It is composed primarily of water and ethanol, but sometimes with traces of flavourings. Traditionally it is made by distilling the liquid from cereal grains or potatoes that have been fermented. Since the 1890s, standard vodkas have been 40% ABV.
Vodka is traditionally drunk “neat” or “straight”. It is also used in cocktails and mixed drinks, such as the Vodka Martini, Cosmopolitan, Vodka Tonic, Screwdriver, Greyhound, Black, or White Russian, Moscow Mule, Bloody Mary, and Caesar.