Is vodka Russian?
- Published on Apr 13, 2018
- When Russia came up with its own vodka
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There is no clear understanding about vodka’s origins because it’s difficult for historians to define what was vodka and what wasn’t according to recipes and alcohol percentage.
However, among the disputes, it seems that POLAND holds the lead as vodka’s birthplace.
The world's first written mention using the word "vodka" to describe the drink comes from 1405 Poland. Russia came up with its own “bread wine” 25 years later, in 1430, when the legendary monk Isidore concocted a decent Vodka recipe.
That came straight from the Kremlin by the way. Isidore was from the Chudov Monastery in the Moscow Kremlin.
Vodka was always a great source of income for Russia’s ruling elite - Monarchs or Socialists, the governing body made sure THEY had State Monopoly on producing the country’s favorite beverage.
That was abolished in 1990. That said, modern Russia cut on its (still impressive) drinking habits almost two-fold: the numbers went down from 18 liters of strong alcohol per adult a year in 2011 to 10 in 2017.
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