Vodka is a fairly easy to drink straight as a shooter, if done properly. It's the preferred method of the Russians who call vodka a national drink. A good vodka is distilled several times and has a smooth taste, making it drinkable as a shot. Brown University researchers found that vodka is less likely than other liquors to result in the dreaded hangover, as well.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Chilled vodka
- Shot glass
Store vodka in the refrigerator, not the freezer. Extreme temperatures will undo the distillation process.
Pour chilled vodka in a standard shot glass. Do not add ice or any type of mixer.
Smell the vodka by taking a deep breath. The vodka should smell slightly like vanilla or sweet spices, not like alcohol.
Propose a toast or have someone else do it before taking a drink. This is customary, according to Frommers.
Drink down the vodka shot in one big gulp. Do not sip it. If you need a chaser, take a bite of a snack. Russians prefer pickles or bread.
The Proper Way to Drink A Vodka Shot
Tips and warnings
- Always drink responsibly.
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