Vodka originated in the cold lands between Russia and Poland, with both sides claiming the invention of the strong white spirit around the 13th or 14th century. However, the word vodka is most definitely of Russian origin and comes from Vod, meaning water, and Ka, meaning a small or little thing.
Russians used this word to describe the small trickle of powerful spirit that dropped from a still into the collection pot - the ‘small...
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