A popular tipple in Russia, eastern Europe and Scandinavian countries, vodka is a clear, colourless and odourless spirit made from grains - the main one is rye. It is traditionally served ice cold, and the glasses and bottle should be placed in the freezer prior to serving. Vodka is a main ingredient in a wide variety of cocktails, including a Black Russian (vodka and Tia Maria), a Black Cossack (vodka and Guniness) and the classic Screwdriver (vodka and orange juice).
Uses: A shot of ice-cold vodka is the traditional accompaniment to the very best Russian caviar (which should be served on ice). Flavoured vodkas have become increasingly popular in recent years, with a whole host to choose from, including Lime, Mandrin and Razberi.