One of the world's famous vodka brands "Absolut".

One of the world’s famous vodka brands “Absolut”.

In the world today there is no better alcoholic beverage than “Vodka” when it comes to keeping the body warm especially in extremely cold climatic conditions.  It is for this reason that Vodka which means “little water” in Russian is used widely in regions which experiences extremely harsh winters. So apart from Russia and its neighbours the entire Scandinavian belt is where Vodka has over the years been produced and has also been used on a large scale.

The actual origin on Vodka has been rather hotly debated for years now. While some experts say that it originated in Russia in the late 19th century while some others say that is was in Poland during the 8th century. However it was during the 14th century that a British ambassador to Moscow was the first to describe Vodka as a Russian national drink thereby most probably indicating that Russia is possibly the country of origin of Vodka. Although eventually this drink became so popular in some of the Scandinavian nations that it was also declared as a national drink in Poland and Finland. According to some Russian legends from the Novogorod Chronicles of 1533 Vodka was quite often used as medicine. As for the first distillation of Vodka according to Gin and Vodka Association (GVA) it was supposed happened to have occurred at the a distillery at Khylnovsk in Russia as stated in the Vyatka Chronicles of 1174.

The Vodka basically consists of water, ethanol, and at times traces of impurities and flavorings. It is distilled by using fermented substances such as grains, potatoes, or sometimes fruits or sugar too is added.  While traditionally Vodka contains 40% alcohol by volume content (or 80 alcohol proof) it has been reduced to 37.5% alcohol by volume by the European Union for any Vodka made in Europe.  While any Vodka sold in the United States needs to have alcoholic content of 30% or more. With Vodka being useful to keep the body warm it is normally drunk neat especially in countries such as Russia, Poland, Finland etc.

With the increased use of Vodka especially towards the end of the 19th century which resulted in Vodka finally being formally recognized as a brand of a variety of alcohol. It was also unfortunately during the Russian revolution when the Bolsheviks decided to ban all distilleries in Moscow as a result of which a number of Vodka manufacturers immigrated to countries such as France and one such Vodka baron revived his brand in Paris under a French translation of his family name that was called “Smirnoff”. It was this brand Smirnoff that then set up a distillery in United States. It is this induction into the American market that eventually led to Vodka becoming world famous as an alcoholic beverage.

With the popularity of Vodka only increasing from the end of the 19th century onwards into the 20th century the brands of Vodka too have increased. Some of the famous Vodka brands includes Smirnoff, Absolut, Romanov etc. Although one of the famous brands of Vodka in the world is Absolut which was brought by French group Pernod Ricard in 2008 for 5.63billions from the Swedish state in 2008 and has now also become third largest brand in alcoholic beverages after Bacardi and Smirnoff.  Although Absolut was established by Swedish Lars Olsson Smith and produced in Ahus Sweden it has been made into a brand by smart marketing strategies applied since its initiation into the world market in 1979. The marketing strategies for this brand includes use of variety of flavors such lemon, black current, orange, vanilla, raspberry etc and, secondly the use special bottles such as Absolut BRITTO, Absolut CHROME, Absolut BRASIL (which is specially made bottle Brazilian artists Nelson Leirner and  Daniel Senise) etc.

With Vodka now a famous alcoholic beverage all over the world and with brands such as Absolut in great demand the supply is only going to increase which will only act as music to the ears of all Vodka drinkers all around the world.

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In the world today there is no better alcoholic beverage than “Vodka” when it comes to keeping the body warm especially in extremely cold climatic conditions.  It is for this reason that Vodka which means “little water” in Russian is used widely in regions which experiences extremely harsh winters....