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Celebrate National Vodka Day with Vodka Facts & Vodka Cocktail Recipes

If your favorite spirit is vodka, then you’re in luck! October 4th is celebrated annually as National Vodka Day.

While the history of the day is unknown, it’s definitely a day worth celebrating! No matter how you enjoy your vodka – in a cocktail, or over ice – make sure you enjoy responsibly!

Keep reading for interesting vodka facts, ways to celebrate the day, and a list of vodka based cocktail recipes at the bottom of the page.

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National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with.

Be sure to check out my national day’s guide for more fun days to celebrate. If you’re a fan of National Vodka Day, make sure you check out National Cocktail Day – It’s another fun one!

What is vodka made from?

Vodka is made of water and ethanol (aka alcohol, grain alcohol, ethyl alcohol, etc). It is typically made from fermented grains and potatoes.

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However, fermented grains and potatoes are not the only thing vodka is made from. More recently some brands have made vodka from things like fruit, honey and sap. 

There is some debate as to where this liquor was first invented. Vodka first originated in either Russia or Poland. However, as the documentation at the time was sparse, we can’t be sure where vodka’s true origin lies.

Vodka facts

Brush up on your knowledge of vodka with these interesting vodka facts. Some may surprise you!

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  • According do DISCUS, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, vodka accounts for 31% of all liquor sales.
  • The word “vodka” comes from the Slavic word “voda” which, literally translated, means water.
  • There is a 3.7 million dollar bottle of vodka called Billionaire Vodka from Leon Verres which is adorned with 3,000 million diamonds. The recipe for this vodka also requires that the vodka is run over millions of dollars of real diamonds after being filtered multiple times. 
  • Vodka can be gluten free. Many vodkas are made from grains, but not all are! A popular gluten free vodka is Titos – this vodka is corn based.
  • Vodka is lighter than water because ethanol is less dense than water. However, even though it’s lighter than water, it won’t float because vodka is water soluble (it mixes well with water). 
  • Beginning in the 1980s, vodkas sold in the US had to be a minimum of 80 proof. They are required to be 40% alcohol by volume.
  • There is an area considered the vodka belt in Europe. It encompasses Northeastern Europe and Scandinavia (minus Denmark).

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How to celebrate National Vodka Day

Would you like to celebrate National Vodka Day in a special way? Try one of these ideas.

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  • Take a tour of a distillery to learn more about this spirit. Check out this handy distillery map to find a distillery near you. Just zoom in to your area to see what distilleries are near you!
  • Invite your friends over for brunch and make a Bloody Mary bar. Use this Bloody Mary recipe to make the a pitcher of the drink, and put it on a table with lots of garnishes and extra hot sauces so your guests can make a Bloody Mary to suit their taste.
  • Feeling adventurous? Head out to your favorite bar and ask the bartender to make you a surprise drink that has vodka in it!
  • Try infusing your own vodka. It’s easy, only requires a few ingredients, and will elevate the taste of your mixed drinks.
  • Use vodka to make a Halloween drink. The Witches Brew drink is a great one to try. It has an eerie blue color.
  • Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #NationalVodkaDay. Here is a tweet to get you started:
Happy National Vodka Day! Head to Always the Holidays to learn more about this spirit, and find a list of vodka based recipes. Cheers to #NationalVodkaDay! 🍸 Click To Tweet

More October 4 national days

Did you enjoy learning about National Vodka Day? Well you’re in luck, October 4 is host to more than just one national day! 

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Here is a complete list of all the October 4 national days:

  • National Vodka Day
  • National Golf Lover’s Day
  • National Taco Day
  • National Cinnamon Roll Day
  • Improve Your Office Day
  • National Ships in Bottles Day
  • Ten-Four Day
  • World Animal Day
  • International Toot Your Flute Day

More national days in October

There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in October.

To see them all, have a look at this post to discover more about the national days in October, as well as the October printable calendar of national days.

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Is food your thing? Each day of the month has a food or drink associated with it, too. 

Be sure to also check out these national days in October:

Pin this post on National Vodka Day for later

Would you like a reminder of this post for National Vodka Day? Just pin this image to one of your drinks boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.

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Vodka Cocktail Recipes for National Vodka Day

Celebrate this October 4 National Day by making one of these delicious vodka based cocktails. Enjoy responsibly!

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Since graduating from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Jess has been living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She is a freelance writer, specializing in content related to fashion, food and drink and film industry topics. Find out more about Jess here.

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