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Whether it's neat, with orange juice, with Red Bull or for that matter, as part of a fancy cocktail, vodka is one of the most preferred alcoholic beverages around the world. However, very few people know these interesting facts about this popular drink. Hopefully now, you'll get a few topics to discuss the next time you're downing a few pegs with your pals.
Here are 10 things you (probably) never knew about vodka:
Fact one: Since vodka is distilled from water ethanol and fermented potatoes or grains, it contains very little fusel oils--much less than other alcoholic beverages. This coupled with the fact that it is carbon filtered, makes it one of the purest drinks in the world!
Fact two: A litre of vodka weighs only 953 g and not 1 kg as one might imagine!
Fact three: As opposed to popular belief, vodka does go bad if stored for longer periods of time. Ideally, vodka has to be consumed within 12 months of the manufacturing date!
Fact four: Up until 1885, vodka was only sold in 12.3 litre buckets--and even still, it was a very popular drink. Thankfully, smaller bottles were introduced so that we don't spend the early part of our work week coping with a massive hangover!
Fact five: While traditional vodka has exactly 38 percent alcohol, the European Union recognizes any such drink with more than 37.5 percent alcohol content as vodka. On the other hand, all vodka sold in the United States has to have 40 percent or more alcohol content.
Fact six: Due to the high production and consumption of vodka in America, countries like Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, all Nordic and Baltic countries, Poland and areas of Slovakia and Hungary, these regions constitute the Vodka Belt!
Fact seven: Apart from getting you drunk, vodka can also be used for other purposes. For example, soaking your razor blade in vodka after a shave disinfects it and prevents rusting! Vodka can also be used for cleaning glasses and bathrooms because the alcohol tends to kill, mould and mildew! Of course, this is assuming you have enough money to switch from Harpic to vodka!
Fact eight: While there are varied accounts of where vodka originated--either in Russia or Poland--the first variations of Russian vodka were meant for medicinal purposes. It is also reported that Polish vodka was scented and used as aftershave!
Fact nine: According to some historic accounts, vodka was used to make gunpowder in Sweden in the 15th century!
Fact ten: While clear vodka is very popular, its flavored versions are also widely available. Some of the best vodka flavors are red pepper, ginger, varying fruit flavors, vanilla, chocolate (unsweetened), and cinnamon.
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