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Pristine Vodka's FAQ

 

What is vodka made from?

Vodka may be distilled from any starch - or sugar-rich plant matter; most vodka today is produced from grains such as ryewheat sorghum, potato or corn. Among grain vodkas, rye and wheat vodkas are generally considered superior.

What is the difference between wheat vodka and potato vodka?

The differences between the two vodkas are as follows:

Grain vodka is typically cleaner, while potato vodkas have a viscous, slightly oily texture.

Potato vodka is often slightly sweet; there are sweet grain vodkas, of course, but sweetness is common among potato vodkas.

Generally, potato vodka is harsher in both flavor and after taste

Potato vodka has never topped grain vodka and this could be because:

  • Potato vodka is generally more expensive than wheat vodka because of the large quantity of potatoes required to produce a similar amount of vodka.
  • Wheat (grain)vodka is much more likely to pair better with food, specifically with dishes rich in tradition from Poland or Russia.
  • Wheat vodka is better enjoyed straight as opposed to potato vodka which is generally mixed to hide the harsher taste.

What is Pristine Vodka made from?

Pristine Vodka is a wheat based vodka imported from the Ukraine.

Where can I order/purchase Pristine Vodka?

Currently you may purchase Pristine Vodka at:

Liquor stores carrying Pristine Vodka.

Order Online.

You can order Pristine Vodka at these fine restaurants. Remember to ask for Pristine by name (accept no substitutes!).

Restaurants/bars serving Pristine Vodka

Why is Pristine Vodka better than other vodkas?

From the ingredients to the process to the end result... Pristine Vodka is a product worthy of being sold and called Ultra Premium Vodka! The result is this amazing exciting product from the Ukraine. It starts with water sourced from the Carpathian Mountains. Why is this important? Well, there are really two reason why this is so important. First, this area is an ancient wild forest of Europe with no agriculture or industrial activity in the surrounding areas and where no chemicals, fertilizers, or contaminants taint the product. Second, the water is rich with is natural minerals which leads us to the process. Pristine Vodka is "gravity filtered" from 3 stories high. This is a natural process not a forced process. And that makes all the difference in creating a truly PRISTINE experience. Many (even other top shelf vodkas) use water that is "forced" through filtration losing its valuable minerals. Thus, leaving nature's pristine minerals in the water and adding LIFE to the end result.

And as you know...LIFE is EXCITEMENT and ADVENTURE! Your customers will experience a wonderful smooth texture from start to finish with a vodka that is true to the way its supposed to be made.

Why the name Pristine Vodka?

The name “Pristine” inspired the product design which embodies simplicity and elegance. Pristine is a word which is characterized by purity, cleanliness, and freshness. The brand name is key in expressing what Pristine Vodka represents. When Pristine's owner, Alex Bratslavsky, came to the US and experienced the numerous brands of vodka on the shelves he had no idea that it would lead him to creating his own brand. Tired of all the sub par vodkas he tried, Alex set out to make a vodka that was pure, honest and true to the way vodka should be. He contracted a local graphic designer, Frank Romeo, and explained the thoughts and passion behind his vision. 

The logo was an embodiment of that idea. The crown represents the prestige of kingliness (or that of being upper echelon) will the 3 jewels at the top and the 8 jewels at the bottom represent 38 (38%) or the original percentage by the European Union.

(Most vodkas sold in the US are 40% by volume)

Is vodka better straight or mixed in a cocktail?

Ask a true Russian and they will always tell you (maybe even laugh or smirk) "straight" is the only way to enjoy vodka. 

For us at Pristine, straight or mixed is entirely up to you. True you may mask the subtle nuances of the vodka if you mix it but regardless, it starts with a quality vodka whether your preference is straight or mixed. Afterall, a poor vodka can ruin any drink!

Our suggestion: If you are new to the vodka experience, try different brands of vodka straight and judge for yourself. We are sure that once Pristine Vodka livens your taste buds, you'll understand!

Again, however you enjoy your drinks, make sure it starts with a quility vodka like Pristine Vodka.

What are some of the terms used when ordering a drink?

There is substantial confusion in the usage of "neat", or "straight up", "straight", and "up".In the context of describing ways of serving a drink, all of these mean "served without ice", but some bar patrons and bartenders use them inconsistently.

"Neat" and "up" are relatively unambiguous. The term "neat" means "a single, unmixed liquor at room temperature", and "up" means "chilled and served without ice in a cocktail glass.

"Straight" is often used interchangeably with "neat" (in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States). However, "straight" is also often used to refer to a spirit that is in an unmixed state in general, in addition to being used to describe a way of serving it. 

"With a twist" signals the bartender to add a "twist" of lemon or lime (bar choice, if unspecified) to the cocktail. Often, the bartender will hang the rind of the citrus on the glass as a garnish.

"Cocktails" are generally served chilled, although some (e.g., margaritas) may be served either with or without ice, and this must be specified. Cocktails can be served "frozen" which is with crushed ice instead of cubes.

Unmixed liquors may be served either neat, up, or on the rocks (ice), with differing conventions. High quality whisky and other aged liquor is most often served neat, while lower quality whisky is usually served with a mixer or on the rocks.

Vodka is sometimes served chilled because of its high proof and low particulate content, vodka can be stored as a liquid well below the freezing point of water, and cocktails made with "frozen vodka" are sometimes requested to minimize the amount of added water from melted ice during shaking.

"Chaser": A shot of whisky, tequila, or vodka, when served neat in a shot glass, is often accompanied by a "chaser" (a mild drink consumed after a shot of hard liquor) or a "water back" (a separate glass of water). These terms commingle as well; it is common in many locales to hear a "beer back" ordered as the chaser to a shot. A drink may specifically be ordered "no chaser" as well.

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