Vodka is a distilled spirit made from a variety of grains and other fermented substances, including potatoes, corn, rye, and wheat. It is a clear, colorless spirit with a neutral flavor profile and is typically around 40% alcohol by volume (ABV). Vodka is produced by distilling the fermented ingredients to purify the alcohol, then filtering the spirit to remove any impurities and achieve its smooth, clean taste.
Vodka is considered one of the most versatile spirits and is widely used in cocktails, as well as being consumed neat or on the rocks. It is also used as a mixing ingredient in many other drinks, including Bloody Mary's, Screwdrivers, and Vodka Tonics.
Vodka is produced in many countries around the world, with significant production in Russia, Poland, and the United States. Each country and producer may have their own unique production method and flavour profile, although most vodkas aim for a neutral, clean taste that is not overpowering in cocktails.
Vodka is also sometimes flavoured, with popular flavours including citrus, vanilla, and fruit. These flavoured vodkas are often used in specialty cocktails and are consumed neat or on the rocks.