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By Victorino Matus

It begun as toxic rotgut in Medieval Russia—Ivan the bad cherished it, Peter the nice loved it—but this grain alcohol “without special personality, aroma, flavor, 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 continuously hence. For two hundred years, the US 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 drugs, unseat America’s favourite hooch? Vic Matus takes us on an enormous visible trip from vodka’s humble American origins in a Depression-era Connecticut factory—using the kinfolk recipe from a bad 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 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 inventive Swedish corporation all performed their half, reworking the booze right into a prestige image. by way of 1975, the warfare had ended: Vodka formally turned our favourite spirit. this present day, a 3rd of all cocktails ordered comprise it. final 12 months $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 percentages and became medieval drugs right into a multibillion-dollar industry.

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