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Vodka Sling

Vodka Sling

Vodka Sling

December 15, 2016 – The Republic Steakhouse

Vodka Sling

3/4 to 1 oz. lemon juice
1 barspoon powdered sugar
2 oz. vodka
Soda
1/4 oz. cherry brandy
Stemmed cherry
Lemon wedge

Shake first three ingredients well with ice in a shaker. Strain into a collins glass with ice and fill with soda. Slowly top with cherry brandy and stir. Garnish with cherry and lemon wedge.

Enchanted Rock vodka, Cherry Heering. This drink tastes just like a cherry Sweet-Tart candy. It takes a lot to make vodka interesting, and this one doesn’t quite get there.

(l’chaim) לְחַיִּים!
“to life” (Hebrew)

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2017 in Vodka

 

Screwdriver

Screwdriver

Screwdriver

November 3, 2016 – The Republic Steakhouse

Screwdriver

2 oz. vodka
3 1/2 oz. orange juice

Stir well with ice in a collins glass.

Enchanted Rock vodka. The most classic of all the classic cocktails. It’s a fine drink, but for my tastes (which have changed wildly over the last two and a half years), this one is boring. The orange juice is nice and fresh and the vodka adds a little burn, but that’s about it.

Bonam sanitatem! (Latin)

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Vodka

 

Salty Dog

Salty Dog

Salty Dog

October 20, 2016 – The Republic Steakhouse

Salty Dog

2 oz. vodka
2 oz. grapefruit juice

Shake with ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with salt.

Enchanted Rock vodka. I do love grapefruit and salt. The vodka is just there, as is vodka’s wont. Bitter, salty, and just a little bit sweet. This would be a great summertime drink.

A la santat ! (Gascon)

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2017 in Vodka

 

Vesper

Vesper

Vesper

September 8, 2016 – The Republic Steakhouse

Vesper

“Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel.” – James Bond (Casino Royale)

I’m not sure why I decided to bring this one up, but I’m glad I did. Unfortunately, Gordon’s Gin was reformulated in 1992 and Kina Lillet was changed in 1986, so it is impossible to make the original Vesper as described by Mr. Bond. We used some substitutes to good effect.

For the gin we used standard Tanqueray, which has a third less alcohol than the Gordon’s but still has a good bite and the traditional punch of juniper. Incidentally, the reason the Vesper was ordered shaken instead of stirred was that the extra dilution and chilling from being shaken smoothed out the rougher, higher proof Gordon’s.

For the Kina Lillet, we used Cocchi Americano. Although Lillet is still around, the quinine in the Kina version was removed in the 1986 formula change. Cocchi Americano contains that important ingredient and is widely believed to be the closest to the original Kina Lillet.

Although in this instance Mr. Bond requests just “vodka”, there are many other references in other Bond stories to his preference for grain-based vodka (as opposed to the potato variety). So, we went with a good plain grain-based vodka, our own Texas-made Enchanted Rock.

How did it turn out? Delicious. Ice cold, bracing, a little bitter and a lot boozy. A really excellent cocktail. Thank you, Mr. Bond! (And you too, Mr. Flemming!)

Cheers! (English)

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2017 in Gin, Vodka

 

Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea

June 30, 2016 – The Republic Steakhouse

Long Island Iced Tea

1/2 lime
3/4 oz. orange juice
1/4 oz. triple sec
3/4 oz. white rum
3/4 oz. gin
3/4 oz. vodka
Cola

Squeeze lime into an ice-filled collins glass. Add liquors and juice. Stir well, then fill with cola.

Bacardi white rum, Bombay Sapphire gin, Enchanted Rock vodka. I got some eye rolls from the guys behind the bar, but work is work and the blog must go on. Obviously, this is a very boozy cocktail. I can see why it’s the go-to for getting smashed fast. All in all, it’s pretty tasty and does taste a bit like iced tea with lemon.

Ден соолугубуз үчүн! (Den soolugubuz üchün!) (Kyrgyz)

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2017 in Gin, Rum, Vodka

 

Greyhound

Greyhound

Greyhound

March 24, 2016 – The Republic Steakhouse

Greyhound

2 oz. vodka
Grapefruit juice

Pour vodka over ice cubes in a collins glass. Fill with grapefruit juice.

Enchanted Rock vodka. Perhaps because I was coming off of the previous drink too quickly; there’s not much taste to this one at all. I could barely taste the grapefruit, which might have benefited from a bit of simple syrup. The vodka, of course, contributed nothing but a mild alcohol bite. Meh.

K strowosći! (Sorbian)

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2016 in Vodka

 

Merry Widow No. 2

Merry Widow No. 2

Merry Widow No. 2

February 25, 2016 – The Republic Steakhouse

Merry Widow No. 2

3/4 oz. dry vermouth
3/4 oz. Dubonnet
3/4 oz. vodka
Dash orange bitters
Lemon peel

Stir well with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist lemon peel over glass and drop into drink.

Dolin dry vermouth, Enchanted Rock vodka. Tasty! Dubonnet wins again! This is a VERY different drink that the No. 1 version, with the light, fruity Dubonnet balanced perfectly against the slightly bitter, herbal vermouth. The vodka is there just for kick, as vodka does.

ለፍቅራችን (läfəqraččən) (Amharic)

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2016 in Dubonnet, Vodka