"I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it."
- Rodney Dangerfield
Anyone who loves vodka has to give it up for Eastern Europeans. The Poles claim they invented this potent grain alcohol. So do the Russians – vodka sounds a lot like the Russian word for water. But, the word vodka first makes an appearance in 1405. In Poland.
Vodka is simply fermented grain, potatoes, grapes, or even sugar. Back in the day (that day being the 15th century), grain-based vodka was ritzier than potato-based vodka since grain wasn’t as plentiful. No matter the distillation process, we lovingly refer to it as potato juice.
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