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© Anjali Thakur | India.com Lifestyle Staff

The white spirits have often been unanimously hailed as one of the most popular when it comes to cocktail making. With the colourless, distilled spirit of vodka being a common favourite for so many, the 4th of October is celebrated as International Vodka Day. This day raises a toast to this one-of-a-kind creation in the world of spirits. While the origins of vodka lead back to the 14th century, the word vodka stems from the Russian word ‘voda’, which means water, attributing to its production process, unique taste and versatility. Distilled and fermented, vodka can be made of grains, potatoes and even grapes! Its refreshing and fresh flavour profile can be moulded into any way that flatters the drink by adding the simplest of ingredients. While it’s traditionally consumed neat in a lot of countries, the liquid has been internationally known for its classic cocktails of Bloody Marys, Martinis, White Russians, Gimlets, and Cosmopolitans. As we gear up to commemorate the day, experts from Diageo India share some classic and unconventional ways to create an effortless drink using the sophisticated and smooth taste of Ketel One and Smirnoff Vodka. So, bring out your favourite glassware and your blend of choice. It’s time to create a vibrant cocktail made with the simplest of ingredients from your kitchens. GINGER AND TURMERIC MARTINI Ingredients: 60ml Ketel One Vodka 15ml Lime Juice 15ml Honey Water A pinch of Turmeric Powder 2-3 Fresh Ginger Slices Glassware: Martini Glass Method: Muddle the ginger slices and mix in Ketel One Vodka, honey water and turmeric powder in a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes to the shaker. Double strain the mixture and pour fresh in a martini glass. Garnish with a slice of ginger. THE DUTCH MULE Ingredients: 60ml Ketel One