Vodka Month

Vodka? Cane?
Cane? Vodka?

In South Africa, vodka goes by two names. If it’s made from grain, it’s vodka, but if it’s made from sugarcane, it’s cane. Confusing much?

Flavoured Vodka Isn't as new as you think

Flavoured vodka comes from early years when distillers added flavours to it to hide the impurities leftover from the distillation process. Vodka, Impurities? Not today.

Just add a pickle

In Russia, there is a respected vodka-drinking tradition: sip on a tot of neat vodka and then chase it with a pickle. It’s the perfect pickle pair!

To make vodka, ferment any starch or sugar-rich plant and then distil it. Today, most vodka is made from grains like sorghum, rye, corn and wheat, and not just potatoes.


800 AD:

First record of the production of vodka in Russia.



First vodka distillery mentioned in Russian newspaper.



Russia restricts vodka production to nobility.



Vodka restrictions end. Now everyone can make and sell vodka.



Vodka starts being sold in bottles.



Vodka becomes one of the major spirit categories thanks to James Bond’s famous vodkatinis.




35ml vodka (that’s 1 and a half shots)
3-4 white grapes
A few fresh basil leaves
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla sugar
Soda water


Combine grapes, basil and vanilla sugar in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass. Add some flavour - drop in the ice, vodka and lemon juice and shake. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and top with soda water. Make your cocktail look all kinds of fancy by garnishing it with a sprig of fresh basil and white grapes skewered onto a cocktail pick.

Fill a plastic container with wine gums. Pour vodka over the wine gums, covering them fully.

Close the container and keep in the fridge for at least three days, allowing the wine gums to absorb the vodka.

On the second day, taste the wine gums to see whether they are strong enough. If not, add more vodka.