How to order it
First thing's first -- Russians don’t mess around when it comes to their national drink. The word “vodka” is reputed to be derived from “voda”, which means water, so here, vodka equals life.
When ordering, remember three things: 1. You’ll be drinking vodka straight (sorry, no mixers or chasers, so casually put that bottle of Ocean Spray back in your bag); 2. You’ll be drinking vodka quickly (shots, not sips); 3. You’ll be drinking it often. When Russians start throwing back vodka for the night, they tend not to deviate.
Vodka is most commonly served chilled and by the bottle, and whoever orders it is in charge of pouring for the group and leading the toast. It doesn’t really matter if your toast is in English or Russian, but if you blank on what to say, try: “To your health!” or “To women!” Or, of course, "To healthy women!" If you start to run out of things to cheers, don't worry, everyone take turns ordering, pouring, and toasting.