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10 images of alcohol as art

By: Katherine Butler on Oct. 19, 2011, 9:19 a.m.
Vodka under a microscope

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Imagine a shot of vodka, and you might think of Russians downing one of the world’s most popular spirits. In fact, the area located in Eastern Europe and Asia is sometimes referred to as the “Vodka Belt.” Both Russia and Poland claim to have invented vodka, which is made from fermented grain or potatoes. Its name stems from the Russian word for water, “voda,” or as the Poles refer to it, “woda.” Vodka became popular with the rest of the world largely starting in the 1940s.