European Vodka Brands = Higher Alcohol Percentage
Did you know the European Union established guidelines for vodka production saying that any vodka produced in Europe must maintain an alcohol percentage of at least 37.5% to be considered a “European” vodka? In the United States, the minimum is 30%.
The name “vodka” comes from a Slavic word loosely translated as “little water.” There is much debate over who first produced vodka, and it is still a point of contention amongst those living in Eastern Europe and along the Baltic Sea. With so much pride instilled in the drink and its origin, there is also a belief that the spirit should be drank neat and without any additives. In comparison to the common practice of mixing vodka or creating flavored vodka in the United States and more Western European countries, Eastern European purists hold true to their traditions.