He Caramel vodka It is a flavored liqueur (also called liquor infused), which is served very cold. It is creamy and its taste is very sweet.
This flavored liqueur is based on vodka and a caramel flavor. Normally its alcohol content is between 5 and 10% lower than the vodka without flavor. It can be mixed with fruit or drinks flavored orange, kiwi, apple, among others.
It is customary to mix it with other liqueurs like gin and whiskey, or with cola and soda drinks. There are also hot preparations with vodka, such as a cup of caramel vodka with chocolate.
What is vodka?
Vodka is a distilled beverage composed mainly of water and ethanol, sometimes with traces of impurities and aromas. Traditionally, vodka is produced by distilling grains of fermented cereals or potatoes, although some modern brands use other substances, such as fruits, sugar, or in this case caramel.
The name"vodka"is a diminutive form of the word eslava voda (water). It was first recorded in 1405 in Akta Grodzkie, according to the court documents of the Palatinate of Sandomierz in Poland.
At that time, the word vodka (wódka) referred to medicines and cosmetic products, while the drink was called gorzałka (from the old Polish gorzeć meaning"burn"), which is also the source of Ukrainian horilka (горілка) .
What is caramel vodka?
The color of caramel or caramel coloring is one of the oldest food colorings and is widely used in foods and smoothies, including alcoholic beverages such as vodka.
It is made by heat treatment of carbohydrates, generally in the presence of acids, alkalis or salts, in a process called caramelization.
Its color varies from pale yellow to amber and dark brown. It is more rusty than ordinary candy and has a burnt sugar smell and a somewhat bitter taste.
The color of the caramel is produced from commercially available nutritional sweeteners consisting of fructose, invert sugar, glucose, malt syrup, sucrose, molasses, starch hydrolysates and fractions thereof.
Caramel color molecules carry a positive or negative charge depending on the reagents used in their manufacture.
Vodka can be distilled from any vegetable matter rich in starch or sugar, most vodka today is made from grains such as sorghum, corn, rye or wheat.
Grain vodkas, rye vodkas and wheat are generally considered superior. Some vodkas are made from potatoes, molasses, soybeans, grapes, rice, sugar beets and even sometimes byproducts of oil refining or wood pulp processing.
Distillation and filtration with caramel
A common property of vodkas is the extensive use of filtration prior to any further processing including the addition of flavorings, in this case caramel.
The filtration is sometimes done during distillation, as well as later, where the distilled vodka is filtered through activated carbon and other means to absorb traces of substances that alter or impart flavors to the vodka.
Through numerous rounds of distillation, or the use of a fractionation, the taste is modified and clarity is increased.
Repeated distillation of vodka will make its ethanol level much higher than is acceptable to most consumers. The final filtered and distilled vodka can have as much as 95-96% ethanol, so it is diluted with water before being bottled.
While most vodkas are unflavored, it is becoming more common to find flavored presentations and homemade recipes to enhance their taste,
This tradition of flavor is also prevalent in the Nordic countries where the vodka in which traditional seasonal vodka feasts are being made.
More recently, it has been experimented with producing more unusual flavors like hot vodka with chili flavor and even bacon vodka.
In some countries, black market vodka (a home-made) is heavily quoted primarily to evade the minimum age for purchase. However, severe poisoning, blindness, or even death, can occur as a result of industrial ethanol substitutes.
Black market vodka producers are looking for options with high levels of ethanol at low prices. On one occasion, in Russia, they used an industrial disinfectant (Extrasept), which contained a highly toxic chemical, which killed at least 120 people and more than 1,000 poisonings.
Drinks with caramel vodka
- 1-1 / 2oz Caramel Vodka (Cherry Coke)
- Cherry Coke
- Fill a tall glass with large ice cubes.
- Add the caramel vodka and mix it with Caramel Vodka.
- Garnish with a cherry.
- 1 oz Caramel Vodka
- 1 tablespoon egg white
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of ginger syrup
- Shake all ingredients well in a shaker with ice.
- Strain into a cooled cocktail glass.
Caramel Vodka with Hot Chocolate
- 400 milliliters of milk
- 80 grams of dark chocolate (divided into small pieces)
- 25 milliliters of caramel vodka
- 1 tablespoon whipped cream
Shake the milk and vodka well, add the dark chocolate and heat. Empty into a cup of coffee and finally add the whipped cream.
Soda Caramel Salad
- 1-1 / 2oz Caramel Vodka
- 1 soda
- Salt to taste
- Fill a tall glass with ice.
- Add caramel vodka, fill with club soda and add a pinch of salt.
- 1 oz Caramel Vodka
- 1/4 oz Irish Whiskey
- 1/4 oz. Of liquor flavored with butter and sugar
- Splash of orange juice
- Shake the caramel vodka, whiskey and other drink in a shaker with ice.
- Serve in a cold glass.
- Cover with a dash of orange juice.
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