Sip: Versatile Vodka


According to Wikipedia, “Vodka is made by the distillation of fermented substances such as grains, potatoes, or sometimes fruits or sugar.” It is also “a spirit that was virtually unknown in the United States prior to the 1940s.” Vodka can be the base of a cocktail but also has a plethora of other uses as well.   Of course, the proverbial V&T (Vodka & Tonic) should top the list, but there are so many additional uses other than imbibing!  Who knew Vodka was so versatile!?!?  I am not sure if I should be impressed or frightened!

1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The solvent dissolves adhesive.

2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.

3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.

4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.

5. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, and then blot dry.

6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.

7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.

8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle, and spray bees or wasps to kill them.

9. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a Ziploc freezer bag and freeze for a slushy, refreshable ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes.

10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to aches and pains.

11. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.

12. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.

13. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.

14. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the Urushiol oil from your skin.

15. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.

*I wish I could give credit to the guy or gal that came up with this list, but no author was  listed. If you know who wrote this, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due!*


Sip: Pumpkin Spirits (and we’re not talking ghosts!)

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year so why not put a little of that orange goodness in your glass? I came across this recipe for Pumpkin Vodka that sounded rather interesting, although the addition of whipped cream flavored vodka threw me a bit.  I will remain open minded and see if the final product is as good as it sounds.
Kelly Magyarics, a DC wine and spirits writer, featured a recipe for Sugar Pumpkin Collins that is rather simple to make once you’ve prepped the sugar pumpkin with the addition of only vodka, lemon, and soda water.  Now you’re able to sip a bit of of fall color and flavor without the falling temps!  Cheers!


Sip: C??roc Chic

Lamenting the end of summer? Me, too! Here is a simple way to regain that carefree and easy feeling of those lazy days of summer…Cîroc Chic! But don’t feel like you have to use Cîroc vodka.  Your favorite (or whatever you have in the cabinet) would be a perfectly good substitution!  Cheers!