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Vodka definition remains

But good try, Balts!

The EU Parliament has rejected a proposal by Poland, Finland, the Baltic states, Sweden and Denmark to tighten the legal definition of vodka. The “vodka belt” countries wanted to define vodka as a spirit made only from potatoes or grain. The EU did grant that vodka made from anything other than potatoes or grain must say so on the label, though there are no requirements as to how big that text must be.

The UK, France, and Germany are responsible for about one third of EU vodka production and often make it from sugar beets, grapes, and even citrus fruit. Party trivia question to amaze your friends: Russia is of course the world’s number one vodka maker, but who is number two? Answer: Great Britain. (And you thought they only drank gin.)