Maybe you don’t like vodka. Maybe you were subjected to Popov one too many times in college, or maybe you’r palate’s been a bit spoiled by the bourbon and craft beer booms. But a huge global population absolutely loves the stuff. Like, millions upon millions of people knocking back millions upon millions of bottles, cocktails, […]
There are many things we do know about Smirnoff, maybe because it’s everywhere (that kind of happens when you’re the best selling vodka brand in the world). But as is probably the case with vodka generally, we don’t know everything there is to know about Smirnoff. Mostly we just know how to drink it. But […]
If you haven’t heard, June 19 is World Martini Day. Okay, sure, pretty much everything has its own day now, but I’d like to think that the Martini is something we can all get behind. Since it’s also Father’s Day, we can double-celebrate with a round or two of the world’s most iconic cocktail.
Lower rung vodka generally gets a knee-jerk bad rap. This is the stuff we mix with Red Bull or orange juice (and, historically, mix up with an actual screwdriver). Whatever the claims higher shelf vodka has to offer, the lower rung stuff tends to be unapologetically harsh, as one-note and brashly aromatic as rubbing alcohol.
Those sweet, languorous weekend days when our friends’ blissfully oblivious parents would leave us alone in their hard-earned suburban compounds. Long Saturday afternoons with nothing to do, no awkward parental meddling, and incredibly easy access to a well-stocked liquor cabinet. Being 16 (or 14), or whatever your liquor cabinet cherry-popping age was, you probably didn’t […]
It’s hard to know a ton about vodka, though even if you don’t we’re pretty sure you’ve heard of Grey Goose. The stuff is clear. The stuff is odorless. The stuff is (technically) flavorless.
The best Vodka is supposed to have no flavor at all. Simply a clean, crisp taste that is basically close to water. It’s what makes vodka a near-perfect shooting liquor. But that hasn’t stopped countless vodka producers from adding flavor to the beverage in order to make it even more enticing for shots, and sometimes […]
It’s easy to assume you know enough about vodka. The spirit is fairly straightforward: colorless, lower in flavor (if not always quite flavorless), high-test and mixer-friendly. Except that’s like vodka 101. That’s freshman year college vodka (so to speak), and if we’re interested in our distilled beverages, it’s time we get to grad school level.
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, let’s say variation is the highest form of fandom. And maybe it’s fair enough that both gin and vodka have gotten minor makeovers. Pillars of the spirits industry, gin and vodka tend to be politely misunderstood or politely taken for granted (and yes, gin aficionados, we excuse […]