New Years Drinks

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Vodka, not just from Russia with Love

By Russ Cobbe

Both the Polish and Russians claim to have invented vodka, which in Russian means water. Poland claims to have invented Vodka in 1405 and exported it to Russia while Russia claims to have evolved it over many centuries. Both Poland and Sweden initially used vodka as a medicinal. It wasn't until the 16th century that it was sold as an alcoholic beverage. At different times in Sweden, Poland and Russia, the sale of vodka was limited or restricted due to moral issues. Taxes were imposed or increased to curb widespread drunkenness.

Vodka is distilled from wheat, potatoes or rye with rye grain generally producing the best flavor. The distillation process initially was quite primitive but by the 18th century, triple distillation was being used to produce a very smooth product. Today, 25% of all spirit based alcohol sold is vodka and there are thousands of vodka based drinks. Here are some great vodka based cocktails to try out:
Desert Sunrise Recipe
1.0 dash Grenadine
3.0 cubes crushed Ice
1.5 oz. Orange juice
1.5 oz. Pineapple Juice
1.25 oz. Vodka

Pour all ingredients into a collins glass almost filled with crushed ice. Top with grenadine, and serve
Jane's Addiction Recipe
3.0 oz. Orange
2.0 oz. Pineapple
2.0 oz. Vodka

Pour Vodka, Pineapple Juice, and Orange Juice into shaker. Fill a Highball glass almost full of ice cubes, and dump ice into shaker. Shake well and pour drink into highball glass

Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against A Wall

0.25 oz. Galliano
3.0 oz. Orange juice
0.5 oz. Sloe gin
0.75 oz. Southern Comfort
0.5 oz. Vodka

Fill a shaker half full with ice cubes. Pour all ingredients into shaker and shake well. Fill a Highball glass almost full with ice cubes and strain drink into Highball glass

Always remember to drink responsibly including not drinking and driving. For more cocktail information you can visit

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