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Talking Ketel One Vodka and Nolet’s Gin with Carl Nolet, Jr.

Talking Ketel One Vodka and Nolet’s Gin with Carl Nolet, Jr.

Ketel One is an anagram? That’s just one of the things we learned while sitting down with Carl Nolet Jr. over Bloody Marys at last month’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Nolet Spirits, which produces Ketel One Vodka, traces its origins back to 1691: Carl represents the 11th generation of Nolets to…read more →

LEAF Organic Vodka Review

LEAF Organic Vodka Review

Organic. Non-GMO. I’ve long grown accustomed to seeing those words in the bread aisle. But at the liquor store? Not so much. Both words feature prominently on the bottling of LEAF Organic Vodka, a relatively new offering from the makers of Khortytsa Vodka. The brand currently sells two different varieties,…read more →

Absolut Releases New Flavored Vodka, Absolut Lime

Absolut Releases New Flavored Vodka, Absolut Lime

Today Absolut added a new flavor to its portfolio: Absolut Lime. The Pernod Ricard-owned company already sports the number one selling lemon- and orange-flavored vodkas in the U.S., so Absolut Lime feels like a natural extension. Nearly 30 years ago, Absolut introduced Absolut Citron, a key component to the Cosmopolitan…read more →

The Golden Medal Cocktail

The Golden Medal Cocktail

One week in, and the world’s best athletes are putting on a fine show at the Olympics, with swimmers, gymnasts and beach volleyball players reminding us why we’re here on the couch. Watching, cheering, drinking… And while much of our Olympic cocktailing has included caipirinhas and cachaça drinks, here’s the…read more →

Blue Lake Vodka Review

Blue Lake Vodka Review

Blue Lake Vodka comes from Humboldt Craft Spirits in California. The independently-owned craft distillery produces and bottles everything on site. In this case, everything consists of that vodka, plus a rye whiskey that’s currently resting in barrels and a gin that’s in development. So they’re not just a one trick…read more →

Vodka Made from San Francisco Fog

Vodka Made from San Francisco Fog

If this news came out at the beginning of April, we’d assume it were an April Fool’s joke. But this is very real. California distillery, Hangar 1, has just released a vodka called Fog Point that is distilled from actual fog. To create the stuff, Hangar 1 installed mesh fog…read more →

BET Vodka Review

BET Vodka Review

BĒT Vodka is a new spirit out of Minnesota that’s doing things differently. Rather than your typical vodka distillates like wheat, potatoes or corn, BĒT (pronounced “beet”) is crafting their new vodka from local sugar beets. Founded by a couple friends from the Twin Cities, the company is utilizing one…read more →

April Showers Bring May Cocktails

April Showers Bring May Cocktails

With April coming to a close and May right in front of us, we’re in full spring mode. That means that our hands naturally reach for more refreshing drinks, as days are longer, nights are warmer and the sun shines through the intermittent rain showers. It’s a good time to…read more →

Put Down that Screwdriver, Pick Up This Mandarin Cooler

Put Down that Screwdriver, Pick Up This Mandarin Cooler

Today concludes our week-long series on breakfast drinks, where we’ve been highlighting those cocktails that fortify our mornings with the gin, whiskey and resolve we need to keep going. We end with the Mandarin Cooler. Fact is, Screwdrivers just aren’t very good. They’re one-note and a rather disappointing means of…read more →

Start Your Day with the Siberian Summer

Start Your Day with the Siberian Summer

This continues our series on breakfast drinks, where we highlight those cocktails that fortify our mornings with the gin, whiskey and resolve we need to keep going. Next up: this vodka-spiked coffee concoction to start your day. The Knickerbocker is the only five-star hotel located in Times Square, and it’s…read more →

Private Club Vodka Review

Private Club Vodka Review

Private Club Vodka is a relatively new entrant to the crowded vodka market. It’s made from American corn, distilled four times and bottled in Rochester, NY–and that New York theme runs through the packaging, with a gold Empire State Building emblazoned on the white bottle. It comes from Empire Spirits…read more →

Humboldt Distillery Launches Cannabis Infused Vodka

Humboldt Distillery Launches Cannabis Infused Vodka

Humboldt Distillery–the small northern California brand behind a handful of spirits including organic vodka, spiced rum and brandy–has just released Humboldt’s Finest, a cannabis infused vodka. That’s right, cannabis. The small batch, 80-proof vodka is made with Oregon-grown hemp seed (otherwise known as cannabis sativa), but before you rush to…read more →

Smooth Kiss, a Valentine’s Day Cocktail

Smooth Kiss, a Valentine’s Day Cocktail

This Valentine’s Day cocktail comes from bartender John Lermayer. It begins with the 100% rye Sobieski Vodka, and from there it adds raspberry liqueur and a topping of shaved chocolate. So it certainly looks the part. And it’s got a whole egg, so there’s your protein. Mix one up at…read more →

Goral Vodka Review

Goral Vodka Review

Goral Vodka hails from Slovakia, making this our first brush with Slovakian vodka. To make the stuff, Master Distiller Ján Krak starts with Durum wheat and a seven column still. The vodka is blended with water from the underground springs of the Tatra Mountains and filtered seven times through zeolite,…read more →

Hudson Valley Distillers Vodka Review

Hudson Valley Distillers Vodka Review

Hudson Valley Distillers sits on Spirits Grove Farm in Clermont, NY. Opened in April 2014, it’s a recent addition to the Hudson Valley’s craft distilling scene, which includes Tuthilltown Spirits (the makers of Hudson Whiskeys), Hillrock Estate and a handful of others. The distillery’s current product lineup includes a bourbon,…read more →

Zodiac Vodka Launches in Texas, Makes a Couple Cocktails

Zodiac Vodka Launches in Texas, Makes a Couple Cocktails

There’s a new vodka in town. It’s called Zodiac, and it’s distilled from potatoes at the brand’s Rigby, Idaho distillery. It’s then blended with water from the Snake River Aquifer, which runs beneath the distillery, and it’s filtered through Canadian birch charcoal. All that creates a clean tasting and naturally…read more →

Drink Some Vodka, Save a Snow Leopard

Drink Some Vodka, Save a Snow Leopard

Earlier this week, the founder of Snow Leopard Vodka rolled through town with a couple bottles in tow and quite a story. Stephen Sparrow launched Snow Leopard Vodka in 2006, when a fortuitous break in employment, a background in spirits and a passion for conservation merged. After learning of the…read more →

Revisiting Absolut Vodka

Revisiting Absolut Vodka

With the spirit market booming and seemingly a new product hitting shelves each day, it’s difficult to keep everything straight. Bundle that with the move toward craft this and small batch that, and it’s easy to overlook some of the industry’s heavy hitters. So as a refresher, we like to revisit the big names…read more →

VDKA 6100 Review

VDKA 6100 Review

That’s not a typo. It’s really spelled VDKA, and it launched in early 2014. VDKA 6100 hails from New Zealand, and it has the unique distinction of being distilled from whey. You can distill vodka from most anything with fermentable sugar–some popular options being wheat, potatoes and even grapes–but whey…read more →