Myths and Facts about Drinking Organic Vodka
Organic products seem to be an everlasting trend in the 21st century. There are countless articles and studies regarding the nature of organic products, ranging from cereal to meat and alcohol.
While some of it is true, a significant proportion of the information online is fictitious, spun for a greater marketing agenda promoting the sale of various products with little health benefit.
In an effort to set the record straight, let’s take a look at some of the popular notions around organic products, specifically organic vodka in a bid to point out the myths and the facts when it comes to organic liquor.
1) Water quality determines vodka quality
FACT: Like most beverages, the majority of vodka drinks, both organic and inorganic, are made up of mostly water.
Water makes up a minimum of 70% of any distilled beverage. Consequently, the quality of water that is used has a large impact in the ultimate flavoring of the vodka.
According to a study reported by NPR.org, vodka containing organic ingredients does not stand out in a blind taste test. Rather, the process of distillation and filtering is what stands out.
Hard water, for instance, that is full of impurities like chlorine, sodium, and other salts will tarnish the authentic flavor of the ingredients. It will also add viscosity to the beverage, giving it a harder bite. With minimal distillation, this will result in quite the horrific drinking experience.
Alternatively, soft water is quite tasteless and pure, a taste preferred by most distilleries. These days though, most companies have the technology to demineralize their water and get around this problem.
In an effort to cut costs, many companies have taken this route. Unfortunately, demineralized and filtered “hard” water will still result in bite and a less favorable aftertaste.
Overall, this one hits the nail on the head.
2) It won’t give you a hangover
MYTH: Organic vodka, made with 100% organic ingredients, can still give you a hangover if you drink enough.
According to Drinkwire, the cause of a hangover is ethanol. This means that the literal alcohol content is what causes you to have a throbbing headache the morning after going out drinking.
Ethanol is a chemical that works as a diuretic; it makes you pee more and if you drink too much you’ll become dehydrated.
Furthermore, dehydration is one of the main hangover symptoms.
Thus, drinking organic vodka will not prevent a hangover. You may experience less severe hangovers compared to inorganic vodka varieties.
With inorganic vodka, the effects may be more pronounced due to the increased potency of the spirit. Inorganic spirits often contain artificial ingredients like sugars, caffeine, and other chemical compounds, to enhance the flavor and distract from undesirable undertones.
However, it is unlikely that organic ingredients will fully eliminate the possibility of a hangover.
3) Organic vodka can be made from potatoes
FACT: Organic vodka can be made not only from corn or grains, but also from a plethora of materials, namely: molasses, grapes, soybeans, and cassava.
Many vodka connoisseurs prefer the introduction of alternative grains, as they often produce flavorful undertones with little aftertaste.
Basically any edible fruit or vegetable can make a good base, as long as the manufacturer attains a nice balance between ethanol and the raw ingredients to ensure the flavor doesn’t stand out too much on either side.
4) Organic vodka has no calories
MYTH: In an ideal world scenario, that would be the case however the reality is that no vodka is truly 100% devoid of calories.
Thus, this falls into the myth category.
Most organic vodka manufacturers, however, strive to keep their calorie content as low as possible. Organic vodkas are made with quality ingredients and health in mind, but they aren’t perfect.
In 80% proof vodka, the calorie content is so low that it’s almost negligible but still present nonetheless.
5) It is gluten-free
MYTH: According to hhavodka.com, organic and gluten-free vodka are achieved through two different processes. Organic refers to the ingredients used throughout the entire distillation and filtration processes (even down to the charcoal that is used), while gluten-free refers to the root grain that is used, such as barley or rye versus cassava.
An organic barley vodka would not be gluten-free. However, an organic cassava-root vodka would be.
While gluten-free and organic are not synonyms, they’re often sold hand-in-hand. Organic vodka varieties tend to steer clear of gluten-rich raw materials such as wheat and rye.
6) It is distilled hundreds of times
MYTH: Remember, organic refers to the quality of ingredients used. It does not determine the quality of the process that is used to distill the vodka.
A notion propagated by marketing companies, this is simply untrue.
Organic vodka is not distilled hundreds times. On the contrary, it’s usually distilled no more than three times. Some of the best organic vodka is only distilled 6 times.
And when premium ingredients are used, the number of distillations tends to decrease. This seems to be the case with most organic vodka brands.
If you should find yourself in a contentious debate over the holidays regarding organic vodka and how it differs from its non-organic counterparts – you have a solid leg to stand on.