Category: Vodka

Ask the Professor: Allergic to Yeast and Corn

Jacqui M. writes in to ask: I have recently developed a severe allergy to corn and yeast. Can you imagine how difficult it is to find something to drink for a cocktail? Help would be greatly appreciated. I love vodka. Can you recommend a brand that would be safe for me? I'm not qualified to give medical advice … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Caramel Apple Cosmo

Caramel Apple Cosmo 1 1/2 oz Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka1/2 oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka1/2 oz Licor 431/2 oz Lime Juice1/2 oz Cranberry Juice Shake with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. A lot of cocktail people look down their noses at vodka, especially flavored vodka. I don't get it myself. … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Red Berry Delicious

Red Berry Delicious 1 1/2 oz Raspberry Vodka1/2 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur1/2 oz Licor 433 Large Srawberries1 oz Lemon Juice1/2 oz Demerara Sugar Syrup In a mixing glass, muddle the strawberries with the lemon juice and sugar syrup. Add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (If you … Read more

Vodka Review: Platinum 7X Vodka

Platinum 7X VodkaAmerican VodkaFinal Grade: B+Price: $10 (750ml) I don't write about vodka very often, a reflection of the fact that I don't drink it nearly as often as I used to. I still like vodka — I just don't find it as interesting as other spirits. But there's no denying its flexibility and effectiveness. … Read more

The “Mad Men” and Their Cocktails: A Guide

Mad Men, the acclaimed AMC drama that recreates the smoky world of a 1960s Manhattan ad agency, returns on Sunday after a hiatus of nearly a year and a half. It's a great show: rich and textured, with sharp writing and strong acting. Plus, they drink a lot! In case you're thinking about throwing a … Read more

Recipe: The Death Rattle – a cocktail memorializing the Blackberry smartphone

My brother sent me a link last night to a story on CNN.com about the troubles that RIM is having in North America with their Blackberry service. His comment wondered if this would be the end of the Blackberry, something that has been looming on the horizon for a while now. Naturally, this inspired me … Read more

Worlds Collide: James Bond and the Vesper Martini

Perhaps no one in thriller literature, or literature in general, is as associated with the Martini as James Bond. With just three short words he launched countless thousands of Martini drinkers off into the arms of Bacchus: "shaken, not stirred." I won't go into why this is the wrong way to prepare a Martini — … Read more

Vodka Review: Sobieski Vodka

SobieskiPolish VodkaFinal Grade: A-Price: $11 (750ml) Reviewing vodka can be a challenging task. How does one praise a vodka? "This tastes even less than the last one I tried!" But while vodka is often described as being tasteless, odorless, colorless, etc. — rather like the perfect poison gas, now that I think about it — … Read more