Stolichnaya – made in Latvia

The idea for this post originated from the overall surprise and shock in my Instagram community when I mentioned the fact that Stolichnaya vodka is produced in Latvia. To me this fact seemed of no importance because I don’t drink spirits and I had never paid much attention to vodka anyway, be it Stolichnaya or any other brand.

Inspired by my Instagram friends, I decided to publish a post or two about Stolichnaya. I was checking the forecast for about two weeks and one day it all came together: the sun, the blue sky for 30 minutes, -10C, no wind, lots of snow. For the purposes of the post, my husband had found a bottle made back in the 1980s. It sat in the attic of his parents’ house, still sealed, forgotten. You are mistaken if you think that I could sell this vintage bottle and become rich (I wish!). By now, its only good use is to serve us well in a photoshoot. You could drink it, of course, but it’s quality would be highly questionable. Why? Read the facts below.

I did some research and compiled some funny facts about Stolichnaya and vodka in general. Sources I used include the official information published by the producer of Stolichnaya and by a few random sites that showed up when I googled “vodka facts”. Some stated the source, some didn’t.

I don’t take any responsibility whatsoever about the credibility of these facts

as the purpose of this post is just pure entertainment!

Disclaimer: the vodka bottle used in this photoshoot is still sealed. No drinking was involved while taking photographs. No children were exposed to alcohol. No passengers of the passing trains were bored.

Stolichnaya facts

  • Made in Latvia since 1948
  • Available in 18 flavours
  • Exported to 180 countries
  • World’s 4th most popular premium vodka
  • 35 million bottles sold worldwide every year
  • First vodka ever to travel in space on board of “Soyuz 19”

Vodka facts

  • January 31, 1865 Mendeleev defended his doctoral dissertation “On the connection of alcohol and water.” This date is considered to be the birthday of vodka.
  • Vodka needs to be consumed within 12 months of when it was first made. After that time, it is considered weaker but not necessarily bad.
  • Vodka is best stored in the freezer. It never freezes. If it did, it wouldn’t be so popular in Siberia.
  • Vodka is essentially ethanol diluted with water, and due to carbon filtering it is the purest alcohol in the world.
  • Vodka can be made from potatoes and corn. This will be gluten free. However, most vodka today is produced from grains, among which rye and wheat vodka is considered superior.
  • Vodka is lighter than water. 1 liter of water weights 1,000 grams, while 1 liter of vodka weighs 953 grams.
  • The most expensive vodka in the world, Billionaire Vodka, costs $3.75 million a bottle. It’s filtered though ice, Nordic birch charcoal and sand made from crushed diamonds and gems.
  • The drink name “screwdriver” came from engineers mixing vodka into cans of orange juice using screwdrivers.
  • Saying “What can I do?” with a Russian accent actually means “I’ll find vodka” in Russian.
  • Before 1885 vodka was sold only to take away in buckets (12.3 liters).
  • There’re 90 calories in a shot of vodka (1.5 ounces). In America. Shots are bigger in size in Russia and historically are referred to as “Sto gram” (100 grams). Be careful if you count calories!
  • The alcohol content in commercially sold vodka ranges from 35 to 60 percent by volume. It is mostly 40% though.
  • There is a Vodka Belt, which generally refers to the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland), the Baltic states (Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania), Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Poland.
  • While NASA has strict rules regarding alcohol in orbit, Russia has a much more relaxed approach to drunk space travel, and allows its cosmonauts to drink small amounts of vodka on their space station.

Practical uses of vodka

  • A teaspoon of sugar with a few drops of vodka helps keep cut flowers fresher longer.
  • Vodka soothes a jellyfish sting. It helps disinfect the wound and alleviate some of the pain.
  • Ripping off a Band-Aid is a lot easier when it is soaked in vodka. The vodka helps dissolve the adhesive.
  • Moisten a soft, clean cloth with vodka to shine chrome, glass, and porcelain fixtures.
  • DIY fans, look up recipes to make your own aftershave using vodka.
  • Vodka is a great disinfectant.
  • Vodka serves as antidote for antifreeze, just in case you or your pet has consumed it.

The kids kept themselves busy and didn’t complain.


However, enough is enough at some point. Especially when you need THE board your sister has found.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Liene says:

    Let me help you correct some of the misconceptions about Stoli & vodka! Source – years of having worked with Stoli & other brands.

    *Almost everyone who uses it will tell you – it definitely freezes! Depending on sugar / other ingredients added, it may freeze in as low as -5 degrees. Have a frozen Zeljonaya Marka myself.
    *For pure vodka, there is no expiry date. Nothing happens after a year. If you check bottles in Latvia – some might say 5 years, but that is just to comply with legislation.
    * Unless medical emergency and nothing else is in sight – DON’T use it as a disinfectant! There are way better (less unplesant) options that will not kill as many good bacteria! Also, there are quite a few bad bacteria that will still be in the wound after rinsing with vodka. Today pain no longer means the best disinfectant!

    *Produced in Latvia, but from ingredients sourced in Russia 🙂

    And – check the definition of Nordic countries! So many people seem to mix this up 🙂

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