Get ready for a strong stuff!
Today I would like to tell you about one of the biggest tradition, witch is warming up our hearts, souls and throats! What’s that? you will know all about it shortly!
It is ofcourse…
Vodka – a high-percentage alcoholic beverage consisting of alcohol distillate diluted with water in a ratio of approximately 2: 3 (40%).
Poland is a country that is famous for its pure vodka of the highest quality. Tradition has been rooted in our country for many years now. It is also typically Polish to have a glass in a hand, toast, and even to give vodka as a gift or as a sign of gratitude for doing some favors!
Vodka is also an inseparable element of any traditional wedding. Already at the very beginning, before the young couple even crosses the threshold of the wedding house, the hosts are treated with bread, salt and just a glass of pure vodka.
It is also a tradition that the groom deals with the organization and purchase of vodka for the wedding. One of the worst gaffs that can happen during the wedding ceremony is the eventuality of the moment when the vodka would run out!
A bottle of pure vodka is such an important element on the table of revelers that it is usually adorned with a special, occasional label or pendant. The purpose of this practice is also that it is in a good tone to give each guest one bottle of wedding vodka. It is an expression of gratitude for coming and participating in the celebration of this important day for wedding couple.
Polish tradition (practiced not only at weddings!) is the way of drinking vodka. The so-called vodka plus appetizer, i.e. the most commonly pickled cucumber, herring or a piece of… sausage!
E viva espania!!
The vodka probably reached Poland at the end of the XV century, perhaps due to the Spanish monks who knew the secrets of distillation and wandered around Europe, they could convey this knowledge to other religious. There is no doubt, however, that at the beginning of the sixteenth century, this liquor appeared in our lands for good!
Just pure vodka? not really!
- pure vodka – being diluted water up to 45% (or more) of rectified spirits
– pure pure vodkas – made of rectified grain or potato rectified spiritchoice vodkas – formed from rectified rectified spirit (twice rectified)- luxury vodkas – created from luxury rectified spirit (repeatedly rectified)
– quality spirits – obtained from rectified spirit, water, plant extracts, fragrance oils, sugar, etc .;
- broadly defined flavored vodkas also include high-grade alcoholic beverages produced from:
– fruit and herbal rectified distillates (calvados, wine bottle, kirsh, grappa, gin, citrine, blubber, gherkin, Aniżówka, goldwasser) – standard quality vodkas,- non-rectified distillates (arak, rum, old woman , whiskey, brandy, rakija, plum brandy, mulberry, tequila, mezcal) – natural quality vodka
moonshine – alcoholic beverage similar to vodka produced from distilled but unreacted spirits.
How its affect us?
Considering only the circulatory system, the dose of alcohol positively affecting the heart is one to two glasses a day for women and one to three glasses a day for men, while keeping one day per week without alcohol.
Alcohol also has a carcinogenic effect. Excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of throat, digestive, liver and breast cancer. The carcinogenic effect of alcohol reduces its beneficial effects on the heart. A relatively safe dose of alcohol should not exceed one to six glasses a week.
Alcohol strongly affects the brain and nervous system. Under the influence of alcohol people feel happy, they make contacts with others easier and have less inhibitions when expressing their thoughts. Scientifically speaking, alcohol belongs to depressants, which does not mean that it depresses.
It slows down the activity of the central nervous system in such a way that the information travels longer along the nerve fibers. After alcohol, people become more relaxed and overconfident with their abilities, while the ability to react is reduced and speech becomes more entangled.
Alcohol affects the sense of balance, changes the density of tissue and fluid in the ear. The greater the amount of alcohol consumed, the greater the changes, until the complete loss of the sense of balance, which results in staggering and shaking on the legs. The main organ removing alcohol from the body is the liver, although it does so very slowly.
Generally it is not healhy, but hey! Everybody deserve a bit(!) of fun from time to time.
At what temperature to drink vodka? The principle is simple: the worse the vodka, the colder it should be. The best drink is at basement temperature (10-15 degrees C). But there are exceptions. For example, fresh potato vodka can be heated to a temperature of 40 degrees C, and then the smell and taste of coffee and chocolate are evident. – Because temperature is a relative matter. It all depends on what flavor and aroma we want to draw from vodka.
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