Vodka is a clear distilled alcoholic beverage from Europe. It has various brands that come from Poland, Russia, and Sweden. It is composed mainly of water and ethanol but occasionally with traces of impurities and flavorings. Customarily it is made by distilling the liquid from cereal grains that have been fermented, with potatoes arising as a replacement in more modern times and some new brands using fruits, honey, or maple sap as the base.
Since the 1890s, standard vodkas have been 40% alcohol by volume. The European Union has created a minimum alcohol content of 37.5% for vodka. Vodka in the United States has a minimum alcohol content of 40%.
Vodka is customarily drunk “neat,” and it is often served freezer chilled in the vodka belt of Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, and Ukraine. It has also been used in brews and blended drinks, such as the vodka martini, Cosmopolitan, vodka tonic, screwdriver, greyhound, Black or White Russian, Moscow mule, Bloody Mary, and Caesar.