When most folks are asked to reveal their favorite ethnic cuisines, Italian and Mexican are usually right on top. Russian fare is rarely mentioned. However, many that like to drink will agree that Russia has made a stellar contribution to the culinary world. From sipping vodka martinis to savoring penne a la vodka, on October 4 we celebrate Vodka Day.
Though pure vodka has no flavor, more than 100 flavor-infused variations are available. Traditionally, it is distilled from wheat, potatoes or rye. The popular drink is also produced in France, Sweden and the United States. So whose reigns supreme? Celebrate Vodka Day by hosting a blind taste test.
Assign each taster a different brand of pure vodka. Designated drivers will conduct the tests. What makes this pastime so much fun? After a sip or two, some brands will be eliminated immediately while others will require more testing before a decision is made as to which is best. Because of individual preferences there is no wrong answer. Things are bound to get silly.
Round out Vodka Day revelry with some vodka-infused edibles. Angel hair pasta with shrimp or lobster in a creamy pink vodka sauce sounds perfect. Enjoy it with a round of vodka martinis. Of course, this might lead to another taste test to settle the Bond-inspired debate. Shaken or stirred?