Friday March 22, 2019

Five benefits of the wonder drink ‘Vodka’ that you must know

Early on, it was popular not as an alcoholic drink to enjoy, but for its medicinal properties

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Health benefits of Vodka
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New Delhi, September 28, 2017: As everything has its pros and cons, so does Vodka. Of course, we know that it isn’t exactly great for our livers, but what’s not much known is the fact, that when taken in moderation, it is capable of doing some really amazing things.

Vodka, a popular beverage made of ethanol and water, has historic roots with stories of its inventions dating back to the 9th century or the 8th century, according to the Russian and the Polish respectively. Early on, it was popular not as an alcoholic drink to enjoy, but for its medicinal properties. These medicinal properties have been appreciated in the modern world as well.

Vodka is believed to have a number of benefits, both as internal medication and as external lotion which can be applied on the body. Vodka, so it seems, can do wonders, but one mustn’t forget, Moderation is the key. Let’s take a look at five amazing benefits of vodka, “the wonder drink”.

Five benefits of Vodka, “the wonder drink”: 

  • Vodka Reduces Stress: This can be said for most of the alcoholic drinks, but vodka has the back of science to prove that it has properties that really does reduce stress. It has been scientifically proven and empirically accounted, that it has in it the thing that relaxes the body, calms the brain and induces sleep.
Health benefits of Vodka
Vodka reduces stress. Pixabay
  • Vodka Works Great for Hair and Skin: Owing to its astringent properties, which tighten the skin pores and cleanse the skin, it works really well as a skin toner. A potion of green tea and vodka, when applied on face every night, can give amazing results. It also helps eliminate toxins from your scalp to prevent dandruff and enhance hair growth. Vodka has to be a new add in your beauty care routine.
Health benefits of Vodka
Vodka works great for hair and skin. Pixabay
  • Vodka Lowers Fever: On its application on patient’s forehead, chest and leg as an ointment or lotion, it has been proved, that the body temperature reduces, thus lowering the fever. Rubbing a few drops on your temples is, in fact, an old Russian folklore remedy to get rid of fever and headache. So the next time you or someone you know has fever, you know what to go for.
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Vodka lowers fever. Pixabay

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  • Vodka Relieves Toothache: Swishing a small amount, probably a shot of vodka around the aching tooth can help reduce the pain or even help get rid of it entirely. It can also work as an effective mouthwash when mixed with cinnamon, curing bad breath. Just like the ready-made mouthwashes, all you need is to do some sipping, swishing and spitting to combat that bad breath.
Health Benefits of Vodka
Vodka relieves toothache. Wikimedia
  • Vodka Has antiseptic properties: Vodka has antiseptic properties that prove themselves useful time and again. It helps prevent development of infection, in case of an animal bite; cures cold; helps bring down the fever; promotes urination, thereby easy flushing of toxins from the body. However, its application should be avoided on dry, sensitive or burned skin unless one has been specifically instructed.
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Vodka has antiseptic properties. Pixabay

-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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Pair the Right Food with Wine, Vodka

Amrut Vare, Winemaker at Chandon India, lists down some food suggestions:

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Winter is the time to plan perfect indoor parties and pair home cooked food with the appropriate alcohol. Experts suggest how.
Amrut Vare, Winemaker at Chandon India, lists down some food suggestions:
* Appetisers: With its sharp fruity notes, a sparkling wine is perfect with savoury hors d’oeuvres with strong Indian flavours. Think southern Kerala-style prawn pepper fry or kali mirch chicken tikka. The spices and ingredients in these recipes balance out the semi-sweet notes of the wine.
* Main course: For the main course, choose dishes that don’t overwhelm the delicate flavours and acidity of the wine. Go for creamy butter chicken or Goan prawn curry. Dishes that are slightly spicy, tangy and rich, such as Dal Makhani are an ideal fit as they don’t overpower the fruity notes of a sparkling wine.
* Dessert: Fresh, light fresh desserts will go beautifully with the semi-sweet taste of the wine. For instance, caramel custard or fresh fruits with cream, with their hint of citrus, are the perfect accompaniments.
Sparkling wines can also be paired and thoroughly enjoyed with Pan-Asian dishes from Vietnamese, Thai and Indonesian cuisines.
Climate change can have an effect on the taste of the wine
Climate change can have an effect on the taste of the wine. wikimedia commons
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Neha Mansukhani Singh, Senior Marketing Manager, Belvedere Vodka (India), lists some picks:
* Beat the heat with a zesty reinvention of a martini when you’re out for brunch on a sunny Sunday. The Poet cocktail consists of 60 ml vodka, 5 ml martini bianco, green apple and rocket leaf puree, a dash of honey water with 10ml of lime juice for that extra kick. Shaken to perfection and topped with green apple peel rose and rocket leaf, this cocktail is best paired with fresh rocket, apple and walnut salad with a balsamic dressing.
* A light lunch consisting of grilled sea bass and vegetables with a white wine and shallot sauce is best balanced with a punchy vodka cocktail. The Hitchhiker is made with 50 ml vodka, 5ml Bianco Vermouth, 5 pieces of black pepper, 4 rocket leaves, 20 ml of honey water and 10ml of kinnow sweet lime hybrid juice shaken on ice and served with the same dehydrated peel.
* While the sun sets, the palate craves something with freshness and a zing. The Hybelv Spritz, made with 40 ml vodka, organic oranges, hybrid basil leaves, martini bianco infused with lime zest and topped off with Chandon Brut is the perfect fresh bubbly surprise for any sundowner. Paired with beet, orange and fennel salad amuse bouche, this pairing is a winner for any evening out.
* A hearty dinner of Juniper Crusted Lamb Chops with Caramelized Grapefruit Chutney and a cocktail made with a spicy and sweet concoction is the perfect way to end a night. The Zycie, made with 60 ml vodka, 45 ml jaggery and grape fruit juice, 5 chunks of bell pepper, a lime leaf, chopped spring onions, martini bianco, 15 ml of lime juice and burnt Star Anise with a spray of Campari, is that perfectly balanced spicy and sweet cocktail that is light and yet a burst of flavours. (IANS)