How To Drink Vodka: Methods Explained
Oct 06, 2020
In Russia, vodka is likened to the elixir of life. In its purest form, vodka is neutral-tasting alcohol with great versatility. Enjoyed alone or mixed with other flavors, vodka is the ultimate party drink. With this handy guide on how to drink vodka, you can enjoy vodka in its many forms.
What Is Vodka?
Vodka is a strong alcohol made by fermenting grains or vegetables like potatoes. The core ingredient used in the fermentation process affects the overall flavor and experience of the vodka. According to experts, grain-based vodkas provide a smoother drinking experience versus vegetable-based vodkas that leave a harsher, botanical taste.
Vodka is a great alternative for calories conscious. Compared to other alcoholic beverages like beer, whiskey, and rum, vodka has the lowest percentage of fats and carbohydrates.
There are two main ways to enjoy vodka- straight or mixed with other flavors. Keep reading to know all about enjoying vodka.
How To Drink Vodka: Two Ways
Method 1: Drinking Vodka Neat.
This is the standard way to consume vodka. Vodka purists may argue that drinking vodka straight is the best way to enjoy the beverage’s depth and intensity.
Get yourself decent vodka
Start by buying a good brand of vodka. This will depend heavily on your budget. Experts say that a good vodka tastes smooth, while a lower quality vodka will be harsh on the palette. Any college student can attest to this fact, drinking cheap alcohol is a wildly unpleasant experience.
You can opt for popular brands like Pristine Vodka. If drinking vodka neat is too much for your palette, you can opt for flavored vodkas like green apple, berry, or vanilla. It is easier to drink flavored vodka neat.
Cool the vodka before serving
After buying the bottle, store in the fridge to cool. You want alcohol to be as cold as possible when serving. Vodka does not freeze like water, so you can store it in the freezer to cool it quickly.
Serve the vodka
Pull out shot glasses to serve the vodka. Fill about one-third of the glass. If you are at a wild party, you are likely to down the shot in one go. Remember, pure vodka is very potent; you can get drunk quickly. Drinking vodka responsibly is key.
Enjoy the vodka
If you are in a calmer setting, enjoy the taste of the vodka by sipping it slowly. Deliberate the taste of the drink by swirling to gently in your glass, take in the aroma and savor the taste on your tongue. If the drink is too harsh for you, add some water or ice to the glass. It will dilute the vodka to make it easier to drink.
Method Two: Make Cocktails With Vodka.
Vodka is neutral tasting, thus complementary to any cocktail recipe. You can almost anything to vodka and create unique tasting cocktails. Standard tools to make cocktails include unflavored vodka, a cocktail making kit, ice, and glasses. Here are some classical cocktail recipes to get you started.
The bar OG: the screwdriver
This the OG cocktail you try in bars. To make a screwdriver, you need to mix one shot of vodka with five to six ounces of orange juice. Add all the ingredients into the cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake it nicely and serve. Screwdrivers are best enjoyed in the summer, during brunch time.
The classic margarita
For the classic margarita, you need lemon margarita mix, plain vodka, a salt sugar mixture for the rim, and some ice. To make the margarita, lightly coat the glass’s rim with water and frost the rim with the sugar-salt mixture. In a cocktail shaker, add one shot of vodka and one shot of the margarita mix. Add some ice and shake the drink properly before serving.
The sophisticated cosmopolitan
This is the “It” drink for all twenty-somethings. To make a cosmopolitan, you need unflavored vodka, cranberry juice, orange-flavored liqueur, and lime juice. Add to two shots of vodka and one shot of all the other liquids. Add cracked ice to the cocktail shaker and mix well. Dress the glass with a sugar rim and pour the drink. Add a lemon/lime peel as garnish.
Make a vodka martini
The elusive James Bond enjoys this cocktail shaken, not stirred. To make vodka martini, you need unflavored vodka, vermouth, ice cubes, olives, and lemon. Mix 2 ounces of vodka with one ounce of vermouth. Add ice to the cocktail shaker and pour the vodka-vermouth mixture. Shake the drink well and pour it into a glass. Add olives and lemon peel as a finishing touch.
Make the bloody mary
This spicy cocktail is great for those who enjoy savory notes in their drinks. To make a Bloody Mary, you need vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, and pepper to taste. Add one shot of vodka to three ounces of tomato juice. Mix in a dash of Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and the seasonings to taste. Add ice and garnish with a celery stick before serving.
Use candies in your drink
Yes, you read that correctly, Vodka can be easily infused into gummy bears. Add gummy bears to a jar and fill it up with vodka. Let it sit in the fridge for two days. Taste the gummy bear to see if the vodka has infused properly. You can use the gummy bears as boozy bar snacks.
Use vodka infused fruits in your cocktails and pitcher drinks
Use fruits like watermelon, strawberries, oranges, pineapple, and peaches to make unique fruits cocktails and pitcher drinks. To make vodka-infused fruit, cut your choice of fruit and add them to a jar. Fill up the jar with vodka and let the fruit infuse for a few days. Strain the fruit out and use the infused vodka in drinks.
Vodka must be enjoyed with friends and family. Organize a zakuski theme party to enjoy vodka and food with your loved ones.
So, it is now your turn to drink vodka. We hope this post would have answered your query of how to drink vodka. What are you going to try today? Let us know in the comments below.