Whenever most people think of Russia one of the first things that comes to mind is of course Russian vodka. So no wonder that nowadays in St Petersburg there is an excellent museum fully devoted to this strong alcoholic drink — The Russian Vodka Museum!
The museum is not too big but to visit it is a lot of fun. During the tour you will learn where it all started, that vodka was not that strong at first and was a product of distillation. In the times of Peter the Great if a person was late to one of his parties – so called assemblies – he or she no matter where they were from or how old they were had to drink one liter of vodka in one shot! Fortunately for those people in those days vodka was not that strong yet (not 40% as today), it was more like a strong wine, and that is why it was not as dangerous as it would have been today. However people could still faint.
In times of Catherine the Great a lot of people were producing vodka, so being a very wise woman, she introduced a special tax for vodka which reasonably increased the budget of the country.