Cheers 2013 - (Page 98)

kaar oil tdle w te v t THE Make room in your freezer for the ultimate lifestyle accessory - a bottle of vodka V odka is fantastically versatile. You can drink it neat, either on the rocks or served directly from the freezer. You can dress it up with fresh orange juice, tonic, lemonade or cola... or any other mixer you fancy. It's also a marvellous blank canvas on which to paint a host of other flavours - think cocktails. Of course, there are many people who argue that vodka is the most boring drink on earth and, in one sense, they are correct. After all, it's merely a clear spirit that can be manufactured from any agricultural produce containing starch or sugars and it's the easiest and cheapest spirit to make. By design, vodka has zero colour, zero primary aromas and zero taste. At its heart, vodka possesses an entirely neutral identity... in theory. In practise, however, there can be many subtle nuances that make one brand stand out from another, especially among premium styles. So, what creates the variations? While beetroot or molasses are the raw materials used for massproduced brands, the finest vodkas are made from grain, such as wheat or rye. The source of water also plays a crucial role and the type of medium through which the spirit is filtered determines the purity of the finished product. Flavoured vodkas reflect a time when distillation methods were crude 098 CHEERS t SALVATORE SAYS 'Did you know that cut flowers last longer if you add a splash of vodka to the water in the vase?'

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cheers 2013

EDITOR’S LETTER
HELLO FROM OZ
CIAO FROM SALVATORE
HOT OFF THE PRESS
SNIFF AND SPIT
HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS
SOUTHERN STARS
PARTY PIECES
UP AND COMING
LET’S GET FIZZICAL
BUON NATALE
A SAFE HARBOUR
ITALIAN MASTERS
MIXING IT UP
CLASSIC COCKTAILS
WONDROUS WHISKY
VERSATILE VODKA
GIN-GIN
CAKES AND ALE
BOTTLE SHOP
SOMETHING TO EAT
GOURMET GETAWAYS
GIFTS AND GADGETS
BOXING CLEVER
STOCK UP YOUR BAR
BLOG IT!

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