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Vodka is a strong, clear alcoholic drink that is said to have its origin in Russia where vodka means “water.” According to historians, the word vodka was written for the first time in 1405 in Polish court documents.
Vodka is made using fermented grains like rice, corn, rye, wheat and even fruits and molasses. Apart from the main ingredient, the process requires water, malt meal and yeast. Malt works as an active ingredient that helps convert grain starch into sugar. And yeast enzymes help food cells extract oxygen from the grain to produce alcohol.
It was during 1940s that vodka’s popularity increased significantly, and is still one of the most popular spirits in the world, indeed in 2019, Smirnoff, the world’s most popular brand of vodka, sold 230m litres worldwide.
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