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By Victorino Matus

It begun as toxic rotgut in Medieval Russia—Ivan the bad loved it, Peter the nice loved it—but this grain alcohol “without exact personality, aroma, flavor, or colour” has develop into our uncontested king of spirits. Over one thousand manufacturers struggle for marketplace percentage, shelved in glass skulls, Tommy weapons, bulletproof bottles; flavored with pears, currants, chipotle; or quintuple distilled via Donald Trump. however it wasn’t regularly hence. For 2 hundred years, the United States drank the brown stuff, which gave us Colonial rumrunners, the Whiskey uprising, and Bourbon County, Kentucky. So how did Russia’s “little water,” initially a medieval rotgut medication, unseat America’s favourite hooch? Vic Matus takes us on an immense visible trip from vodka’s humble American origins in a Depression-era Connecticut factory—using the relations recipe from a negative Russian exile in France named Vladimir Smirnov—through its upward thrust to glamour and popularity by the hands of James Bond and the Nineties growth enshrined in Sex and the City’s gray Goose Cosmos to today’s craft distillery circulate, which techniques the drink as an paintings shape. You’ll see in transparent, intoxicating element how hippie tradition, women’s lib, and a fully inventive Swedish corporation all performed their half, remodeling the booze right into a prestige image. through 1975, the warfare had ended: Vodka formally turned our favourite spirit. at the present time, a 3rd of all cocktails ordered include it. final 12 months $20 billion in revenues poured in from greater than one hundred forty million gallons of the stuff. here's the crisply distilled, bracing tale of the way risk-taking marketers defied the percentages and became medieval drugs right into a multibillion-dollar industry.

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