September 08, 2017

Vodka is an alcoholic drink which is originated in Eastern Europe. In Russian, the word means "вода - water". The name of the drink was first mentioned at the end of the 9th century. Originally, in the Middle Ages, it was used in medicine, also us an ingredient of producing gunpowder.

Already in the 14th-century Vodka was a national drink of Russia, then in Poland and Finland. There is no exact proof about the homeland of this drink so it has a lot of stories legends and myths about the origin. Some claim that the founder was Persian doctor Ar Razi and he made the first Vodka still in the 9th century.  Other claims that the founder was famous Russian Chemist Dmitriy Mendeleev. 

This is an alcoholic drink composed of water and ethanol distilled from fermented grains or potatoes, sometimes with different flavors. Though this drink doesn't have the Armenian origin, it is very popular drink in Armenia. Vodka is widely used beverage here, even traditional Armenian barbecue is being served with oghi as we call it.

But here we also make our own Vodka, called  " Tti oghi" meaning "Mulberry Vodka" which are being actively produced in Artsakh and Goris. Tti Oghi is very strong drink because the alcohol contains 40-80 % and it has curing properties.

Mulberry Vodka or Tti oghi

The main ingredients are the white and black mulberries.  The berries are being picked usually in July. Traditionally, the oghi is being made in jars. We even make special Vodka which is made of the apricot, peach, apple, and cornel.

We also had a special festival dedicated to Oghi which took place in Goris (Syunik Region). The participants were from Goris, MeghriKapan, Sisian and other parts of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. They were presenting their own works, jams from different fruits, homemade goods and foods and the most important thing is the Tti oghi.

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