Finlandia Vodka Bar Rail Runner

Bar Rail Runner Mats are the authentic mats found at the bar where the waiter or waitress would go to order your favorite beverage! This mat is another great addition to your home bar to authenticate your favorite local tavern and really give your guests that tavern environment!

This product is 3.5" by 23" long and made from rubber.

Cleanup is easy: just use warm, soapy water and allow to air dry!


Vodka - the spirit of the steppes

Written by: Petr Tůma

The saying that pure water doesn't ruin the brain could have come from this republic, where mainly beer was historically brewed, and fruit brandies were imbibed - but never clear vodka.

This alcohol, which you often cannot taste or smell, but which hides, chameleon-like, in cocktails of the most brilliant colors, has colored the entire history of countries and peoples - from the Poles and Russians to the Finns and Swedes. Vodka literally became "liquid bread" for all of them. This is confirmed in the most true-to-life way in a fragment from a letter from Peter the Great, written on a visit to Paris: "We're down to our last bottle of vodka. I have no idea of what will happen next."

Vodka, which at the very beginning was used for medicinal purposes, contains a charge that is stronger than gunpowder. It has impacted the morale of many armies, and during the so-called "Winter War" of 1939-40, it sent hundreds of tanks with red stars to the Happy Hunting Grounds.

It was in the distillery of Alek Rajam?ki, where Finlandia Vodka is currently made, that Molotov cocktails were made. These weapons later came to be used by anarchists all around the world. Kerosene, gasoline, and asphalt were topped off by a piece of hemp rope as a fuse...and the Devil's "pancerfaust" was born. This little known period in the history of vodka was recalled by Finlandia Vodka in 1970, with the slogan, "Finland invaded Russia and won the war (of the vodkas)," and then it commenced its offensive on the enormous American market.

For years vodka had been little appreciated in America. It could be made from almost anything - rotten potatoes or sugar beets, American bartenders would argue. The only descendant of the Smirnov family who managed to escape from the Bolsheviks before the Russian revolution had to contend with a similar mistaken opinion. The clear alcohol got its big break about sixty years ago, when the manager of the Cock N' Bull bar in California ordered a huge shipment of ginger ale and had a hard time selling it. So he tried to dampen its fiery flavor with alcohol, and he experimented until he came up with vodka. He called this beverage a"Moscow Mule", saying it had concealed nuclear potential.

This worked reliably during the struggles between the two superpowers - everyone wanted to taste "the enemy's most popular cocktail". By the 1960s vodka trailed only gin as the most-consumed potable.

Today it's far and away the best-selling alcohol in the world, and serves as the base for thousands of cocktails. But in the places of its birth, they say straight and ice-cold is still the only to enjoy its hot, warming breath.

The author is the deputy editor-in-chief of Esquire magazine.

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