The History of Russian Vodka

Life in Russia


Concocting Vodka

According to legend, the first recipe for Russian Vodka came from a monk by the name of Isidore , his first batch was made in the Chudov monastery which happens to be within the Moscow Kremlin. His special knowledge of distillation devices helped him concoct this new high quality alcoholic beverage. His new “bread wine” was initially only known and exclusively produced by the Grand Duchy of Moscow and in no other principality of all of Rus. This only changed after the industrial era arrived and mass production made it available to a larger audience.  Thus since then it has been closely associated with its birthplace, “Moscow”.


“Aqua vitae”

“Aqua vitae” or better known as the “water of life” made it way to Moscow via Genoese ambassadors. They brought to Moscow and presented it to Grand Duke Dmitry Donskoy as a gift. This – water of life  – was typically prepared by distilling

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2 thoughts on “The History of Russian Vodka

  1. It is probably just as well that vodka consumption is declining. When I visited the Soviet Union, it was drunk constantly, almost like water. I recall a few very blurry afternoons, after being given copious amounts of the stuff!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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