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Berlusconi's Birthday Gift From Putin Breached Sanctions

20 bottles of vodka sent to ex-Italian PM by Russian president violated measures on Ukraine

(Newser) - What do you get a former Italian prime minister who has everything when his birthday rolls around? In Silvio Berlusconi's case, his old pal Vladimir Putin figured nearly two dozen bottles of hard liquor would do the trick. Unfortunately, the European Commission has determined that thoughtful gift breaches sanctions...

980-Foot Vodka Pipeline Led to Man's Home

Officials in Ukraine say it was used to smuggle cheap alcohol across border

(Newser) - The war in Ukraine apparently hasn't put bootleggers out of business. Authorities say border officials patrolling near Podislk in southwest Ukraine found a 980-foot vodka pipeline that was being used to smuggle booze from the breakaway Moldovan region of Transdinistria, Vice reports. The "polyethlene pipe stretched from the...

'Putin Must Pay a Price': Biden Unveils New Penalties

West moves to downgrade Russia's trading status; caviar and vodka banned from the US

(Newser) - The US and the West continue to turn the screws on Russia financially, and one tangible effect of Friday's moves is that Russian vodka and caviar will no longer be allowed into the US, reports CNN . The bans are part of newly announced penalties announced by President Biden. At...

Stolichnaya Vodka Is Now Officially 'Stoli'
Stolichnaya Vodka Renamed

Stolichnaya Vodka Renamed

It's now officially 'Stoli,' due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine

(Newser) - You probably refer to Stolichnaya vodka as "Stoli" anyway, but now it's official: The company that owns the iconic spirit brand says it is turning that nickname into the vodka's actual name. The move is an attempt to distance the brand from Russia, NPR reports. Calling the...

Bars Replace Russian Vodka
Bars Replace Russian Vodka

Bars Replace Russian Vodka

Owners say they're imposing sanctions of their own to support Ukraine

(Newser) - Some bars and liquor stores think they’ve found a potent way to punish Russia for invading Ukraine: They’re pulling Russian vodka off their shelves and promoting Ukrainian brands instead. "I woke up yesterday morning, and I saw that Russia had invaded Ukraine. You wonder what you can...

California Wildfires Ruined a Winery's Grapes. It Had a Plan

Napa Valley's Pine Ridge Vineyards is now producing vodka made from the smoke-tainted fruit

(Newser) - When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When it hands you ruined grapes, make ... vodka? That's what Napa Valley's Pine Ridge Vineyards opted to do when its grape crops were sullied by smoke from last year's California wildfires, thanks in part to a partnership with an Almeda...

2 Big Names Will Be Churning Out Hand Sanitizer

Tito's vodka company, Anheuser-Busch will be tweaking production to make cleansing gels

(Newser) - Just a couple of weeks ago, Tito's warned consumers not to use its vodka as a DIY hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus outbreak. But perhaps that got management thinking about how it actually could help during the pandemic, because now Tito's has made itself a full-fledged partner in...

The Weirdest of Heists: 'Ancient Water' Stolen

Iceberg Vodka discovered one of its tanks was empty on Monday

(Newser) - "Whoever did it, they knew what they were doing." So says the CEO of a Canadian vodka company who claims to have a bizarre theft on his hands. David Meyers alleges nearly 8,000 gallons of what the CBC calls "ancient water" was stolen over the weekend....

Vodka Maker's New Product Technically Isn't Vodka

Ketel One Botanical won't have enough alcohol to qualify

(Newser) - The maker of Ketel One vodka is coming out with a new product that isn't quite vodka. It's more vodka-ish. Parent company Diageo is unveiling Ketel One Botanical, which will have less alcohol and fewer calories than the standard stuff, reports the Wall Street Journal . In fact, at...

Someone Stole Bottle of Vodka Valued at $1.3M

It's said to be the world's most expensive bottle of vodka

(Newser) - The owner of Denmark's Cafe 33 could probably use a drink. Brian Ingberg says someone broke into his bar this week and stole a bottle of vodka valued at $1.3 million, Radio Free Europe reports. According to the AP , Ingberg says the bottle of Russo-Baltique was on loan...

Heading Out on an Adventure? Don't Forget Vodka
Vodka Is a Must-Have
for Any First-Aid Kit
OPINION

Vodka Is a Must-Have for Any First-Aid Kit

'Outside' writer calls a flask of the alcohol 'wildly useful'

(Newser) - To paraphrase one of the great philosophers of our time: Alcohol is the solution to all of life's problems . It's a sentiment Outside writer Susan Casey appears to agree with. In a piece on putting together a first-aid kit for all manner of adventures, Casey surprisingly calls a...

Thieves Make Off With 1.8K Gallons of Vodka From LA Distillery

Company lost 90% of holiday inventory

(Newser) - Police are searching for thieves who swiped more than 1,800 gallons of vodka from a Los Angeles distillery. Investigators say the suspects sawed through dead bolts to get inside a storage room at the Fog Shots distillery, the AP reports. Company representative Art Gukasayan says the thieves made away...

Cops Approach DUI Suspect, Find a Drunk Chihuahua

Maxwell the pup was seen lapping up vodka

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man was charged with animal cruelty after his pet Chihuahua allegedly got drunk on vodka. Police took the pint-sized pooch to an emergency vet service after it was clear the animal had had too much to drink. CBS Pittsburgh reports it all started last Thursday afternoon when police...

Taste for Beer May Be Saving Lives of Russian Men

Brief booze crackdown in 1980s got young men to shift away from vodka

(Newser) - Russian men have an unfortunate tradition of drinking themselves to an early death. As bleak as the number are—life expectancy for Russian men was 65 in 2012, compared with 76 in the US and 74 for China, notes Quartz —researchers have spotted improvement of late. And oddly, they...

4-Year-Old on 911 Call: My Dad Passed Out in Car

NJ cops say 41-year-old Jamil Graham was found with half-empty bottle of vodka

(Newser) - Police say a 4-year-old New Jersey girl called 911 to report her father had passed out in their car, the AP reports. Cliffside Park police say 41-year-old Jamil Graham of Englewood Cliffs was charged with child endangerment, being under the influence of alcohol, and several motor vehicle offenses. Police say...

Have a Glass of San Francisco Fog, On the Rocks

Now being offered in the form of vodka

(Newser) - An "extraordinarily crisp" vodka with "elegant hints of pear, citrus, and honeysuckle" is now available from a California distillery—and it's made with the finest fog San Francisco has to offer, Time reports. Hangar 1's high-end Fog Point (a bottle goes for $125) is crafted from...

Town Hit by Sleeping Illness Gets Answer, No Resolution

A nearby uranium mine may be the culprit, but how?

(Newser) - The mysterious sleeping sickness that has befallen dozens of villagers in a remote region of Kazakhstan continues to befuddle scientists. Following reports of victims passing out in schools, at home, and even on a motorcycle, and sometimes failing to snap out of it for days at a time, scientists descended...

Whiskey Set to Vanquish Vodka in US Sales

Consumer preferences leaning more toward 'authentic' liquor with heritage

(Newser) - Vodka has reigned victorious in sales over all other spirits in the US since 2007, but it's about to be wasted by a formidable opponent: whiskey. Even though vodka still has a hold on volume, whiskey is projected to wrest the sales title away this year, according to Euromonitor...

5 Stars With Their Own Booze Brands

You know you want some George Clooney tequila

(Newser) - You know you've really made it when you have your own brand of alcohol—as do these celebrities rounded up by ETOnline :
  • George Clooney: Helped develop Casamigos tequila after a trip to Mexico with friends Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman; the ad features Clooney waking up next to Cindy
...

Vodka Killing Huge Numbers of Russian Men

Binge-drinking behind alarmingly high early death rate

(Newser) - Russian men who down large amounts of vodka—and too many do—have an "extraordinarily" high risk of an early death, a new study says. Researchers who tracked about 151,000 Russian men from 1999 to 2010 found that the risk of dying before age 55 for those who...

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