Vodka is a type of popular alcoholic drink usually containing 35-70% alcohol (the most common is 40%). Vodka is mostly clear in color, with a pronounced alcoholic taste. The naming comes either from the Slavonic word for water or from the water (dissolving the drug in alcohol as a distillate), or the medieval drink aqua vitae . It is mostly consumed pure (usually chilled). It is also often used in cocktails (such as Screwdriver, Yorsh, Bloody Mary, Sex on the Beach or Long Island Iced Tea).
Vodka is traditionally made from grain, but the basic raw material can be potatoes, sugar beet, grapevine or rice. The manufacturing process has several phases, including fermentation, distillation, filtration and dilution. Potato or beetroot vodka is usually flavored with capsaicin (pepper extract), sugar and cooking salt.