Stolichnaya is one of the most famous vodka brands on the planet and its Elit edition, first launched in 2003, represents the pinnacle of its distillation technique. Where the classic red label is charcoal filtered three times, Elit is filtered through a series of different materials and, crucially, is frozen to -18°C in a ‘freeze-filtration’ technique central to the vodka’s purity.
Discover more about Elit below, from how it’s made to what recipe makes it a surprisingly great pairing with a festive cheese board.
Elit Vodka starts with winter wheat, which is then slowly fermented before the resulting liquid goes through three separate distillations. This base vodka then travels to the Latvijas Balzams facility in Riga, where it is blended with artesian well water.
At this point the vodka is subjected to the patented filtration process. It is first passed through super-fast quartz sand, then flowed through birch wood charcoal to strip out any residual impurities. Stolichnaya don’t stop here, however: the vodka is then frozen to -18C and passed at an ultra-slow speed through ion-charged filters, and then allowed to rest. Once this resting period is complete, the vodka is ready to be bottled as the world-renowned vodka, Stolichnaya Elit.
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While Elit Vodka is a great choice for a classic Vodka Martini, Stolichnya’s Gypsy Queen cocktail is a great pairing with a cheese board.
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a tumbler and garnish with a strip of orange peel.
Stolichnaya’s roots are Russian and the name takes its name from ‘stolitsa’ (‘capital city’), but the vodka’s filtration all takes place in the Latvijas Balzams facility in Riga, Latvia, and since 2022 the brand has sourced all its base spirit from elsewhere in the EU. Stolichnaya, affectionately as Stoli, is most famous for its red label vodka, which came to life in 1953 after the label was the winning entry in a state-run competition to find one.