How to Correctly Take a Shot of Vodka

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How to Correctly Take a Shot of Vodka
Vodka in Russian means "little water." (Paul Katz/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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

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    The Proper Way to Drink A Vodka Shot

  1. 1

    Store vodka in the refrigerator, not the freezer. Extreme temperatures will undo the distillation process.

  2. 2

    Pour chilled vodka in a standard shot glass. Do not add ice or any type of mixer.

  3. 3

    Smell the vodka by taking a deep breath. The vodka should smell slightly like vanilla or sweet spices, not like alcohol.

  4. 4

    Propose a toast or have someone else do it before taking a drink. This is customary, according to Frommers.

  5. 5

    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.

Tips and warnings

  • Always drink responsibly.

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