When you unlock the secrets of the Powerball and are looking for ways to spend that new found cash, our Powerball Money series is just what you need for inspiration. It's a collection of high end items that we promise to purchase if were ever swimming in cash. But alas, we are currently poor and can only dream of what to do with the money. One things for sure...when we're rich there are going to be parties. Parties like you have never seen. You'll probably read about them in the newspaper because hey, that's how we roll.
The heart of any party is the drinks. A nice selection of quality alcoholic beverages keeps everyone loose and social, and if you're lucky - the ladies might start taking their clothes off. But that's not why we want a collection of top shelf vodkas at the bar. We just like a nice drink after a hard day of wor...err Powerball winnings. We searched high and low for the best of the best when it comes to Vodka. But first, a little history lesson.
The History of Vodka
Historians have a difficult time pinpointing the exact origins of Vodka. Many cultures claim to be the originators of the clear, distilled drink though Poland can say it has produced the drink since the Middle Ages. The first written record of vodka appeared in 1405 and shortly there after the spirit was reported to "to increase fertility and awaken lust". By the 16th century, the city of Poznań had 498 working spirits distilleries. Polish vodka was imported to many nearby countries in the 17th and 18th centuries, including the Netherlands, Denmark, England, Russia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria and the Black Sea basin.
Russia makes an earlier claim for the invention of vodka, but no written records can substantiate the claim. That said, according to a legend a monk named Isidore from the Chudov Monastery inside the Kremlin at Moscow made a recipe of the first Russian vodka around 1430. In 1386, ambassadors brought the first aqua vitae ("the water of life") to Moscow and presented it to Grand Duke Dmitry Donskoy which suggests that it was imported from its neighbor Poland.
According to one site, Vodka was first mentioned in America by reporters traveling to Russia and in 1859 the New York Herald wrote about Russia and its vodka-loving workforce: “Though they receive rations of vodka, and extra rations on holidays, the fact of a Russian soldier or sailor ever having refused ‘another glass’ is unheard of,” ... “Intoxication is, of course, quite common, and no fines, arrest or castigation have any effect in suppressing it.” When soldiers had to face a decision and choose between alcohol or punishment, “soldiers often declare their willingness to take two or three hundred lashes more, if they can but get another bottle of liquor."
The drink didn't really take off in America until the period during World War II. A businessman named John Martin and a boutique Russian vodka called Smirnoff marketed a mixed drink of vodka and ginger beer, called the Moscow Mule, which took off on American Shores. Vodka was also the key ingredient for a new drink for the coolest of cool - the Martini. Celebrities embraced the drink, reaching a pinnacle when Sean Connery as James Bond asked for his Smirnoff vodka martini “shaken, not stirred.” Vodka had officially arrived and cemented its status among hipsters and the wealthy.
How Vodka is Made
In these early days, spirits like vodka were produced and used mostly as a type of medicine to treat various ailments. Today, vodka serves as a social lubricant that is produced at several price points and quality levels. All vodka is made from a base of a starch or sugar rich plant. The most common of these are grains such as sorghum, corn, rye or wheat - though out of those rye and wheat are considered the best. Many vodkas are made from potatoes, molasses, soybeans, grapes, rice, sugar beets and sometimes even the byproducts of oil refining. Stay away from those. All vodkas are filtered and diluted after the bottler purchases the base stock, then many flavor it with various items to bring you the cranberry, citrus etc. vodkas that you see on the shelf at the local liquor store. Even when flavored vodka is clear, though may have a tint of color from the flavoring. Vodka is marketed under various brand names. Higher priced bottles are made from higher quality base stocks and filtered more so less impurities are present. That may help with hang overs as a guy we know who swears by Grey Goose says he doesn't feel it the next day no matter how much he drinks.
FUN FACT: Vodka is the Slavic word for “water,” pronounced, “woda”
Most Expensive Vodkas In The World
If you're going to impress supermodels on your yacht, Smirnoff isn't going to make her want to take off her bikini. Even top shelf stuff from the liquor store isn't going to do the trick. No, you need to think exclusive. The following ten vodkas are not only made from premium base stocks and filtered for impurities, but come in exclusive packaging embellished with gold, diamonds, crystals, and other displays of opulence. Here are the top ten most expensive vodkas money can buy according to a site that compiled the following list. Bring your black card if your going to pick any of these up for your party.
Number One: Billionaire Vokda – it comes decorated with almost two thousand diamonds set in gold and the bottle is dressed with a deep black faux fur The vodka made is made from an original Russian recipe and then is filtered with diamonds. It's only $7.25 Million. If you plan to stay budget savvy, even when rich, here are the remaining nine most expensive vodkas in order. Just don't forget us if you hit the Powerball before we do.
The Eye of the Dragon – $5.5 Million
Billionaire Vodka – $3.7 Million
Russo-Baltique Vodka – $1.3 Million
DIVA Premium Vodka – $1 Million
Russo-Baltique Vodka – $740,000
Kors Vodka 24k, George V Limited Edition – $24,500
Absolut Crystal Pinstripe Black Bottle – $10,000
Belver Bears – $7,240
OVAL Swarovski Crystal Vodka – $6,922