September 25, 2006

iVodka, You Vodka, We All Vodka

Vodka-splosionSometimes it seems like three quarters of new liquors that come out are vodka, and it's hard to keep them all straight. That's where iVodka comes in - they're a database of all kinds of vodka brands and types, from Absolut to Zytniowka. Plus, they organize their information on Russia's (or Poland's, depending on who you believe) water of life, organized by Brand, Country or Supplier so you can find new brands in multiple ways. Check them out at iVodka.com.

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September 19, 2006

Get Drunk on Dessert with a Mud Pie Martini

Mud Pie MartiniHistorically, we haven't been huge fans of sweets and liquor combined. Hell, we've had a recipe for pudding shots for almost a year now and we haven't even made them yet. But for some reason this Mud Pie Martini really jumped out at us - we've included the recipe below.

Plus, if these kinds of after-dinner drinks are your cup of tea, so to speak, we found a book called Dessert Cocktails at Amazon.

Start by placing some finely crushed Oreos on a plate. Spin the rim of a martini glass in ice, then dip the rim into the Oreos.

Shake together 1 ounce of Three Olives Chocolate Vodka, 1 ounce Starbucks cream liqueur, 1/2 ounce Starbucks coffee liqueur or Kahlua, and 1/2 ounce Frangelico, then pour into the glass.

Finish with a flower of whipped cream and a few toasted almond slivers.

via AZStarnet

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September 13, 2006

Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Bison Grass VodkaWe don't spend much time thinking about bison. They're all humps and horns and chewing their cud - not really our bag. But we just found a story about bison that involves vodka, which definitely piqued our interest. Apparently there's a certain kind of grass in Poland that makes the local bison all - for lack of a better word - horny.

And apparently, you can get your hands on this bison grass in vodka form so you can find out if it how it affects you. The following story is about a bar that serves bison grass vodka in Toronto, but you can get your own bottle of the stuff at Internet Wine & Spirits; looks like we're going to have to get our hands on a bottle.

Hameed invented the Frisky Bison after chatting with a Polish co-worker about bison grass and the reputed ardour it encourages in the great humped beasts, along with the enduring popularity of bison grass vodka among Poles.

"It makes them frisky, which is why they have lasted so long," says Hameed. I assume he's speaking of the longevity of the bison breed.

A small amount of bison grass is used in the making of the spirit — about 10 blades' worth in each bottle, he says. And like the worm in a bottle of tequila, a single, long stem of green bison grass is slipped into each bottle.

Whether the grass acts as an aphrodisiac requires more research, but when sipped neat, the vodka is quite pleasant. It has a faint back note of vanilla; a hint of anise and a rising taste of cinnamon. Which is why bison grass vodka is popular mixed with apple juice, explains Hameed. "It tastes like apple pie," he says. And indeed it does.

via Toronto Star; more at the Bison Grass Vodka site.

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August 31, 2006

Pearl Black Vodka

Pearl Black VodkaArrrr, mateys. We're at a very piratey time right now, with a hugely successful Pirate movie at our aft and International Talk Like a Pirate Day on the horizon. What better time than now to talk about...vodka? Yep, we're talking about Pearl Black Vodka, the very same spirit that was by the cast and crew to toast the success of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean flick, Curse of the Black Pearl.

Seems to be getting some solid reviews - at least if you consider Spirit Journal calling it "without a doubt, the finest vodka available" a good thing. We know we're interested, and we might even walk the plank for a sip.

Pearl Black has won praise for its super-smooth taste, a result of a careful selection of ingredients and repeated distillation and filtering.

Now we just need to see some Snakes on a Vodka Bottle...

via Luxist; learn more at PearlVodka.com

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August 9, 2006

Vodka Infusion Recipes from Thrillist

vodka-infusion.jpgWe've been hammering Thrillist pretty hard the past couple weeks, featuring all sorts of stories by them. There are two reasons. One, they cover cool stuff that relates to drinking. Two, we're lazy, and their emails (join up) hit our inbox every day just begging to be covered.

Today's installment of "Thrillist Snob" involves vodka infusion recipes so you can make your own flavored vodkas. We've included their tips on how to do infusions below, plus you should head over to their site for recipes - Pravda's Fig Vodka, Big Pepper Infused Vodka and Triple Citrus Vodka. Mmm-mmm good.

First, choose a neutral tasting vodka -- one that's been distilled more than three times and isn't made from potatoes or sold in unmarked plastic jugs . Pick your additive -- be sure it's organic, as pesticides will taint your vodka. Dump everything into an air-tight glass jar and let it sit at room temperature. Most fruits impart their flavors within a couple days, though more fibrous roots (horseradish, ginger, insert hysterical fibrous root joke here) can take a couple weeks.
via Thrillist

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August 8, 2006

Mako: Vodka With A Message

Mako VodkaIt seems like every Tom, Dick and Tito is taking a shot now that the gubmint has relaxed its iron grip on the opening of distilleries. There's nothing wrong with that and some of them make pretty damned good drinks (we're looking at you Tito). It is nice, however, to see a company that wants to do more than get you drunk and slide a little cash in their wallets.

We've just discovered Mako Vodka, a distillery that donates part of its profits to help the environment, specifically our waters. Plus, it starts at a $13.99 price point, so you don't have to worry about breaking the bank while you're getting tipsy - sounds pretty good for a triple-distilled, charcoal-filtered vodka. Read on to find out more, and go to MakoVodka.com to learn more about how you can feel the bite for yourself.

Our company is dedicated to the protection and preservation of our waters and all their wonders, so they can be enjoyed for many years to come. Wherever you find Mako Premium Vodka you will know we are helping conserve and restore the marine resources of that area; whether it’s the reefs of Florida, the waters of the eastern seaboard, or the wetlands of the Midwest. We have pledged to donate a percentage of our profits to individual organizations in each state where Mako Premium Vodka is available.

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July 28, 2006

Altius Vodka Review

Altius Vodka
Vodka Micro-Distilled from Grain Sugar in Colorado
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: About $30 for 750ml
Altius Website

Vodka TwistFor most people the great state of Colorado means one of two things - ski trips and John Denver. We've come to discover there are other high points in the state, and we're not talking about the Rocky Mountains. We got our hands on a bottle of Altius Vodka recently, an export from the Centennial State that aspires to distinguish itself from the vodka pack by using fresh Colorado spring water to try to capture the essence of the state's great outdoor heritage. If you've ever hiked in the Rock Mountains of CO you know what we mean...once you get up high enough the air smells cleaner, everything seems brighter and you get a little buzz of the lack of oxygen in your bloodstream.

But does Altius live up to its Rocky Mountain High aspirations? We believe it does so read on for our full tasting notes and decide for yourself.

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July 26, 2006

James Bond Martini Recipe

Let's face it...it'd be pretty damn cool to be James Bond. Jumping out of planes, wrestling with sharks, sexing up everyone with a heartbeat from Monaco to Antarctica. If you want to take a step in the direction we've dug up a recipe for a James Bond Martini. We can't guarantee the lifestyle but at least your breath will smell like James Bond's when you're sitting on the couch watching America's Top Model.

The James Bond Martini
From Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

Three ounces of Gordon’s Gin
One ounce vodka
Half a measure of Kina Lillet

Pour ingredients over ice. Shake it to chill and for texture.
Serve in a deep champagne goblet.

via World on a Plate

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July 24, 2006

Bong Vodka Cranks Up Artist Buzz

Bong Vodka Artist BottlesThis just in - we found out recently that the word "buzz" has other meanings than that pleasant feeling you get after you take your fourth or fifth drink. Apparently it can also relate to the "buzz" on the street, or what people are saying about something. We learn something every day...too bad it has absolutely nothing to do with the subject of this post.

Anyway, we just heard Bong Vodka, the Dutch booze we yelled at you about last September, is continuing its dedication to elevating art AND buzzes (the good kind) with a program called Spirit of the Brand. It gives artists a chance to get their names and work out there to be seen, and it gives you an opportunity to have your bong-shaped vodka decorated with some damn-cool art. Plus, they're looking for more artists, so if you have some art you think would look great on a bong...err, bottle...or other Bong Vodka paraphernalia this is your chance.

If you're impatient you can check out spiritofthebrand.com for more info, or you can chill out and read on for more details about the program below.

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Xellent Swiss Vodka, Plus Cheesecake

CheesecakeUsually, we just add pictures of semi-naked women to our pages willy nilly with no discernible reason. This time, we have a perfectly good reason. Turns out the lovely lady in the picture on the right (March 2006 Playboy Playmate Monica Leigh) will be appearing at a Playboy Golf event co-sponsored by Xellent Vodka. We've heard good things about Xellent and we always like an excuse for cheesecake so we thought we'd let you know.

If you're in the Chicago area on July 27 we recommend swinging by Level Chicago.

Read on for more about Xellent Vodka:

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