Ritual Chill it
- Vodka was made to withstand the cruel Russian winters. Frozen travelers and explorers would set up camp and build a raging fire. They would drink their chilled vodka deep into the night while they told stories of Russian heroes and terrifying baba yagas.
- The vodka they drank was just above freezing – between 5-7 C. At this temperature the vodka was perfectly balanced for a warming intensity and smooth mellow character.
- The Western world commonly falls foul to tasteless frozen vodka or an overly aggressive vodka served at room temperature. In Russia we simply rely on Mother Nature to take care of balancing our vodka’s temperature.
- Serving it.
- Vodka is traditionally served in pre-chilled tall single shot, stemmed, glasses. Similar to champagne, you must take care to avoid warming vodka with the heat radiating out from your fingertips.