Oh, Mixology Monday! How I’ve missed thee! I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed Mixology Monday until July came and went without it, due to the busy schedules of those attending Tales of the Cocktail 2009. No mind, however, everyone had other projects going on and worked out fine. I am glad, though, to be once again caught up in the last minute scramble for cocktail creations with this month’s theme, Vodka Is Your Friend, hosted over at Felicia’s Speakeasy.
The theme of August 10th’s Mixology Monday is “Vodka is Your Friend.” The recent high profile bashings of vodka interspersed with a few weak “yeah, buts…” left me wondering, is vodka the axis of evil, our most dangerous enemy? While it may not be the life of the party, expertsagree: Vodka’s obituary does not have to be written just yet.
So, into our foray of Vodka. I have often thought of Vodka as one of the most useless spirits…right along with Everclear or Diesel Fuel. It is supposed to have no taste, no color. In the past 20 years or so, it seems to have taken over the market. My favorite and only liquor store nearby has almost one half of it’s display wall, along with several smaller shelves, dedicated to vodka. Sometimes I am a little miffed if I can’t find my favorite tequila or gin (the other white spirit). Nevertheless, until recently, I didn’t pay much notice to vodka until a trip to the beach where vodka became a well-welcomed friend during the morning morning afters via the delicious, always welcomed Bloody Mary.
Arriving home from vacation I find no other than a bottle of Karlsson’s Gold Vodka sitting on my doorstep. Score! So while tasting this spirit for review, I decided to make up a drink which has become a new classic–the vodka martini–with an interesting twist . Meet the Peppertini.
3 oz Karlsson’s Gold Vodka
1 oz Martini and Rossi Dry Vermouth
Stir with ice until very, very cold
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with three onion-stuffed olives & three twists of fresh black pepper
The drink is very delicious. The complexity of the Karlsson’s Vodka with it’s earthy, full flavor lends itself well to this drink. More on Karlsson’s Gold in an upcoming product review. Cheers!