Inexperienced consumers believe that there are no types of vodka, and all that is sold is only ethyl alcohol diluted with water. But in fact, the vodka assortment is very wide. Not only is the alcohol itself obtained by different methods, it is also possible to improve the taste of the drink with various additives.

In Russia, it is customary to distinguish two types of vodkas: ordinary and special.

Ordinary – these are simple water-alcohol mixtures that do not contain foreign impurities, they only include alcohol and water. The taste of these vodkas depends on the concentration of alcohol and the quality of the water. In our stores, ordinary species are represented by such varieties of vodka as Pshenichnaya, Ordinary Starorusskaya, Sibirskaya, Extra.

Special – in their production, aromatic and flavoring additives are used that soften the burning taste of alcohol. Drinking them is more pleasant than ordinary types of vodkas. Special vodkas include: Stolichnaya, Posolskaya, Russkaya, Moskovskaya Osobaya and Rossiyskaya.

In many countries, there are alcoholic drinks that resemble vodka. The recipe and raw materials may differ, but in a sense, it is also vodka.

Vodka-like drinks

Name of vodka Raw materials Country
Absinthe sagebrush France, Czech Republic
Anisetta anise Spain
Arak anise Lebanon, Iraq
Arak dates Turkey
Arka koumiss Buryatia and Kalmykia
Bamboo bamboo Indonesia
Barats-Palinka apricot Croatia, Hungary
Buryakovka (Buryachikha) sugar beet Ukraine
Villamina pear Switzerland
Whiskey barley Ireland, England
Bourbon whiskey corn and wheat USA
Grappa grape Italy
Gin juniper cones England, Ireland
Melon melons Kabardino-Balkaria
Calvados apples France, Spain
Cannabis hemp Czech
Kashasa sugarcane Brazil
Kirschwasser Cherry Germany
Maotai rice China
Mastic anise Bulgaria
Peisakhovka raisin Israel
Pulque Cactus Mexico
Sake rice Japan
Sambuca anise Italy
Chacha grape Georgia
Schnapps potato Germany
Yarzhebyak Rowan Poland

As you can see from the table, drinks similar to vodka are made from raw materials that are in abundance in a particular area. Mainly used are cereals, grapes and anise.

Do not forget that only drinks produced in Russia can be called “vodka”. This right was received by the USSR in 1982 by a decision of international arbitration.