Hi Walter Anthony Jerry,
It seems you have an interesting project at hand. Vodka has always been a preferred base for Cocktails by mixologists around the world as Vodka is a neutral spirit sans any color, taste and aroma. This essentially qualifies it as a easily mixable base for cocktails. Think about it in this way when you make a glass of Rasna or any other fruit concentrate why do you mix it with water?
Things that you can research on for your project :
* Origins of Vodka * The production process with special emphasis on the distillation and the filtration process as these steps essentially make Vodka a neutral product. * How and Why Vodka became popular? As a ladies drink? Time period and social stigma towards women drinking? How Vodka could be easily hidden and drunk as the appearance was clear and was easily mixable? * How vodka traveled to the United States from Russia at a time when the Cocktail revolution was sweeping the country. * Famous Classic Vodka based cocktails. * How the trend still continues.
These are just a few pointers to help you to start of on your project. While a lot of information is available on the net, our website also gives you a good insight into the technicalities of different spirits. Incase you are looking for books to refer to, the following will be helpful:
* Complete Encyclopedia of Wines, Beers, Spirits and Liqueurs - Stuart Walton and Brian Glover * The Vodka Companion: A Connoiseur's Guide - Desmond Begg * <a href=http://tulleeho.com/shop/product.asp?productID=165>Drinks - Vincent Gasnier * <a href=http://tulleeho.com/shop/product.asp?productID=164>501 Must Drink Cocktails
The last two are available at our online at the Tulleeshop.