On occasion, when I have the presence of mind to look around the restaurant to observe what beverages people are consuming with their meals, I am often intrigued by the absence of vodka from most tables. It seems that there is this generally accepted norm that vodka is a party drink and not one fit for the dinner table. When you’re dining out, just glance around the restaurant and take note of which alcohol types are being enjoyed with meals. I can, with absolute certainty assure you that you will at the very least spot a table enjoying either a glass of beer, wine, brandy, whiskey and or rum but I cannot extend the same certainty to you spotting one enjoying a glass of vodka (neat or as a cocktail). Even gin has a better presence at the dinner table than vodka, thanks largely to the gin&tonic combo.