An A-Z guide to over 80 of the world's most famous vodka brands. It contains recipes for famous vodka cocktails, as well as new ones for flavored vodkas. This is the latest addition to the successful "Classified" series. The word 'vodka' is the diminutive of 'water' in various Slavic languages. Made from grains, molasses, potatoes, even grapes, vodka is often drunk neat in eastern Europe and Scandinavia, but it is now ultra-fashionable elsewhere in the world, where it is best known as a base for famous cocktails such as the Bloody Mary, the Cosmopolitan and, of course, the Vodka Martini. "Vodka Classified" features an A-Z of vodka brands, both from the traditional producing countries - Russia, Poland, Finland, Sweden and the Baltic States - as well as from other newer distilleries worldwide, from Kazakhstan through Mexico to New Zealand. The text includes tasting notes on the different styles and flavors produced by the major brands. The book also covers the origins, history and regions of vodka production, along with illustrations. The final section contains recipes for mixing your own vodka cocktails, both classics and new ideas using the latest flavored vodkas.
I have been writing about wine, other drinks and restaurants since the beginning of the 1990s. In the past decade, my work has included a widely acclaimed cultural history of intoxication, Out Of It (Penguin) and the multi-disciplinary Humanity: An Emotional History (Atlantic, published in the United States as A Natural History of Human Emotions). My work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Russian, Chinese and Korean. I write for the Guardian Books site, as well as a number of specialist drink publications and websites, and I review books for World of Fine Wine magazine.
In 2010, after 16 years of living in Brighton, I headed southwest and am now in beautiful Torbay.