It might be called “The Whiskey Rebellion Trail,” but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a nice vodka cocktail every now and then! There are plenty of places in The Whiskey Rebellion Trail where you can get a cocktail that shines a spotlight on this splashy spirit (and don’t worry, we’ll name a few). But first, we want to share a little bit of vodka history and showcase how our master distillers create such briny, delicious sips!
Did you know that vodka was used as a medicinal agent in medieval times? Or that it’s one of the top 3 best selling spirits in the world?
The first step to producing this crowd pleaser is to ferment. Different distillers use different methods in order to get their desired taste, but fermented grains are the most popular. This means that your favorite vodka cocktail probably started out as sorghum, corn, rice, rye or wheat. Fermentation alone isn’t enough to turn grain into vodka, which is where the process of distillation comes into play. Distillation is, at its core, the process of heating alcohol in a still. Because alcohol boils at a lower temperature than water, distillers are able to capture the evaporated alcohol and separate it from the water.
Each distiller has a different approach to this simple equation, which is why some vodkas go down smoothly and others might not. Find your favorites on The Whiskey Rebellion Trail and celebrate National Vodka Day by tasting what our master distillers have to offer at these locations or explore the passes for yourself!