TODAY   |  February 10, 2014

Russian mule: TODAY anchors taste-test vodka

Tatiana Petrakova, the international brand ambassador for Russian Standard Vodka, joins TODAY for a Russian vodka tasting and demonstrates different ways to serve the beverage, including drinking it in a Russian mule.

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>>> you're hearing all this music in the background. they're playing all this great background music , everybody partying. when you're in rome, you drink wine.

>> but in sochi, you drink vodka.

>> what better way to welcome natalie and al to russia than with some good old fashioned vodka tasting. the international brand ambassador for russian standard vodka. tatia tatiana , welcome.

>> thank you very much.

>> so let's talk about, this is really the water of russia . the most important booze you have here, right?

>> water of life, right?

>> it's our national spirit and our favorite drink. and it is the deep meaning of vodka, which comes from the word water. it's the water of life. so it's been with us for centuries reviving the ill. even know, if you feel a bit under weather, having a cold or upset stomach, have a little shot of vodka to help or lemon and you'll feel better.

>> just what the doctor ordered.

>> home remedy, i like it.

>> how do you know what's good-quality vodka versus not good quality?

>> you don't care.

>> i don't know the difference, honestly.

>> we know in russia . in the west, a lot of vodka created with the mix. we know what vodka should taste like. it's a little bit spicy, it's not too harsh, made a little bit sweet because we use wheat for it which gives the sweetness.

>> and tatiana --

>> those who like it in a cocktail, which we make. it has to be russian standard . it's very simple to make even at home.

>> we're running out of time .

>> you mix it.

>> okay.

>> generous amount of russian standard original.

>> kathie lee and hoda, you've got vodka there, too?

>> tatiana , we've got to go. looks delicious. we'll try it. test. test. test. test. test. test. test. test. test. test. test. test. test. test. test.