Having a glass of brandy or vodka in a bar, a family dinner or any social gathering is a common sight for us all. What is the big deal about these drinks and their names? What are brandy and vodka? What makes them different from each other? And why would you prefer one to the other?
Worry no more! Here is a breakdown on what Brandy and Vodka are, and how to fully appreciate and enjoy it more at any event.
Brandy is a “burned wine,” or in more simple terms, it is distilled liquor from wine, it can also be distilled from the wine of other fruits like pears and apples. Also, it has a special lingo that explains its longevity. For instance, Gloria brandy VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) has aged for four years while Alita Brandy XO (Extra-Old) has aged for above eight and a half years. According to research, most Brandy range from 70-120 proofs. This means that brandy has from 35% to 60% alcohol content.
Vodka in 14th century Russia is a neutral spirit, traditionally lacks a distinctive aroma, taste, or colour. However, with recent evolving trends, most vodka brands presently have products with fruits, flavour, and aroma. Derived from ‘Voda’, the Russian meaning of Vodka is ‘little stream’. It possesses the characteristics of a colorless liquid, clear and smooth, a distilled spirit with a neutral taste. It is generally distilled from the unique mixtures of potatoes or grains, also made from corn and grapes. This is one of the heaviest drinks which produce 40% of alcohol content. Vodka is one of the world’s most popular spirit drinks, most notable for its clarity of liquor in a bottle as opposed to brandy.
Vodka is normally around 90-100 proof meaning 45%-50% alcohol content, so brandy can correctly be about the same or even stronger. Be careful buddies and make sure you are drinking some water too.
Brandy consists of a golden brown colour, it looks just as rich as you feel when sipping it. A distinctive colour achieved from the aging of the drink. To genuinely enjoy your brandy, most people earnestly recommend sipping it with ice. You can also mix it with any famous cocktails; however, you should ultimately consume it any way you want. Moreover, you can pair brandy with citrus drinks since they go well together.
Now that you have a satisfactory answer to what makes Brandy different from Vodka, you may now shop our Alita Brandy and Strumbras Vodka and add to your collection. Just remember buddies, drink responsibly.