Among the distilled spirits, the simplest and most crude is vodka.
Its production process is very simple, distilling more than 90 degrees of alcohol with grain, and then diluting to 40 to 50 degrees, it can be sold directly. Simply put, it is alcohol to water.
Vodka is famous all over the world because it does not have a personal flavor, so it can be paired with all drinks.
Vodka is paired with orange juice and is a cocktail “screwdriver”; vodka is paired with coffee and is a cocktail “Black Russia”; vodka is paired with tonic water and is a cocktail that Green Zi loves in “Norwegian Forest”; vodka + lime + ginger beer Is the famous Moscow mule.
Therefore, vodka is also known as “the scum man in the wine world”.
The first experience of “Fu”
For most people who have not tasted vodka, drinking vodka may be more of a novelty.
I am a girl, and I am no exception.
Russian vodka is so famous that once made me think that Russian vodka is the strongest liquor in the world. If you have a chance, you must try a fighting national spirit. After I first set foot on this magical land of Russia, I finally got my wish.
I still remember it was a relatively high-end bar. Several friends and I flipped up the menu excitedly and quickly moved to the liquor list page. In the very poor Russian at the time, we ordered a few glasses of vodka from the waiter.
The waiter’s expression was a little puzzled, and she whispered, “Do you need anything else?”
“No need, thank you!”
Soon, the waiter took the tray and brought 6 small cups of vodka.
Yep? Such a small cup? Only 30 milliliters, with a slice of lemon in the cup and a sprinkle of salt.
Is this… vodka? Several of us have a lot of question marks on our heads.
The Russian friend sitting at the table next to him came with both curiosity and disdain. He picked up vodka and said to me: “Girl, do you know how to drink vodka correctly? Look!”
I saw that he licked a cup of salt with his tongue, and then drank this cup of vodka. After drinking, he immediately put the lemon slice in the cup into the mouth, and his expression was grim. After a while, he praised “Great!” The whole process is seamlessly connected, and the movement is quite skilled. Like a set of fixed templates, there is no delay, it can be described as hearty!
So, I was also excited to drink it quickly in this way, but unfortunately there is no taste, not sweet, not bitter or astringent, it looks like crystal clear water, and there is a flaming stimulus when I drink it, it seems to be poured A glass of alcohol, only the slice of lemon brought me the only taste memory.
This is the complete memory of my first contact with vodka. It’s not a bad experience, but it doesn’t evoke any good feelings. Unfortunately, in the days to come I never thought of it, nor did I share the vodka experience with anyone, let alone the emotional cognition.
No taste, no sweetness, no bitterness, no astringency, it looks like crystal clear water, and there is a flaming stimulus after drinking.
What really made me start to pay attention to vodka again is that after 2 years, I once again set foot on this magical land of Russia.
Everyone loves vodka?
Roommate Katya is a Russian girl who loves to drink. After class, she always holds two bottles of wine into the kitchen. At night, she gathers several friends to be guests, drinking, chatting, singing, and dancing together.
This is the evening life of most contemporary Russian college students. As a foreigner, when I first came, I was not only unable to integrate into their lives, but also couldn’t maintain my original normal work and rest. Every morning is the climax of the dormitory atmosphere… Don’t mention what to study, I can guarantee to be in class the next day It’s good not to snooze.
I even pointed to the dormitory management regulations and threatened Katya: “Dorms are not allowed to store wine. Are you afraid that the aunt will find criticism after discovering it?” I hope she can calm down and not be so arrogant.
Who knows, Katya looked at me like he heard something strange: “I’m not wrong? Dormitory is not allowed to bring alcohol? Then maybe our entire dormitory building will be driven away!”
Since the little friction between Katya and me stems from wine, the story of roommates and wine also runs through my entire study abroad career, and I gradually have a different understanding of vodka.
Seeing this, some readers may be curious: Russians like to drink so much, even girls have to drink and chat every day, then the Russians must have a good drink?
I can answer you unequivocally: it’s actually not very good.
You may also ask: Everyone must love vodka in Russia?
I can also answer you affirmatively: No.
On average, roommate Katya invites friends to come to the door 6 times a week, and 5 of 6 times will drink together. According to rough statistics, 3 of these 5 times are red wine or champagne, 1 time is beer, and 1 time may be fruit wine, may be mead, may be gas, or may be vodka.
In my impression, Russian girls love drinking but not vodka, except Katya. My female friends, classmates, and teachers all prefer to drink champagne and wine. They tend to pursue a just slightly boring feeling, and they are also very general in terms of wine volume. One or two glasses of red wine are saturated, not to mention vodka.
In Russia, men drink vodka more than women
They only try to drink vodka when there are boys in the dormitory. On weekdays, when my girlfriends meet, vodka never patronizes my dormitory.
Once, I bought two bottles of vodka and gave it away. Katja quickly asked, “Is this what you bought? Do you want to drink vodka? This is too great!”
It seems that even the national wine does not mean that everyone loves it. In the eyes of Russian women, drinking vodka is too masculine, not in line with the elegant and noble temperament of modern women. In contrast, they will choose higher-priced wines. This is one of the reasons why Russian men drink more than women.
After living in Russia for half a year, I began to slowly integrate into their lives. In my free time, I will participate in Katja’s dormitory party; on major holidays, I will be invited to attend the party feast. When visiting mentors and friends, I often bring two bottles of vodka as a “souvenir”.
When you don’t know what to send, come to a bottle of vodka and try again and again. You will find that vodka always appears in various types of party occasions. The Russians are actually really pure. A bottle of vodka may be able to cope with social situations on various occasions and shorten the distance between people for only a few tens of dollars. Say a few toasts to each other, drink a small glass of vodka, you can be called brother. This low-cost, high-reward social method can be sought after by many people.
Of course, as mentioned earlier, in Russia, the proportion of men drinking vodka is much greater than women. There is a saying: Vodka is their “first wife”. But even if Russian men love vodka, it does not mean that they are really invulnerable.
For Russians, especially for Russian men, vodka is a tool, a medium to relax yourself and share pleasure with others. They drink well, but they are not really drinkable.
The seemingly “drinking like life” Russian wine culture also has merits. For example, the Russians will never persuade alcohol. All drinking behaviors originate from their own love.
Although vodka cannot overcome the virus, it can overcome the fear caused by the virus.
In all the occasions I have experienced, I have never seen anyone get out of control due to excessive drinking, nor have I ever seen anyone who can really drink a thousand glasses of vodka without drunk. I often see netizens sending some entertainment videos about drinking by fighting nations on the Internet, which is actually a bit overwhelming.
The story about Russians drinking vodka dazzled everyone. The sturdy characteristics of the fighting nations are becoming more and more powerful, and sometimes they are really too demonized.
They are also real flesh, which is the same as you and me.
“With vodka, afraid of pneumonia”
Once again, I subverted my perception of vodka after I returned to China. By chance, I met a 96-degree vodka from Poland.
Last year’s “Double Eleven”, my friend Xiaoye sent me several vodka brands and wanted to buy a few bottles to give them away. Let me take a look. I found that one of them has an alcohol content of up to 96%!
I was surprised to ask her: “Where is vodka so violent, this is not medical alcohol?” In my previous perception, vodka is 40 degrees, because this is the unified standard for selling vodka on the Russian market.
After some understanding, I learned that this 96-degree vodka is named “Spirytus” (Spirytus), the origin is Poland, with the 96-degree alcohol level perennially occupying the first place in the global spirits list, known as King of alcohol.
The actual power of this “water of life” in Poland is too strong, which determines that in most cases, it is still used as a base wine to mix cocktails. Like the famous Bloody Mary, it is used as a base wine.
In fact, both Russia and Poland regard vodka as their national wine. The earliest known written record is from a Polish document from 1405. At that time, Vodka’s name was still “Gorzalka”, which means “burning”.
When people mention vodka today, they will habitually think of Russia. However, Poland, which is also a major producer of vodka, rarely has the opportunity to speak for vodka, so that I have never heard of this Polish “water of life” in Russia for several years.
Of course, Xiaoye didn’t buy it in the end. I think most people will be like her, just add it to the shopping cart curiously.
But who would have thought that, in the context of the global spread of the epidemic, Spirytus, the water of life in Poland, officially “debuted”! Its sales in many countries have increased sharply. Because medical alcohol is out of stock, netizens are scrambling to buy Spirytus and use it instead of medical alcohol for disinfection.
At this time, how could Russia’s vodka “show weakness”? ! After the epidemic landed in Eastern Europe, the vodka zone in the Russian supermarket was also quite lonely. The elder brother at the airport who left the country and went to the epidemic area said: “With vodka, I am afraid of pneumonia?”
Although the three Russian tourists on the “Terror Cruise” Diamond Princess were diagnosed, they did not forget to blow a vodka placebo. They believe that as long as there is vodka, the virus is nothing terrible.
The Russians cannot refuse vodka, which is both the root of their material life and the spiritual root of their soul. Although vodka cannot overcome the virus, it can overcome the fear caused by the virus. In contrast, maybe fake wine is the biggest enemy that can take their lives.
In today’s Russia, it is difficult for you to see Russians who drink like alcohol. The old drinking culture is changing quietly. Many young people, like you and me, are exhausted every day to commute to get off work and to keep a clear head. Drinking less or not is becoming fashionable.
These “new Russians” believe that the traditional drunkenness is equivalent to injecting alcohol directly into the blood vessel. It has no meaning and loses the original value of the wine.
The new lifestyle change adds a note to the vodka culture: in the past, when people opened a bottle of vodka, it might be because of sorrow, perhaps for joy, and now, to enjoy life.
What if someone asks me: What do Russians do without vodka?
I think maybe they won’t be happy anymore.