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By Victorino Matus

It begun as toxic rotgut in Medieval Russia—Ivan the poor loved it, Peter the nice loved it—but this grain alcohol “without special personality, aroma, style, or colour” has develop into our uncontested king of spirits. Over one thousand manufacturers struggle for marketplace proportion, shelved in glass skulls, Tommy weapons, bulletproof bottles; flavored with pears, currants, chipotle; or quintuple distilled by means of Donald Trump. however it wasn’t constantly 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 a huge visible trip from vodka’s humble American origins in a Depression-era Connecticut factory—using the relatives recipe from a negative Russian exile in France named Vladimir Smirnov—through its upward thrust to glamour and status by the hands of James Bond and the Nineteen Nineties increase enshrined in Sex and the City’s gray Goose Cosmos to today’s craft distillery move, which ways the drink as an artwork shape. You’ll see in transparent, intoxicating element how hippie tradition, women’s lib, and a completely creative Swedish corporation all performed their half, reworking the booze right into a prestige image. by means of 1975, the battle had ended: Vodka formally grew to become our favourite spirit. at the present time, a 3rd of all cocktails ordered comprise it. final yr $20 billion in revenues poured in from greater than one hundred forty million gallons of the stuff. this is the crisply distilled, bracing tale of the way risk-taking marketers defied the chances and became medieval medication right into a multibillion-dollar industry.

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