vod·​ka | \ˈväd-kə \

Definition of vodka 

: a colorless liquor of neutral spirits distilled from a mash (as of rye or wheat)

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Photo: Sarah Bollinger The Bloody Mary was once a simple combination of tomato juice, vodka and seasonings in a normal-size glass. Thomas Vinciguerra, WSJ, "Waiter, There’s a Bloody Mary in My Chicken Dinner," 8 July 2018 Eleanor, the socially awkward, terrifically blunt heroine of this quirky novel, is a loner, spending her weekends alone with vodka and frozen pizzas. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine,’ ‘The Fact of a Body’," 6 July 2018 Haymaker Restaurant Pair brunch or lunch with the refreshing and festive Patriot drink, a concoction of vodka and fruit flavors served over ice ($6, $3.50 for nonalcoholic version). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Happy birthday, America! 35 restaurants celebrating with Fourth of July food, drink deals," 29 June 2018 Jeff Park was making them with ruby-red vodka and Seagram’s soda now. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 While Doolittle inspired a vodka-and-elderflower blend with a splash of pomegranate and honey, Higgins tastes were fashioned into a Jameson Irish whiskey mixed with orange marmalade and summer blackberry bitters. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Uma Thurman and Hugh Jackman Could Have Danced All Night at the Broadway Opening of My Fair Lady," 20 Apr. 2018 Aside from beer, Left Coast’s Irvine location will distill vodka, rum, whiskey and gin — a first for the company. Ben Brazil,, "San Clemente’s Left Coast Brewing Co. opens an Irvine location," 12 July 2018 The drink includes Meyer lemon, Sauvignon Blanc, vodka, sugar, thyme and coriander. Elizabeth G. Dunn, WSJ, "My Cocktail’s Smarter Than Yours: A Guide to the World’s Brainiest Bar Menus," 12 July 2018 Signature drink offerings include: White Queen: Hangar One vodka, Rosa 22 aperitivo, peach syrup, lemon juice, sage. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Alice in Wonderland-themed bar Hatter and Hare now open in Phoenix," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of vodka

circa 1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vodka

Russian, from voda water; akin to Old English wæter water

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English Language Learners Definition of vodka

: a strong, clear alcoholic drink that is originally from Russia


vod·​ka | \ˈväd-kə \

Kids Definition of vodka

: a colorless alcoholic liquor

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