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Why Vodka Sauce is called vodka sauce?

Why Vodka Sauce is called vodka sauce?

Vodka is the name of a beverage in its distilled form. Vodka is also seen as one of the famous liquors. It is found to be having water and ethyl alcohol with some impurities and flavors. Vodka is prepared from grains after getting fermented. The vodka made traditionally was found to be having about 38 percent of alcohol by volume. It is mostly consumed in countries of Eastern Europe and in the area surrounding Baltic Sea.

Vodka sauce is known to have been in use since 1980s. Pasta dish with enhanced flavor using vodka sauce was a popular food item in the 80s. The first reference for vodka sauce as food item appeared in American Newspaper in 1983. Vodka is colorless, flavorless and odorless spirit that is in distilled form. When the sauce is slightly heated the alcohol gets evaporated and the rest becomes still more odorless and flavor less. There are certain foods which will get the flavor when mixed with alcohol. These types of foods mostly include tomatoes. The flavors of certain dishes were found to get released when alcohol is added to them. This is one of the reasons for adding vodka to the sauce. Moreover, the alcohol used in vodka is cheaper than wine. If tomato sauce is added with wine as normally people do, it gives extra flavors to the dish while addition of vodka will retain the original flavor and extra flavors will not be added.

Coming to the origin of vodka, it was revealed to some extent by Gin and vodka association. Vodka seems to have been distilled for the first time in Russia during 9th century. But, Encyclopedia Britannica says that vodka was found in Russia during 14th century. The correct origin of it is unknown still. Vodka was found to have its origins in the areas where grains were grown abundantly. These places were Poland, western Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Vodka was used even in countries of Baltic and Nordic origin. Vodka sauce has the flavor of the other ingredients in the sauce enhanced by vodka. It does not have flavor and odor of its own. The name vodka sauce has come as the sauce is added with alcohol of vodka type and not any other.


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