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Smirnoff Vodka

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Smirnoff Vodka is one of the world's most popular vodkas. Smirnoff Vodka carries a full range of flavored vodkas to choose from. Smirnoff Flavored Vodkas start off with clean pure Smirnoff vodka and then the flavor is added. There is not any sugar added tot he vodka. Most Recipes using Smirnoff Flavored Vodka has some sugar in the other ingredients. The Smirnoff line of Flavored vodkas does have the essence of each flavor in the bottle but the sugar really rounds off the drink. The beauty of the thing is that you can regulate how sweet your drink will be.
Smirnoff Vodka Recipes
Abstract Blueberry
Black Haus Orange Coffee
Black Haus Twist
Blackberry Martini
Blue Ghost Cocktail
Bull Piss Shooter
Cherry and Cola
Citrus and Soda
Cranberry and Ginger
Cranhouse Of Love
Creme Rosa
Fruit Fusion #2
Long Island-Top Shelf
Malibu Beach
Malibu Island Glow
Malibu Squeeze Harder
Malibu Summer Rain
Malibu Wipe Out Punch
Royal Apple
Smirnoff and Energy Drink
Smirnoff Bloody Mary
Smirnoff Blueberry and Lemonade
Smirnoff Caipiroska
Smirnoff Cape Cod
Smirnoff Chocolate Cake
Smirnoff Citrus Vodka and soda
Smirnoff Classic Martini
Smirnoff Cosmopolitan
Smirnoff Green Apple Martini
Smirnoff Lemon Drop Martini
Smirnoff Mule
Smirnoff no. 21 Champagne Sparkle
Smirnoff Orange Cream
Smirnoff Passion Fruit Punch
Smirnoff Pomegranate Martini
Smirnoff Vodka and Coke
Smirnoff Vanilla and Cola
Strawberry Swirl
Trip to the Beach
Vanilla Crush
Watermelon Splash

In Kentucky sales rocketed as the distributor started marketing Smirnoff as 'white whiskey, no taste, no smell'. After the war, John Martin was sitting in a bar with a friend and a girlfriend. The girlfriend owned a ginger beer brand which wasn't selling and the friend had a stock of copper mugs which he also couldn't sell. They mixed Smirnoff with the ginger beer in a copper mug, added lime and the Moscow Mule was born.
In 1982, the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company acquired Heublein Inc. for $1.4 billion dollars. RJR Nabisco sold the division to Grand Metropolitan in 1987. Grand Metropolitan merged with Guinness to form Diageo in 1997.

In 1990, the Berlin Wall came down and Helmut Kohl did a deal with Gorbachev allowing the reunification of Germany provided the Soviet army could remain in East Germany and be paid by West Germany for three years. Suddenly 500,000 Soviet soldiers were paid in hard currency and had almost nothing to do except drink. They then proceeded to spend their currency on Marlboro cigarettes, Levi jeans and Smirnoff vodka.

The US-made variety of Smirnoff vodka was especially popular. The London office of Heublein was inundated with orders and the Vice President, Jeremy Collis, set about exploiting this 'gusher' to the fullest extent possible. Huge in store Smirnoff displays were set up in the Russian army stores and the officers' messes were renamed Smirnoff Clubs. Individual messes started serving in excess of 200 litres a night of Smirnoff. The Soviet forces became the biggest market in Europe for Smirnoff outside the UK. Smirnoff was shipped to Germany at the rate of 20,000 bottles a day. Moskowskaya and Stolichnaya's market share in Germany dropped from 100% to almost nothing.

During the 1990s one of Piotr Smirnov's descendants started producing Smirnov vodka in Russia, claiming to be "The Only Real Smirnov". After a number of lawsuits, Smirnoff successfully reclaimed its trademark, while in 2006 Diageo concluded a joint venture deal with the Smirnov company.

A line of 17 flavored vodkas with the "Twist" moniker appended on the end of the name have also been introduced. Flavors include Green Apple, Orange, Cranberry, Raspberry, Citrus (Lemon), Vanilla, Strawberry, Black Cherry, Watermelon, Lime, Blueberry, White Grape, Melon (Honeydew/Cantaloupe), Pomegranate, Passion Fruit, Pear, and most recently, Pineapple.
Smirnoff trialed in the UK and Canada during 2004 a new blend of vodka entitled Smirnoff Penka. Marketing and distribution was handled by The Reserve Brands of Diageo plc. As of 2007 Penka continues to be available in the UK.
In a 2005 New York Times blind tasting of 21 world-class vodkas, Smirnoff won as the "hands-down favorite"


Smirnoff No. 21
Smirnoff No. 57
Smirnoff Blueberry
Smirnoff Raspberry
Smirnoff Strawberry
Smirnoff Orange
Smirnoff Vanilla.
Smirnoff Watermelon
Smirnoff Black Ice
Smirnoff Black Cherry
Smirnoff Citrus
Smirnoff Green Apple

Pyotr Smirnov founded his vodka distillery in Moscow in the 1860s under the trading name of PA Smirnoff, pioneering charcoal filtration in the 1870s, and becoming the first to utilize newspaper ads along with charitable contributions to the clergy to stifle anti-vodka sermons, capturing two-thirds of the Moscow market by 1886. His brand was reportedly the tsar's favorite. When he died, he was succeeded by his third son Vladimir Smirnov (? - 1939).

The company flourished and produced more than 4 million cases of vodka per year. In 1904 the Tsar nationalised the Russian vodka industry and Vladimir Smirnoff was forced to sell his factory and brand. During the October Revolution, of 1917 the Smirnoff family had to flee. Vladimir Smirnov re-established the factory in 1920 in Istanbul. Four years later he moved to Lwów (formerly Poland, now Lviv, Ukraine) and started to sell the vodka under the contemporary French spelling of the name, "Smirnoff". The new product was a success and by the end of 1930 it was exported to most European countries. An additional distillery was founded in Paris in 1925.

Smirnoff Vodka

In the 1930s Vladimir met Rudolph Kunett, a Russian who had emigrated to America in 1920. The Kunett family had been a supplier of spirits to Smirnoff in Moscow before the Revolution. In 1933 Vladimir sold Kunett the right to begin producing Smirnoff vodka in North America. However, the business in America was not as successful as Kunett had hoped. In 1938 Kunett couldn't afford to pay for the necessary sales licenses, and contacted John Martin, president of Heublein, who agreed to buy the rights to Smirnoff for the value of the distilling equipment. His Board thought he was mad. Sales were very slow until one day they ran out of corks and had to use whiskey corks instead.

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