Vodka is a unique liquor because it is a neutral grain spirit. There are many different substances that manufacturers use to distill vodka, including wheat, rye, and corn. It’s been a very popular liquor for years. As a result of its uniqueness and popularity, people around the country celebrate National Vodka Day each year.
When Is National Vodka Day
Vodka is extremely popular across the country, which is why it’s no surprise that people set aside an entire day in its honor. In fact, the spirit accounts for approximately a quarter of the spirits sold in the United States today. The liquor originated in Russia but rapidly gained international notoriety after World War II.
The name “vodka” stems from “voda,” which is the Russian word for water. The drink’s popularity spread outside of Russia into Europe before World War II. After the war, the exclusively-European drink became an international favorite. The alcohol is unique because the manufacturing process determines the final product much more so than the ingredients used.
No matter if vodka is your favorite drink or you merely happen to appreciate fine liquors, you can celebrate National Vodka Day on October 4 each year. Americans have been celebrating the holiday for nearly a decade. Ironically, this also happens to be National Taco Day. Our team already has October 4 circled on the calendar this year as a day to let loose and celebrate. Hopefully, you will as well!
How To Celebrate National Vodka Day
If you’re interested in celebrating National Vodka Day, there are numerous different activities in which you could partake. The great thing about the holiday is that there are thousands of events across the country, and finding something to do should not be difficult. By starting with the activities below, we’re confident that you’ll be well on your way to successfully celebrating the special day.
Some things you can do include:
This one seems like a given, but the best way to celebrate the holiday is by drinking vodka. Whether it’s a cheap vodka, a flavored vodka, or a high-end liquor, treat yourself to the spirit throughout the day. Perhaps start your day with a Screwdriver, made of orange juice and vodka. Or, consider having a martini with lunch or at happy hour. On this day, there’s no wrong time to enjoy a cold drink.
Take a look at the liquor cabinet in your home. Is your vodka supply running bare? If so, there’s no better time to restock your vodka supply than on National Vodka Day. Personally, we feel as though the day is a great time to splurge on a vodka purchase. If you usually buy cheap or mid-range vodkas throughout the year, perhaps treat yourself to one expensive bottle on this day.
This way, you can look forward to your vodka purchase every year. On special occasions, you can pour some from your expensive bottle. And although purchasing a bottle on October 4 is a great way to celebrate, you may find it even more worthwhile to buy a bottle before the holiday so that you can treat yourself that day.
Visit Your Local Bar
Bars around America love to take advantage of celebratory days, and vodka’s holiday is no different. Your local bar should have drink specials in place specifically to celebrate everything vodka. You may be able to drink vodka throughout the night at a reasonable price. There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday than with your closest friends and neighbors.
Since you know that October 4 is the day to celebrate all things vodka, you may want to check with you bar beforehand to see if they will have any deals or drink specials that day. If not, they may be willing to change once you inform them that October 4 is vodka’s holiday. Asking a week or so in advance is a great way to guarantee that you’ll have somewhere to celebrate that day.
Visit A Distillery
One of the unique ways to celebrate the day is by visiting a vodka distillery, assuming there’s one in your area. Distilleries are a great way to expand your mind and increase your knowledge about your favorite drink. You’ll gain a better appreciation for how distillers produce the spirit. Many who have taken distillery tours have said it changes the way they view they liquor when they indulge.
Many distilleries offer special events to celebrate the day. In addition to providing a tour, your local distillery may provide tastings or happy hours. Call ahead of time to find out more information about what events they are hosting, and what you must do to secure your spot in one of the events. Then, grab some friends and head to the distillery on October 4 for an evening of great fun.
Host A Party
There’s no better excuse to host a party than to celebrate your favorite beverage. Gather your friends, family, coworker, and neighbors together to have a vodka-themed party. Not only should you only serve vodka drinks, but you can also play things such as vodka trivia. Trivia gives your guests a great chance to learn more about the delicious liquor.
You could also have a vodka tasting party. Each guest should bring their favorite bottle of vodka, and guests can sample different ones. Of course, most vodkas taste close to the same, but you can compare things about how smooth they are, and try to detect any subtilties between the different drinks. We recommend using a Google Document to allow guests to fill out which bottle of vodka they’re bringing.
Infuse Your Vodka
A trend becoming increasingly popular of late is infusing vodka with fruit to create a personal flavoring unique to you. Of course, there’s no better time to do this than on October 4, when you’re celebrating all things vodka. The process takes three to five days to complete. If you’d like to enjoy your fruit creation, consider starting the process around October 1.
As Kitchn describes, single-fruit vodkas not only taste great but are also versatile for cooking or creating cocktails. The site recommends using either 80-proof or 100-proof vodkas. They say that it’s easier to find an 80-proof vodka at your local liquor store, but 100-proof vodkas do a tad better job extracting fruit flavors.
When infusing vodka, you also don’t need high-end vodka, either. Save that for when you are drinking vodka on the rocks on as part of a cocktail. Instead, choose an average vodka for infusing. You’ll want to shy away from your cheap $10 handles, but something like Seagram’s Extra-Smooth 80-Proof vodka should do the trick.
As a rule of thumb, you should use a cup of chopped fruit for every cup of vodka. Just place the fruit and the vodka in a canning jar, and seal it tightly. It will take at least three days to infuse. Be sure to shake the contents daily. After the third day, you can taste the concoction. If you’re not satisfied, you can allow the drink to continue to infuse in the jar for a few more days.
After you’re satisfied with the taste, you’ll want to pour the fruit-flavored vodka into glass bottles. An old vodka bottle that you’ve rinsed should do the trick. You can use your newly-flavored vodka in various ways, including:
Participate In The National Vodka Day Toast
A few years ago, there was a movement to begin a universal toast to celebrate the holiday. The event stated that at 6:00 PM, everyone would toast their vodka drink in honor of the celebration. This meant that around the country, vodka drinkers could unite, no matter where they were. No matter if you’re at a bar, distillery, or your home, be sure to raise your glass at 6 PM to honor vodka lovers everywhere.
Try A New Vodka Cocktail
October 4 is a great time to go outside of your comfort zone and try a new vodka-inspired drink. You never know what you may end up loving. Our team has made a pact to try a different, creative vodka drink each year. When we say this, we mean going outside of our comfort zone a bit to try a bold, flavorful creation. Why do we do this? Because celebrating the day is all about having fun!
This year, we plan to try the Lavender Unicorn, whose recipe we found courtesy of The Real. We’ll begin by gathering the necessary ingredients as follows:
To make the drink, we’ll combine the vodka, club soda, simple syrups, and butterfly pea tea extract into a shaker. After blending these ingredients, we will pour the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice. Then, we’ll slowly add the lemon juice, which will cause the drink’s colors to change from pale lavender to a cream-colored tan. We’ll then garnish with the orchid, and enjoy.