Vodka vs. Horilka

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Vodka and Horilka is that the Vodka is a alcoholic distilled beverage and Horilka is a Ukrainian alcoholic beverage

  • Vodka

    Vodka (Polish: wódka [ˈvutka], Russian: водка [ˈvotkə]) is a clear distilled alcoholic beverage that originates from Poland and Russia. It is composed primarily of water and ethanol, but sometimes with traces of impurities and flavorings. Traditionally it is made by distilling the liquid from cereal grains or potatoes that have been fermented, though some modern brands use fruits or sugar as the base.

    Since the 1890s, standard vodkas have been 40% alcohol by volume (ABV) (80 U.S. proof). The European Union has established a minimum alcohol content of 37.5% for vodka. Vodka in the United States must have a minimum alcohol content of 40%.Vodka is traditionally drunk “neat” or “straight” (not mixed with water, ice, or other mixer), although it is often served freezer chilled in the vodka belt of Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, and Ukraine. It is also used in cocktails and mixed drinks, such as the Vodka martini, Cosmopolitan, Vodka Tonic, Screwdriver, Greyhound, Black or White Russian, Moscow Mule, Bloody Mary, and Bloody Caesar.

  • Horilka

    Horilka (Ukrainian: горілка, Russian: водка, Belarusian: гарэлка, Romanian: Horincă) is a Ukrainian alcoholic beverage. The word horilka may also be used in a generic sense in the Ukrainian language to mean vodka or other strong spirits and etymologically is similar to the Ukrainian word for burning – hority. Home-distilled horilka, moonshine, is called samohon (Ukrainian: самогон, literally ‘self-distillate’ or ‘self-run’ – almost identical to the Russian and Polish: samogon). Horilka is usually distilled from grain (usually wheat or rye), though it can, exceptionally, also be distilled from potatoes, honey, sugar beets etc. One type of horilka, called pertsivka (Ukrainian: перцівка), is horilka with chili peppers. Historically, outside Ukraine, pertsivka is generally referred to when people speak of horilka, although pertsivka itself is just one type of horilka.

    It is believed that horilka was not as strong as today with about 20 percent alcohol by volume (40 proof). However, today nearly all industrially produced horilka is 40 percent (80 proof).

  • Vodka (noun)

    A clear distilled alcoholic liquor made from grain mash

  • Vodka (noun)

    A serving of the above beverage

  • Vodka (noun)

    Neutral spirits distilled (or treated after distillation) so as to have no distinctive character, aroma, taste{{,}} or color

  • Horilka (noun)

    Ukrainian distilled spirit, sometimes flavoured with hot peppers.


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