4 reasons why vodka might be the most versatile spirit

(Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka)
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While the bottle might look clear, vodka offers much versatility in the glass. From a simple vodka tonic to a complicated cocktail, it is a spirit that can be served with a variety of flavors. For the person looking to explore cocktail creativity, vodka might be the bottle to open and shake up something new.

Although there are many grains that can be used to make this spirit, vodka is considered a neutral spirit. Putting aside a reference to Switzerland, the neutrality description comes from its almost flavorless profile. Even though some brands can infuse citrus, coffee, or even spice into the bottle, the base liquor is often colorless, odorless, and flavorless.

With that neutral base, the liquor is celebrated for its versatility. One person can combine it with a fruit juice and another person can enjoy it in a simple martini. It allows the person to have a single liquor that can be enjoyed in a myriad of ways.

Beyond the neutrality aspect, the vodka’s primary flavor goal is to enhance the other notes in the glass. From bright, zesty citrus to briny olive, it is the foundation that allows the other ingredients to shine. Unlike other spirits that demand attention, vodka’s ability to be the supporting role in a glass plays into that cocktail versatility.

Even though this spirit might not pack a flavor punch, how it is served adds to the drinking enjoyment. For example, a well-chilled vodka is key to unlocking the smoothness. Putting aside some people’s preference of burying a bottle in the freezer, the cooler temperatures are adventurous for the drinking enjoyment.

Lastly, the clear spirit often adds a more viscous mouth feel to a cocktail. Without becoming heavy, it helps to add a smoother quality. Putting aside the shaken or stirred line, a well-conceived cocktail needs to think about every aspect, not just the primary flavor. The mouthfeel is just as important has the color in the glass.

These ideas and many more lead people to pour vodka into the glass or the cocktail shaker. Whether it is a brand made with grains, potatoes, corn, or other product will impact the flavor, consistency, and enjoyment. It is time to experiment with the various options and see which bottle will get prime space on the shelf.

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