Re: [sig] Origins of vodka?
> A while ago I stated that vodka wasn't used in Russia as a drink untilpost
> 16th cnetury, and that it was invented outside of Russia (Danes orSwedes).
> A recent conversation has me doubting this highly, and I do not havebut
> reliable sources in either direction. Anyone have any clue? I am looking
> for specifics.
> Encyclopedia Britannica says it was invented in Russia in 14th century,
> I've found errors in it before (scary isn't it?)Dmitriy--Don't feel bad, I was born in the U.S. South and can't stand
> -Dmitriy Shelomianin
> "The Russian exception"
> (I was born there and I can't stand the stuff...)
bourbon!! :-) Seriously, I'm interested in the origins of vodka as well. I
don't know anything about this drink, except that... I can't stand it,
either! Yuck! But I'd like to know its history.
Isabelle de Foix
Shire of Brantestone
Kingdom of Meridies
> A while ago I stated that vodka wasn't used in Russia as a drink until postWell, _Bread and Salt_ R.E.F. Smith and David Christian. (NY: Cambridge
> 16th cnetury, and that it was invented outside of Russia (Danes or Swedes).
University Press, 1984) talks about government-controlled vodka drinkshops
in the 1500's. Whether it was vodka as we know it would be up for grabs.
Certainly, multiply-distilled aqua vitae with a grain base was known in
Europe at that time.
Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, mka Jennifer Heise jenne@...
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