The name “vodka” comes from a Slavic word “Wodka” which translates as “little water” which is a shortening of a longer term that meant”‘To dilute with a little water”. As “woda” means “water”, the insertion of the “k” is the diminutive.
The Russians and the Polish both claim to have first produced vodka, however, as their claims directly relate to the history and development of distillation and the various uses of the distillate, the exact truth is pretty much academic and hence subject to personal opinion off-course. While the spirit is very clear, its history definitely isn’t :))
The vodka may be a chameleon that blends seamlessly with regard absolutely anything. This can be no accident: whereas there aren’t any universal principles for manufacturing the vodka, the ultimate spirit is meant to be colourless, odourless and tasteless. But it isn’t utterly neutral, because the variety of distillers really leave in a very smart quantity of flavour. Historically, vodka was made of potatoes, corn or grains, however, it’s currently made of a variety of exotic bases as well as grapes, maple syrup and even soybeans. So essentially you can produce vodka with anything which has sugar in it.