Vodka is a traditional Russian alcoholic beverage made from grain or potatoes. Clear in color, vodka is mainly water and ethanol, with added flavors available. While most vodkas clock in at 40% alcohol by volume, repeated distillation can result in an alcohol percentage of 95%. Distilled vodka is filtered through activated charcoal or other mediums to make the liquid fully transparent and colorless, a sign of the alcohol's absolute purity. The neutral flavor is smooth with a light sweet taste that makes it perfect for mixed drinks.