When talking about Vodka in the world it is common to think of Russia's most famous drink. A drink characterized by its large amount of alcohol, traditionally around 40% of the volume; although varieties can be found between 37% and 50%; and you can even buy Vodka with a percentage of 96% alcohol volume.
The interesting thing about this word is that Vodka for the Russians at first, it did not refer to a particular drink; rather, Vodka meant all those distilled beverages with cereal flavor other than Whiskey. This has changed a bit, adding a certain Russian stamp to the drink.
Vodka Something more than a Russian drink!
It is said that the origin of Vodka is in search of an alcoholic beverage that could not freeze under the weather in Russia; looking for the ideal percentage of alcohol so that it would not freeze, but that in turn would not cause havoc on human health; this way it came to an Alcoholic beverage of 40%. In its origins it was simply a drink based on alcohol and water.
Today a flavored vodka is commercialized in much of the world, where alcohol is mixed with fruit juices. The most widely consumed alcoholic beverages in the world are Whiskey, Rum and Vodka; being the 2012 the year of Vodka when it became the most consumed alcoholic drink on the planet.
Smirnoff, is the most consumed brand of Russian origin in the world, although it is owned by Diageo, a British manufacturer. However, although the variety of Vodkas has been internationalized; for the Russians (and most of the neighboring countries) a real Vodka is drunk pure.
In Russia you can visit the Vodka Museum in St. Petersburg, a true school in which you can learn more about its history, the different varieties that exist in the world, the different distillation techniques that exist, the ways to serve it and the most famous cocktails based on vodka and also the culinary uses that They can transform your meals. The tasting of the drink is something that you can enjoy in the museums; as well as moving to the past with the different advertisements that have been made about Vodka.
Visiting the Vodka Museum, tourists can realize that Vodka is more than a simple alcoholic drink for the Russians. Vodka is history, because the bottles of the most famous Vodka factories that existed in the country are exposed, as well as stories and photos where the drink was present. It also means national pride, because its way of drinking radiates a ritual that has been handed down from generation to generation.