No family celebration in Russia can occur without a good bottle of vodka and there are plenty for the local and international consumer to choose from.
Of the hundreds of brands that exist, most are made by only a select number of companies spread right across the country, as vodka production in Russia has typically been undertaken either by the government or a select group of very large companies.
Some of the largest distilleries and groups, responsible for producing the majority of all well known brands, include the Moscow Distillery Cristall, Rodnik Distillery, JSC Synergy Group, which is actually a conglomerate of at least seven distilleries and one spirits plant, The Trading House of the Heirs of the P.A. Smirnov, and Tatspirtprom.
These companies are collectively responsible for producing most of the well known vodka brands and bottles in Russia, including Stolichnaya, Russian Standard, and Beluga.
Some of the other prominent vodka brands are mentioned here in this article.
Among some of the most loved bottles that come from Russia include Beluga Noble Vodka, which is known for its citric taste that comes with hints of oats and honey and spicy finish, Russian Standard Vodka, famous for being one of the most reliable bottles of vodka on the market at a highly competitive price point, and Stolichnaya, which is famed for its lighter texture and clean, snappy finish that makes it one of the easiest drinking vodkas globally.
Pairing Food with Russian Vodka
As discussed, Russians typically tend to drink their vodka neat or over ice, and sometimes place their preferred bottle in the freezer before serving.
Serving vodka super chilled increases the viscosity, or texture, of the drink but also decreases its inherent flavours and aromas.
Because of this, it is common practice to serve a bottle of vodka chilled when you’re pouring a lower quality product, as some of the unwanted flavours and odours are subdued.
Serving vodka neat and unchilled, therefore, is usually reserved for the more premium vodka products as the flavours, texture, taste, and smoothness inherent in these better quality products do not require subjugation.
Aside from serving Russian vodka neat or chilled, it is easy to utilise a bottle within a multitude of cocktails or mixers.
Due to the subtle flavour characteristics and softer odours, vodka can be mixed with practically anything as it will almost immediately blend in well with the surrounding flavours.
With this in mind, it can be mixed into anything as simple as a Vodka & Lemonade or something more complex, such as a Bloody Mary.