National Vodka Day Helps You Get Ready For National Bosses Day
National Vodka Day 2010: Oct. 4th | National Bosses Day Oct 16th. (vodka video recipes)
Call it serendipity but National Vodka Day precedes National Bosses Day. So feel free to raise a glass of Vodka toasting or cursing your boss as the case may be over the next 10 days or so.
If you like your boss and you know he likes vodka then splurge on a good bottle of the world's most popular spirit.
The website The Fifty Best has done a fairly comprehensive taste testing of the best imported vodkas - and not it is not Grey Goose
In a blind taste testing the vodka testers determined there was a 3-way tie for the best tasting vodka: Absolut, Finlandia, and Rus
Wine Enthusiast Magazine has chosen to emphasize the National in National Vodka Day. It has a list of some lovely vodkas made right in the United States including;
4 North (Rigby, ID) distills its vodkas from Idaho-grown Burbank and Russett potatoes. Craft bartenders have embraced the Rainier Cherry and Mountain Huckleberry flavors; an unflavored “Magic Valley Vodka” made with local winter wheat also is available.
Hangar One Mandarin Blossom (Alameda, CA) This artisan distiller makes soft, sophisticated vodkas distilled from viognier wine and wheat. In addition to other creative fresh-fruit infusions like Kaffir Lime and Citron “Buddha’s Hand,” their Mandarin Blossom infusion is one of the best around, with a honeyed-floral fragrance and a clean, brisk flavor.
National Vodka Day 2010: History of Vodka
While most of us don't consider the history of vodka preferring to think of it as a base for cocktails, Vodka's history in of itself is worth noting.
There is some dispute on where it all began for Vodka. Russians claim they were the first to distill somewhere around the end of the 9th century. Some say the Poles did in the 8th. Even others claim the Poles were making a distillate of wine, so it truly wasn’t vodka because it was made of grapes… yikes. What we do know is that written history (specifically a document called the Vyatka Chronicle of 1174) places the first distillery, Khylnovsk, in Russia around that time.
It is generally accepted that the word vodka comes from the Romanization of the Polish and Russian word "Водка" or the word “voda” meaning “water” in Russian. There are speculations that the naming of vodka with “water” stems from the Latin “aqua vitae” used to describe alcoholic beverages in nearby civilizations.