Vodka and Vodka Cocktails
This can mean two things. There are Russian or Polish Vodkas, of various types but usually delicately flavoured. These are best drunk very cold and neat as an accompaniment to tasty titbits. But for most people, Vodka means the Anglo-American spirit that is as lacking in taste as it is possible for a spirit to be. The term Anglo-American is used advisedly: the modern vogue for Vodka-drinking started in the USA and can actually be pin-pointed to the Cock ‘n Bull Tavern, Los Angeles, where was invented the ‘Moscow Mule’ (Vodka, iced ginger beer and lime or lemon juice). The ‘Moscow Mule’ became fashionable on the trend-setting West Coast, and soon Vodka mixes spread across the country. It took a decade for Vodka to get anything like a similar hold in Britain, where Vodka is usually a pure spirit carefully filtered through a special form of charcoal. Its main merit is that it adds zest to whatever it is mixed with without giving any additional taste. By its purity it is held by some to be less productive of hangovers than other spirits.
Vodka can be used for nearly all drinks traditionally based on Gin.
As for Dry Martini but increase amount of Dry Vermouth and immerse lemon peel (or use grapefruit rind for a change).
Start with 2 Vodka ‘on the rocks’, add tomato juice; Tabasco; cayenne pepper; celery salt; Worcester Sauce — and anything else you care to. Stir.
Can of condensed consomme; 2 Vodka; celery salt, and continue as for Bloody Mary. Stir well. Strain.
Combination of two cocktails above.
Equal amounts Vodka and iced orange juice.
The above, plus Galliano liqueur.
Half-and-half Vodka and Kahlua liqueur ‘on the rocks’.