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Richard Nixon and Donald Kendall: Pepsi in Russia and South America

It has been said in half-jest that Pepsi was the official soda of the Cold War. Vice President Richard Nixon shared a Pepsi with Soviet Russia's Premier, Nikita Khrushchev, at the opening of the "American National Exhibition" in Moscow on July 24, 1959, after the famous "Kitchen Debate" (CBS newscast on Archive.org; transcript with two photos from the day). But how was it that Pepsi was the only Western soda-pop available there that day? Look to Donald Kendall, a long-time pal of Richard Nixon, who starting out in 1947 selling fountain syrup in New York, and rose through the ranks to be President of Pepsi Cola International by 1957. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 11, 2014 - 13 comments

He's smiling cause he's full of vodka.

What if you performed clay forensic facial reconstruction on a bottle of Crystal Skull Vodka?
posted by The Whelk on Feb 17, 2014 - 45 comments

*sniff* I'm getting some citrus...I'm getting some vodka...

Classic Cocktail Review: Diet Dew and Vodka
posted by Drinky Die on Feb 6, 2014 - 84 comments

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Martini* (*and we're glad you asked)

Q: OK, I'm ready for the long answer now. A: A highly vocal minority of Martini drinkers, the Prescriptivists, insists that the short answer is in fact the only answer...
posted by gauche on Aug 13, 2012 - 135 comments

Firewater

There's a fairly old urban legend [Snopes; pop-ups galore] regarding the feasibility and/or incidence of young people getting drunk via the insertion of tampons that had been soaked in vodka into body cavities. Snopes was skeptical of the claim, but apparently no one had gone on record as having tested the method... until Danielle Crittenden stepped into the breach. (HuffPo) [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Nov 23, 2011 - 134 comments

Vodka is tasteless going down, but it is memorable coming up.

“When it came to hard liquor .  .  . Americans preferred bourbon whiskey. Vodka was still mysterious, a drink yet to be discovered.” The story of how a colorless, odorless, tasteless spirit became a billion-dollar business in less than fifty years. (SLWeeklyStandard)
posted by spitefulcrow on Aug 21, 2011 - 126 comments

Savory yet unsavory

Alie & Georgia have an unusual culinary hobby. [more inside]
posted by chairface on Dec 28, 2010 - 13 comments

You say potato, I say vodka

In March a little known potato vodka made in the UK by a Herefordshire farmer, William Chase, won best in class at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition [warning: PDF]. Chase was 20 when he bought his father’s 75-acre farm, in 1984 with a £200,000 loan from the bank. This is his second venture: in his first, he bucked the trend and told supermarket giant Tesco to get lost when they wanted to sell his potato chips. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on May 18, 2010 - 25 comments

December 5, 1933: The Good Old Days are Back Again

He was elected at the nadir of the worst depression in history; 25% of the workforce was unemployed, two million were homeless. Yet in the face of this, he made us an optimistic and far-reaching New Deal, creating among other programs a federal minimum wage, social security, and the FDIC. He pulled us out of dire financial straits and, when our country was called upon to fight in World War II, he brought us to the cusp of victory. In his unprecedented thirteen years in office, he cemented his undisputed legacy as one of the greatest presidents in American history. But before he could achieve any of this, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a promise to keep — a promise to the "wet vote," whose indispensable support he had called upon in 1932 during his first presidential campaign when he promised to repeal the 18th Amendment and end Prohibition. And thus, as legend has it, immediately after his first fireside chat from the White House in March 1933, Roosevelt turned to his two top aides and said, "I think it's time for a beer." And yes, indeed, it was. [more inside]
posted by churl on Dec 5, 2009 - 32 comments

The first glass goes down like a post...

Russian food porn. [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Nov 18, 2009 - 59 comments

Behold, the McNuggetini

In which Georgia gives you the McNuggetini.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey on Feb 16, 2009 - 87 comments

Since we are encouraging discussion on manners of spirit...

Crystal Head Vodka. Dan Aykroyd's been sampling too much of his own product
posted by allkindsoftime on Oct 1, 2008 - 138 comments

The Dude abides

How to make the worst White Russian ever. That's what you get for asking for cocktail at some super square looking business hotel adjacent to an exhibition center. Ok, ok, here's how to make a nice one. Ooh it looks like Jupiter. Try one hot. Teeny tiny Kahlua drinks. Do NOT cook pork in it. Oh, okay, go ahead. Make you own kahlua. It won't be as pretty as this. While we're adding coffee to booze why not add booze to coffee.
posted by Artw on May 29, 2008 - 58 comments

Infusions of Grandeur

Cantaloupe, garlic, ginger, habenero, kiwi, nutmeg, pineapple, spearmint, watermelon and many other vodka infusion experiments by the crack alconomics team of Waylan and Brendan.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 12, 2008 - 25 comments

It's not funny!!

A Vodka Movie by Zach Galifianakis, Tim and Eric
posted by nola on Mar 8, 2008 - 34 comments

Vodka "Pills"?

Vodka "pills" or candy, are NOT for little trick-or-treaters. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Oct 30, 2007 - 26 comments

Dear Ketel One Marketing Department...

"My dad started crying, I started crying, my brother started crying," says Carl Nolet Jr., who sounds on the phone like he's not kidding. "It was exactly what we wanted to say. It was simple, it was black and white, it was genuine."

Dear Ketel One Drinker
Don't You Like Our New Oh So Minimalist Ads?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Oct 3, 2007 - 89 comments

Black Vodka

Black Vodka. Perfect for Halloween! (A separate search yielded direct links to mixing and drink tips.) The coloring is from the Indian/Burmese catechu, a wood extract, but it won't stain. After doing a little research, it seems UK company Blavod merged with US Extreme Beverages, maker of Red Bull. So... is it a novelty, or niche filler? Reviews seem pretty favorable. I'll be picking up a botle for my Halloween party.
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Oct 3, 2006 - 37 comments

The Birth of Weeniecello, hot dog infused vodka

"Over the years, I've tried various sorts of infusions, with vodka and other liquors. Fruit and herb-infused are the best known, and are often wonderful. But what I like is meat. Where's the infusion for people like me? I felt disenfranchised, and alone, especially after some research on the interwebs revealed a real lack of meat-based liqueurs. It would be up to me to blaze the trail."
posted by the duck by the oboe on Aug 27, 2006 - 44 comments

Absolut Search

Where's Waldo the Vodka? Absolut Search: You have two minutes to find 82 vodka bottles in this crowded little illustration of a slice o' New York life. (Flash; and, of course, preceded by an age-verification page. Don't even think about lying, you naughty kids.)
posted by Gator on Jul 2, 2006 - 30 comments

because everything should be frozen

A small exporter of premium vodka markets to the motherland with an original and eye-catching campaign for everyone
posted by isol on May 29, 2005 - 19 comments

You say poTAYto, I say poTAYto too actually.

People either love them or they hate them. In our spuddish history, we have fought wars and named queens. Canadians build monuments, Americans misspelle.
They entertain us, they destroy our livers, sometimes they go BOOM! In some parts of the world, they're famous.
Solanum Tuberosum
forever.
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies on Mar 30, 2005 - 9 comments

At least they'll know what to serve it with

China's Latest Innovation: Fish Wine
The French used grapes, Russians fermented potatoes, Koreans put ginseng in their drink and Mexicans distilled cactus plants to make fiery tequila.
Now China has made wine out of fish.
posted by fenriq on Jan 31, 2005 - 43 comments

Store brands run screaming!

Science experiment: one bottle of vile, cheap vodka and a Brita water filter. Four filtrations later and it tastes better than Ketel One.
posted by starscream on Nov 10, 2004 - 29 comments

Russian Vodka

And Here's A Bottle Of Vodka For The Translator: The English may be hilariously garbled but its flavour is definitely strong and the author, V.V. Pokhlebkin, is vodka's leading historian, although he's quite severe and nationalistic: no vodka without (certain) food(s); no cocktails; no foreign muck. If you can't find his book, this is the next best thing. ( Additional advice for businessmen here.)
posted by MiguelCardoso on Mar 31, 2004 - 4 comments

motherland/vodka

Fatherland or Motherland.I was wondering why people say Motherland for Russia and Fatherland for Germany.I googled and didn't find an answer but did find an artistamp exhibit that artistically tried to answer the question.1,2,3,4.And at the same site found a collection of other cool artistamps.1,2,3,4. And also found a neat gallery of cigarette packages from around the world.But my question still remains to be answered.(Oh,who cares,Motherland is where the vodka is.)
posted by JohnR on May 5, 2003 - 19 comments

Stop Wining Laddie - And Pass the Macallan!

Stop Wining Laddie - And Pass the Macallan! Why bother with sissy wines and beers when you can have whisky all through your meal? A new trend in dining is pairing spirits and cocktails with food. Russian aristocrats still refuse to drink vodka unaccompanied by comestibles while modern Italians and Americans cook with it. The Japanese love their straight Cognac and Chivas with everything bar sashimi and eccentric old Englishmen stick with Port from start to finish. I guess they're all on to something, no? In case they're not, here, by way of consolation, is a wonderful interactive food and wine matcher for the dullards and traditionalists among us. Cheers!
posted by MiguelCardoso on Nov 5, 2002 - 15 comments

What's your favorite type of liquor?

What's your favorite type of liquor? After the success of the beer thread, I figured some people might want to talk about their favorite scotches, bourbons, rums, tequilas, vodkas, and gins.
posted by rorycberger on Sep 20, 2001 - 136 comments

Red Bull cocktails giving wings, sending some to heaven.

Red Bull cocktails giving wings, sending some to heaven. The Swedish are more than a little upset and Norway, Denmark, and France won't sell it because of its caffiene content.
posted by skallas on Jul 15, 2001 - 37 comments

Russia in crisis as vodka runs out.

Russia in crisis as vodka runs out. The situation is dire. Riots are threatening to break out. All because Russian businesses actually decided to obey a poorly thought out law for a change.
posted by andrewraff on Jun 5, 2001 - 3 comments

There's always room for Jell-O!

There's always room for Jell-O! Most people don't know that Tom Lehrer is the co-inventor of the vodka Jell-O shot
posted by plinth on Mar 13, 2000 - 7 comments

What's more refreshing than the blue screen of death?

What's more refreshing than the blue screen of death? The Professor Solonin Vodka Company recently launched a new beer using a variation of the infamous Microsoft trademark - Windows 99. Russian trademark law allows registration of similar, if not identical trademarks as long as they are in different product categories. If Microsoft decides to litigate, it's basically a whack of free advertizing for these jokers.
posted by grant on Jan 3, 2000 - 0 comments

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