Monday, August 9, 2010
"Vice Pioneers" : Vodka
Chudov Monastery, where monk Isidore created the recipe for the world's most popular liquor.
Jesus turning water into wine is the most well known story regarding a religious figure being associated with alcohol, but it doesn't stop there. Surprise. Surprise. Although the exact origin of vodka cannot be definitively traced, the first recipe is accredited to a Russian monk.
From Wikipedia: "According to a legend, around 1430 a monk called Isidore from Chudov Monastery inside the Moscow Kremlin made a recipe of the first Russian vodka. Having a special knowledge and distillation devices he became an author of the new type of alcoholic beverage of a new, higher quality. This "bread wine" as it was initially known, was produced for a long time exclusively in the Grand Duchy of Moscow and in no other principality of Rus' (this situation persisted until the era of industrial production). That's why this beverage for a long time was associated with Moscow." Read more about vodka here.