National Vodka Day is October 4th. Some fun facts to impress your friends.

Today, October 4th is National Vodka Day.  Who knew?

Well, the folks at EFFEN Vodka knew and  sent out a press release to introduce their newest innovation, EFFEN Salted Caramel Vodka.


Let me be clear here on a couple of facts.  First, I do not drink.  Never liked the stuff.  Secondly, I do not recommend anyone drink to a point of silliness or intoxication.  Children… Never drink.

So when I saw the press release, I thought about clubbing in my late teens and early 20’s and how I needed a drink to nurse while leaning against the wall looking oh so cool.  I would drink vodka and OJ because the vodka was usually very watered down so it tasted like watered-down OJ, but I refused to order it as a “screwdriver”.  The name sounded so 1960’s.

Then a friend of mine introduced me to the “Rye and Ginger” and that became my go-to drink because it was usually just ginger ale with a little bit of bitterness in it.  It worked.

But then came the flavoured vodka’s and there is nothing better than a Bloody Ceasar with a spicy vodka.

But alas, I probably won’t get to try this salted caramel vodka any time soon, but I found the facts about vodka that came with the press release and that is the main reason for writing this.   I also liked the sound of a Caramel Dipped Apple-tini and the Salt and Sand which are outlined below in picture and ingredients.

Vodka Facts:

• Vodka makes up 20-25% of spirits sold in North America today

• It became the most popular libation and America’s favorite spirit in the 1970s when it outpaced bourbon

• It is carbon filtered and contains very little fusel oils, which makes it one of the purest drinks in the world

• In Russia, the first use for the spirit were medicinal

• The name vodka comes from the Russian word for “water”

• The most popular flavorings for vodkas are: red pepper, ginger, various fruit flavors, vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon

• Vodka does go bad if stored for longer periods of time although ideally, vodka has to be consumed within 12 months of the manufacturing date

• In case you have any vodka which is older than 12 months old, you can use it to remove bandages by soaking the Band-Aid in vodka and wait while it dissolves the adhesive.


Here is how to make the EFFEN® Caramel Dipped Apple’tini

1 ½ parts EFFEN® Salted Caramel Vodka

¾ part Apple Schnapps

1 part Fresh Sour Mix

Garnish: Apple Slice

Garnish: Caramel Dipping Sauce

Method: In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and shake with ice.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with a red apple slice dipped in caramel.


EFFEN® Salt and Sand

1 part EFFEN® Salted Caramel Vodka

1 part Orange Juice

¾ part DeKuyper® Cherry Liqueur

¾ part Fresh Sour Mix

Garnish: Orange Twist

Garnish: Cherry

Method: In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and shake with ice.

Strain into a highball glass over ice.

Garnish with an orange twist and cherry. EFFEN_CaramelDippedAppletini EFFEN_SaltAndSand

EFFEN Vodka EFFEN Vodka is a Super-Premium vodka whose name means smooth, even and balanced in Dutch.

It is made from 100% premium wheat and a continuous distillation process results in a silky, smooth liquid that creates a clean, crisp taste on the palette.

The EFFEN product line includes EFFEN Vodka, EFFEN Black Cherry Vodka, EFFEN Dutch Raspberry Vodka, EFFEN Cucumber Vodka and the brand new flavor, EFFEN Salted Caramel Vodka.

Drink responsibly!

One thought on “National Vodka Day is October 4th. Some fun facts to impress your friends.

  1. J November 28, 2013 / 9:35 pm

    Thanks for the info! Where can I buy this yummy-sounding stuff in Toronto?


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