Vodka is one of the world famous alcoholic drinks. For the first time the word “vodka” was mentioned in an official document at the time of Elisabeth I who was daughter of Peter the Great. First prototype of vodka was made in the 10th century. And as they say it was brought to Russia in the 14th century. In 1533 in Moscow the first tsar’s public house was opened. Different alcoholic drinks including vodka were sold there. That time they measured vodka by buckets. Each bucket contained a little bit more than 12 liters.
There are many traditions connected to vodka. Some of them go back to the ancient times. For example, at time of Peter the Great the person who was late for a feast had to drink extra shot of vodka at once. But that vodka shot was not so small that time. Actually it was a cup (almost half a litter). That is why foreigners came to such kind of feasts together with copartners. If one drank and fell asleep; another one could talk about politics and other affairs of state level.
Vodka is served by the owner of a house or a special guest. As a rule it is served by a man. They give a toast before drinking. The first toast is for health.
In Russia they sometimes drink vodka brotherhood. It means to keep names above titles. Fist they drink their shots of vodka then kiss each other.
There are some recommendations for vodka:
– Drink it in the cold time of the year.
– Don’t drink alone.
– Cool it before drinking.
– Drink it from a shot glass.
– Don’t mix it up with other alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks.
– Control yourself.
– Don’t drink it in one shot and don’t sip.
– Take it with cold & hot starters which go well with this drink.
PS The Ministry of Public Health warns you that too much alcohol is bad for your health.0