Vodka was my first science experiment. I was seven. Nine. I can’t remember. I was a kid. It was winter. My father and I were at the kitchen table and he handed me a bottle of Stoli. That’s what Russians do to stay warm, you know. Drink lots of vodka. We moved to Brooklyn when I was two but in some ways it’s like they never left. So, he hands me the bottle and says, “Max,” he says, “put it in the freezer. Wait two hours. Then, see what happens.” There’s always vodka in our freezer. Not a lot of food in the fridge but always vodka in the freezer. So, I wait. Two hours later I take it out and it’s not frozen. Cold but not ice. “So, Max, tell me why,” he says. And I know why…..
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- Written by: Penny Jackson