Vodka can be made from a variety of raw ingredients, most commonly grain and potato. It originates from Poland or Russia and was used primarily for medicinal reasons, and often flavoured with herbs or spices to cover the poor taste. Nowadays it is a different story, with vodka often being filtered multiple times for extra-purity, and with the aim of creating a neutral, colourless spirit. The category has diversified with many brands and different flavoured vodkas on the market. Vodka can be drunk in cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan, Martini or Bloody Mary, or alternatively neat and directly from the freezer.