A History Of Vodka

Author: Vil'i͡am Vasil'evich Pokhlebkin
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9780860913597
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Savored by peasants and Tsars, condemned by clerics and the architects of perestroika, vodka has been the joy and scourge of the Russian nation for centuries. But what are the origins of the Russians' favorite drink? Did vodka emerge as an authentic national discovery from the brewing-shops of the monasteries of medieval Russia, or was the secret of its preparation imported from elsewhere? When was it that people first experienced vodka's now famed property of "knocking drinkers off their feet?" With formidable scholarship and considerable dry wit, William Pokhlebkin, one of Russia's best-known historians, sets out on the detective trail. His aim: to reveal the strange truth about his country's most famous tipple. The result is a triumph of historical deduction. As he uncovers the social, economic and technical background to the emergence of vodka, and indeed tells us how and with what the spirit should be drunk, the author creates an unconventional but true-to-life portrait of the society and social psychology that gave birth to today's Russia. He argues that those who have controlled the vodka stills have controlled the density of Russia—first the Boyars, then the Tsars, and in this century the Bolsheviks. In Pokhlebkin's view Gorbachev unwisely attempted to suppress vodka, allowing the Mafia to seize control of its production and distribution. Perestroika was thus doomed. Pokhlebkin believes that both prohibitionism and drunkenness are scourges which encourage one another. He insists that vodka itself doesn't make people drunk, only irresponsible and uncultured ways of consuming it. A History of Vodka is the work not only of a fine scholar but of a passionate advocate of the virtues of vodka and a stern critic of those who have misused it.


Author: Patricia Herlihy
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1861899548
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Vodka is the most versatile of spirits. While people in Eastern Europe and the Baltic often drink it neat, swallowing it in one gulp, others use it in cocktails and mixed drinks—bloody marys, screwdrivers, white russians, and Jell-O shots—or mix it with tonic water or ginger beer to create a refreshing drink. Vodka manufacturers even infuse it with flavors ranging from lemon and strawberry to chocolate, bubble gum, and bacon. Created by distilling fermented grains, potatoes, beets, or other vegetables, this colorless, tasteless, and odorless liquor has been enjoyed by both the rich and the poor throughout its existence, but it has also endured many obstacles along its way to global popularity. In this book, Patricia Herlihy takes us for a ride through vodka’s history, from its mysterious origins in a Slavic country in the fourteenth century to its current transatlantic reign over Europe and North America. She reveals how it continued to flourish despite hurdles like American Prohibition and being banned in Russia on the eve of World War I. On its way to global domination, vodka became ingrained in Eastern European culture, especially in Russia, where standards in vodka production were first set. Illustrated with photographs, paintings, and graphic art, Vodka will catch the eye of any reader intrigued by how “potato juice” became an international industry.


Author: Boris Starling
Publisher: Seal Books
ISBN: 0307365956
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A multi-stranded, groundbreaking Russian thriller from the bestselling British author of Messiah and Storm. In December of 1991 Moscow is a city in chaos, torn apart by gang violence and hyperinflation, its population in terror of a killer preying on children. Into this anarchy comes Alice Liddell, an American banker charged with starting the privatization process crucial to Russia’s hopes of reform. But reform means hardship, and surviving the Russian winter is already too hard; Alice has only a short period to succeed before the people lose patience with the progressive government. Her target is the Red October distillery, Russia’s most famous vodka producer, but Alice soon discovers that time is the least of her problems. Red October is the centrepiece of a savage mafiya war between its charismatic boss Lev and his Chechen nemesis Karkadann. Are the brutal child killings terrorizing Moscow connected to their violent conduct? How should Alice handle the discovery that Red October is riddled with corruption? And can Alice and Lev, adversaries across the negotiating table, reconcile their contradictory professional aims with their very unprofessional feelings for each other? As the characters get sucked into a vortex of violence, passion and betrayal, their struggles are no longer simply for their own aims; they are for the soul of Russia itself. Concentrated over 100 days of a Russian winter, Vodka is an epic thriller of taut suspense, shocking brutality and heart-pounding pace; it is a saga of rivalry and bloodshed, a searing study of addiction and adultery.


Author: Victorino Matus
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493012630
Size: 23.17 MB
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It began as poisonous rotgut in Medieval Russia—Ivan the Terrible liked it, Peter the Great loved it—but this grain alcohol “without distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color” has become our uncontested king of spirits. Over a th


Author: Red Howard
Publisher: Friedman-Fairfax
ISBN: 9781567997545
Size: 61.94 MB
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Featuring recipes for vodka-based drinks and dishes, this guide also includes a complete, cross-cultural history of vodka, with information on production, brands, and popularity throughout the world. Color photos.

40 Degrees East

Author: Nicholas Ermochkine
Publisher: Nova Publishers
ISBN: 9781590335949
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Vodka is enjoying unprecedented popularity in the West at the present time. Specialised vodka bars are opening all over Continental Europe and the US. It is becoming increasingly fashionable to drink vodka neat. The top restaurants in New York, Paris and London no longer have misgivings about serving quality iced vodka with fine gourmet dishes. Premium vodkas are regularly found on the shelves of retail wine outlets reserved for cognac, euax-de-vie and whiskey. But paradoxically, in Poland and to a lesser degree in Russia, vodka's popularity is waning as the middle class discover wines and spirits imported from the West. What is happening here? This neat book explodes the myths surrounding vodka, unravels its history and describes its production. The style and culture of vodka drinking are articulated in spellbinding fashion. This is truly one for the road. Contents: Introduction; Part I: Demon Drink: The Cult of The Green Viper; Vodka Rites and Revels; A Thousand Years of Vodka?; Reflections on Perceptions; Triple Distilled from Premium Grains; Tasting Notes; Part II: The Only Genuine Vodka (Russian); The only True Vodka (Polish); The Only Authentic Vodka (Ukrainian); Myths, Mat

Vodka For Breakfast

Author: David Gurevich
Publisher: ENC Press
ISBN: 0972832122
Size: 17.24 MB
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A saga of love, friendship, life, drugs, and opportunities almost lost on an ex-KGB company man who leads a seemingly decent immigrant¿s life of quiet desperation in New York.

Vodka 1000

Author: Ray Foley
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402248695
Size: 21.79 MB
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Ray Foley, publisher of Bartender magazine, presents 1,000 cocktails, food recipes, fascinating facts, and resources about the spirit that inspired such marvelous inventions as the Martini, the Cosmopolitan, and Vodka Lemon-Meringue Layer Cake. Discover: --50 fascinating facts about vodka --750 unbeatable vodka cocktails --50 delicious food recipes --Information on 50 producers of vodka --100 vodka websites and resources Never before has this much information on vodka been collected in one place. From the #1 name in Never before has this much information on vodka been collected in one place. From the #1 name in bartending, The Vodka 1000 is a must-have for bartenders, cooks, and vodka enthusiasts.

Vodka On My Wheaties

Author: Ann Lloyd
Publisher: Biographical Publishing Co.
ISBN: 1929882610
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Vodka On My Wheaties is like no other book you have ever read. The events that have happened to Ann Lloyd are only seen on the silver screen, but all of her stories are non-fiction. Her book reads like a novel even though it's an autobiography. Vodka On My Wheaties is filled with a humorous potpourri of real life happenings for a wide range of people to enjoy. The beginning chapters reveal that Ann was programmed from birth to march to the beat of a different drum. She was the only child of neurotic parents and it was not in her nature to follow the herd. Married at eighteen to a prominent drug store magnate twice her age, she finds herself, at the age of twenty-two, a widow. From her sudden dramatic exposure to a life of opulent wealth and world travels, Ann and her second husband settled down to build an exclusive out-island scuba diving resort in the Bahamas, which attracted the rich and famous. As a self-appointed, liberated female the adventures do not stop there. Join in Ann's kaleidoscopic journey down one of life's most unusual paths and her ability to "make things happen." Ann's story is bursting with romance, adventure, mystery, celebrities, substance abuse, and much more! Publishers Weekly Review: Lloyd's unconventional memoir is told with gusto and packed with honest, entertaining episodes. Raised by "intense and neurotic" parents, the quirky narrator with a "mind and a will of [her] own" endures a lonely childhood and tumbles through her colorful life. Tying the knot with her handsome boyfriend results in a dangerous marriage that threatens her life. Her second marriage leads the author to support her new husband's many "failed business enterprises" and then maintain a resort in the Bahamas. Her brief third marriage leads to substance abuse, as she starts "drowning her depression in vodka." Eventually Lloyd discovers a 12-step program to maintain sobriety, filling the "empty void left by the removal of alcohol" with the "fruits of spirituality." But the onset of an autoimmune disease changes everything and forces Lloyd to remake her life yet again.


Author: Ian Wisniewski
ISBN: 9781841725062
Size: 79.72 MB
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As the world's most popular and versatile liquor, vodka is at the heart of any bar, served neat to sip and savor, or as an essential ingredient in the coolest cocktails. Ian Wisniewski reveals all you need to know about vodka. He explores vodka's traditional homelands and leading distilleries, explaining the differences between vodkas distilled using barley, wheat, corn, rye, and potatoes. From classic Polish and Russian vodkas such as Wyborowa and Stolichnaya to flavoured vodkas--fruity Ketel One Citroen and herbaceous Zubrowka--there has never been such a wide range of vodka available. Ian provides practical tips on how best to enjoy vodka, with recipes for classic vodka-based cocktails, and ideas for some great dishes to try with it, including Scandinavian-style crayfish and Russian blinis with sour cream and caviar. Whether you prefer to sip or shoot, with Vodka at hand you'll soon become a connoisseur of this fascinating liquor.