Vodka has had several other names since the 17th century when the term vodka, which is a derivative of the word “voda” meaning water, was first used, according to the Vodka Museum. These names include burning wine, korchma and bread wine. Vodka is considered a base liquor along with tequila, gin and rum and is distilled and aged before it reaches the store for sale, which means it should last indefinitely. Improper storage of vodka will alter the taste, making it unpleasant for consumption.
Tightly screw the original cap onto the vodka bottle. If there is a pouring spout on the container, remove it to avoid any excess air from entering the bottle.
Place the vodka into a cool, dry place that is away from direct sunlight or a direct heat source, such as a radiator. The heat will unpleasantly alter the flavor of the vodka. Storing the vodka in the refrigerator or freezer will also preserve the taste.
Throw out any vodka that has a funny smell or taste. The vodka has not spoiled, but the taste has been altered by its environment causing the flavor to be unpleasant to the palate.
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