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Rain Organics Cucumber Lime Vodka Cocktails!

Rain Organics Cucumber Lime 167x300 Rain Organics Cucumber Lime Vodka Cocktails!Spring is in the air, and with that, comes refreshing drink suggestions from Rain Organics Vodka featuring its leading flavor combination Cucumber Lime.  Over the past year, Rain Organic’s Cucumber Lime vodka has experienced double digit growth and has developed a raving fan base among consumers and restaurants alike. “The flavored vodka category is up as a whole 19.7% on a 52 week basis, according to Nielsen data reports, and our Cucumber Lime is up more than that for the same period,” said Tracey Clapp, vodka brand manager. “It’s evident consumers are interested in trying new and unique taste combinations.  Our Rain Organics Cucumber Lime Vodka offers exactly that type of discovery experience by delivering the delicious flavors of just-picked cucumbers with fresh squeezed limes.  We are pleased to share these elegant and talk-worthy cocktails for you and your guests to enjoy this season.”

 

Spring Rain (Photo attached)

1 ¼ oz. Rain Organics Cucumber Lime Vodka

2 oz. Jumex® Strawberry Nectar (available at your grocery store)

Splash of simple syrup

Squeeze of lime juice

Combine and finish with a splash of lemon-lime soda. Serve in a Collins glass with a lime wheel and a sprig of mint.

 

Rain Summertime Refresher

1.5 oz. Rain Organics Cucumber Lime Vodka

Dash of fennel simple syrup (see below)

Club Soda

Place a cucumber slice at the bottom of a Collins glass and fill with ice. Add the Rain Organics Cucumber Lime Vodka, a dash of fennel simple syrup and finish with club soda.  Stir gently.

Garnish with a lime wedge and fresh fennel sprigs.

To make fennel simple syrup:  

Boil equal parts sugar to water and then simmer with fennel leaves.  

For Bloody Mary enthusiasts, Rain Cucumber Lime adds certain brightness to an old favorite and a fun, unexpected culinary twist.

The Cucumber Lime Vodka from Rain is part of the Rain Organics family, including Honey Mango Melon and unflavored original. All of the vodkas are seven-times distilled, USDA certified organic and are packaged in a beautiful glass bottle with an enticing splash of color as the stopper.

 

About Rain Organics Vodka

Rain Organics Vodka is hand-made in small batches using white organic corn and is distilled seven times for exceptional taste and smoothness.  The incredible quality comes from a delicate 20 day production process that includes cold-water, sweet mash fermentation, seven distinct distillations and a polishing stage that adds pure limestone filtered water. Rain Organics vodka is crafted exclusively at Buffalo Trace Distillery, three-time winner of Malt Advocate Magazine’s “Distillery of the Year” award. Rain Organics is marketed by the Sazerac Co., Inc, one of the leading international suppliers, importers and distributors of distilled spirits.

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Our Best Buy Vodka: Gold Medal Winning Platinum Vodka

Platinum Vodka by Sazerac 111x300 Our Best Buy Vodka: Gold Medal Winning Platinum VodkaSeven Times Distilled for $10

By Team Goldmine

Let us just start this off by making a simple statement: one person drinking five martinis is a serious mistake, let alone 2 people drinking 10 martinis in cahoots.  We strongly advise against this many martinis.  Now that that’s out of the way, let’s discuss the gold medal winning Platinum Vodka from Buffalo Trace.  Seven times distilled and for only $10, this smooth, grainy and flavorful vodka is a flat out stud!   Made from corn and limestone water, Buffalo Trace & Sazerac must be applauded for selling this beautiful spirit for merely $10.  We sipped Platinum along side of the premium French vodka Quay, which is about $30.  Quay was slightly smoother but Quay was also a bit boring, flavorless, and a bit like drinking water.  Where’s the party in drinking water?  If your preference is flavor depth and a small bite than Platinum Vodka is where it’s at.   Don’t believe us?  The San Francisco World Spirits Competition awarded Platinum 7X a Gold Medal in its vodka category and The Beverage Testing Institute rated it “Best Buy” and “Highly Recommended.”  For the price range, Platinum Vodka comes with Whiskey Goldmine’s highest recommendation and sips a perfect straight martini.

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WAVE Vodka Adds Two New Flavors: Lemon Lime & Baja Vodkas

Wave Vodka Logo 300x116 WAVE Vodka Adds Two New Flavors: Lemon Lime & Baja VodkasNew Orleans, LA. – WAVE Vodka launches two new exciting additions to its array of flavored vodkas: WAVE Baja and WAVE Lemon Lime. The brand currently offers other popular flavors such as whipped cream, pink lemonade, cherry, blue raspberry and grape, and is also available as unflavored original.  The Sazerac brand team continues to show its commitment to being a leader and innovator in the flavored vodka market with the introduction of these two new bold flavors. From the exotic tropical fruit blend of Baja, to the tangy citrus taste of Lemon Lime, WAVE Vodka continues to push the envelope with unrepentant flavors that are also a feast for the eye.

“Both consumers and bartenders look for new flavors, and we believe these two new additions will not only deliver on taste, but also lend themselves to some exceptionally creative and delicious drink recipes,” states Tracey Clapp, brand manager for WAVE Vodka.

The new WAVE flavors will be supported by trade advertising and at retail with branded shippers, case cards and sell sheets. On premise accounts can find a variety of recipes for WAVE cocktails at www.wavevodka.com.

WAVE is available in the following sizes: 1.75L, 1L, 750 ml, and 50 ml. Suggested retail pricing is $8.99 for a 750ml bottle.

About WAVE Vodka

WAVE Vodka is produced and bottled by the Sazerac Company. Sazerac is one of New Orleans’ oldest family owned, privately held companies and has operations in New Orleans, Louisiana; Frankfort, Bardstown, Louisville and Owensboro, Kentucky; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Carson, California; Baltimore, Maryland; and Montreal Canada.

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The Crystal Head Vodka Shot Glasses, a Must for any Bar

Crystal Head Shot Glasses 300x136 The Crystal Head Vodka Shot Glasses, a Must for any BarBy Matt Goldstein

We’ve all heard the hype around Dan Akroyd’s pricey premium Crystal Head Vodka and quite frankly, the Whiskey Goldmine has played a major roll in this hype.  First, winning our double blind taste test against 6 other vodkas and then independently reviewing Crystal Head as one of the best vodkas in the world.  The steep price tag of $50 per bottle is a bit hard to swallow as there are great vodkas for merely $15, but the Crystal Head definitely performs with the best and deserves all the praise.  Now, Crystal Head Vodka has released shot glasses resembling the unique crystal skull vodka.

2 OZ Each, Approximately 1.5 Inches In Height, these mini skull shot glasses are great for doing shots or sipping any spirit neat.  We love them for vodka and whiskey alike and they look hella cool next to a Crystal Head Vodka Bottle.  We would post a link here but you’re just gonna have to google it on your own.  Do some work for once and stop being so gosh darn lazy.

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Skyy 90 Vodka is No Pie in the Vodka Sky!

Skyy 90 Vodka 115x300 Skyy 90 Vodka is No Pie in the Vodka Sky!100% Distilled

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

According to Skyy Vodka, the Skyy 90 is the world’s first 100% distillate vodka, it’s also bottles at 90 proof as opposed to regular Skyy Vodka which is 80 proof.  Skyy vodka designed this vodka to “deliver exceptional purity.”  It might distilled and pure, but it’s just not that good.  Charcoal filtered and made with amber winter wheat, the Skyy 90 is designed to deliver the a “more luxurious martini.”  The world’s most advanced distillery is still missing the mark on a martini vodka.  We taste all of our martini’s with the in and out style so there is as little vermouth as possible and the Skyy Vodka martini just seems a bit average.  A bit smooth and lacking bite with character, there seems to be a lack of flavor.  Perhaps the vodka is overly distilled and the impurities in vodka are necessary to be there in minimal amounts.  Either way, the $25 million research and development that went into this vodka was a complete waste.  After all, even if it is good, or better than average, which it’s not, the money, research and perfect distillation are creating nothing exceptional in Skyy 90 vodka.

 

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Award Winning Platinum 7X Vodka Launches New Look

Platinum Vodka Award Winning Platinum 7X Vodka Launches New LookNew Orleans, LA. – Platinum 7X has raised the bar on what it means to be an ultra-smooth vodka. Distilled seven times, Platinum 7X Vodka makes a bold impression, delivering purity, smoothness, and an attractive price point. The Sazerac team has crafted something truly exceptional, unveiling a stylish, contemporary new look for this fast-growing brand that clearly reflects the super-premium experience of the spirits inside.

The experts agree: The San Francisco World Spirits Competition awarded Platinum 7X a Gold Medal in its vodka category and The Beverage Testing Institute rated it “Best Buy” and “Highly Recommended.” “The Platinum 7X brand hits on all cylinders – great taste, great packaging, and a great price – providing an overall experience that easily rivals that of more expensive brands,” states Tracey Clapp, brand manager for Platinum 7X Vodka. “As a proven seller, Platinum 7X demonstrates what discerning vodka consumers already know – that a great vodka doesn’t have to come at a super-premium or luxury price.”

The brand will be supported by trade advertising and at retail with branded shippers, case cards and sell sheets. On premise accounts can find a variety of recipes for Platinum 7X cocktails at

“With national sales growing by double digits, Platinum 7X has a sleek, stylish look and a clean, crisp taste that puts the brand in a great position for continued future growth,” adds Clapp. Proudly American-made from high-quality grain, Platinum 7X is a remarkable vodka that delivers a memorable drinking experience every time.

Platinum 7X Vodka is 80 proof and is available in the following sizes: 1.75L, 1L, 750ML, 375ML, 200ML, 100ML and 50ML. Suggested retail pricing for 750ML is $12.99.

About Platinum 7X Vodka
Platinum 7X Vodka is produced and bottled by Sazerac Company. Sazerac is one of New Orleans’ oldest family owned, privately held companies and has operations in New Orleans, Louisiana; Frankfort, Bardstown, Louisville and Owensboro, Kentucky; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Carson, California; Baltimore, Maryland and Montreal, Canada.

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Breaking Down the Hype Machine: Is Crystal Head Vodka the Best Vodka in the World?

Crystal Head Vodka1 logo 199x300 Breaking Down the Hype Machine: Is Crystal Head Vodka the Best Vodka in the World? Crystal Head: The Planet’s Hottest Premium Vodka

By Matt Goldstein

Dan Akroyd’s premium vodka out of Canada, Crystal Head Vodka, has a full on hype machine driving its pricey bottles right off the shelves.  Winning a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and our very own double blind taste test against the likes of Belvedere, Grey Goose and Tito’s vodka, there is no doubt that Crystal Head Vodka has performed very well against the best vodka’s in the world, but is Crystal Head the best vodka in the world?

The theme of Crystal Head Vodka is based on the legend has it that 13 crystal heads have been found in regions around the world, from the American southwest to Tibet and they’re dated between 5,000 and 35,000 years old.  These Crystal Heads were supposedly polished into shape from solid quartz chunks over a period of several hundred years.  Whether the legend intrigues you or not, the clear glass skull vodka bottle is certainly eye catching and definitely the most unique vodka bottle on the shelf, if not the entire liquor store and this bottle fuels the hype and dynamic sales.

crystal head vodka glacier water Breaking Down the Hype Machine: Is Crystal Head Vodka the Best Vodka in the World? Made with glacier water from Newfoundland Canada, quadruple distilled and filtered through Herkimer diamonds, Crystal Head is a grain based vodka with zero additives.  We’re not sure where the genius is in how they make the vodka, but it’s certainly in there.  Most people are looking for a smooth vodka, and that’s perfectly fine.  We on the other hand are looking for a complex vodka and a little bite.  Crystal Head Vodka has all of those elements in one.  We tasted Crystal Head Vodka straight out of the bottle and poured it in the glass, neat and at room temperature, and then we tried the Crystal Head with and In and Out Martini with as little vermouth as possible so we could taste the vodka.

Tasting Notes of the Crystal Head Vodka :

This is an excellent vodka with a complex and smooth style.  With hints of vanilla, citrus and grain this  perfect vodka has just enough bite to let you know it’s there and it works perfectly with the vermouth in  martini.

Dan Akroyd Crystal Head Vodka Breaking Down the Hype Machine: Is Crystal Head Vodka the Best Vodka in the World? Is Crystal Head the world’s best vodka?  It is very difficult to say that any vodka or anything for that matter is best in the world, but without question, Crystal Head must certainly be considered one of the best vodka’s in the world period.  Winning the double gold medal at the world most prestigious spirit competition and crushing the competition in our own double blind taste test, Crystal Head certainly performs exceptionally well time after time.  With the Crystal Head comes a steep price tag at about $50, which is expensive for a vodka considering you can get a solid vodka for around $15.  For example, Tanqueray Sterling vodka finished #2 in our vodka trials and the retail price is $14.  Now, Crystal Head is certainly better than Tanqueray Sterling, but is it more than 3 times better as the price indicates?  That is uncertain.  All in all, looking past the hype, gimmick and excellent marketing, Crystal Head Vodka comes with our highest recommendation.

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Siku Glacier Ice Vodka a Solid Martini

siku glacier ice vodka Siku Glacier Ice Vodka a Solid MartiniMade from Pure Glacier Ice from Greenland

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

The Siku Glacier Ice Vodka is made from pure glacier ice from the 60,000 year old Qalerallit Sermia Glacier in Greenland.  The ice from the glacier never even becomes water but actually is made straight into the vodka, a characteristic completely unique to Siku.  Five times distilled and imported from the Netherlands, Siku is a small batch grain vodka.  Meaning ice in Greenlandic, the Siku vodka makes a solid martini for experienced vodka drinkers.  With a grainy and complex taste, Siku is a very flavorful vodka.  Full bodied, full flavored, sharp and crisp but smoother as you sip, the Siku works very well with the vermouth and olives, complimenting each other.  At times, the Siku vodka can be a bit too sharp for the amateur drinker, but it’s a solid vodka for the experienced and those looking for real vodka flavor.  As always, we taste the vodka with an in and out style of martini, using the least amount of vermouth as possible.

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L’Chaim: A Kosher Vodka from Israel!

LChaim Kosher Vodka from Israel L’Chaim: A Kosher Vodka from Israel!Triple Distilled in Small Batches: L’Chaim to Life!

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

When a friend of ours invited us over for a New Years Day feast of the traditional Dutch Pork and Sauerkraut, we thought it would be funny to bring over a kosher vodka from Israel to pair it with and it was a hit.  The L’Chaim Kosher Vodka from Israel is a process and recipe is based on a formula handed down through several generations of European and Russian Jews.  L’chaim sources its own spring water shunning any filtering and de-mineralization treatments.  Many vodka’s go out of their way to brag about their pure water and filtration processes and proclaim how much better it makes the vodka, however, we are not so sure.  L’Chaim Vodka is triple distilled in Or Akiva on Israel’s coastal plain.  A small batch vodka, L’Chaim is a solid buy for about $22 if you can find it on sale.

L’Chaim Vodka Tasting Notes:

Smooth, spicy and flavorful with a good enough bite and a little complexity.  We tried L’Chaim Vodka straight, on the rocks and in an orange martini style cocktail and enjoyed all three.  Basically, we just squeezed a couple of very small oranges into the vodka put what was left of the oranges in the very.  Very simple to make and very good, not too much sugar or syrups or anything else needed.  This is a solid vodka.

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LChaim Kosher Vodka Poster L’Chaim: A Kosher Vodka from Israel!From L’Chaim Vodka:

L’CHAIM is a message of unity and inclusiveness, The theme TO LIFE is a compelling concept. L’Chaim brings together all people from everywhere regardless of social, political, cultural, economic or religious backgrounds. Enjoy L’CHAIM branded products and celebrate life. L’CHAIM!

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Vodka’s To Avoid: New Amsterdam Vodka & Smirnoff Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka

New Amsterdam Vodka Bottle 218x300 Vodka’s To Avoid: New Amsterdam Vodka & Smirnoff Whipped Cream Flavored VodkaBelow Average Vodkas for their Price Range

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

These aren’t the most expensive vodkas but its all relative, no?  The New Amsterdam Vodka for about $14 is just way below average, even for the low price.  There are much better vodka’s in this price range such as Tangueray Sterling Vodka, 42 Below Vodka, Koenig Idaho Potato Vodka, Pinnacle Vodka, Rokk Vodka, and Svedka Vodka to name a few.  New Amsterdam is harsh, flavorless and just plain bad.  Not every vodka has to be smooth but New Amsterdam Vodka just doesn’t make the cut.  Distilled five times, New Amsterdam Vodka is “so smooth you can drink it straight” according to the company.  We drank New Amsterdam straight just like we do all our vodkas, but we wouldn’t even waste our money on this vodka for a mixer.  There are better vodkas for this price.  New Amsterdam Vodka is a mixer only vodka.

The new flavored vodka craze is taking over the shelves in your local liquor store in case you haven’t noticed.  About 10 different vodkas have about 10 different flavors available from Whipped Cream to Birthday cake to grape, lemon, raspberry and a million different kind of flavor combinations that can be imagined.  It’s a bit annoying because we’d prefer straight vodka or a straight martini but hey, the people want what they want.  And greedy evil liquor corporations have an obligation to make money of the peoples flavored vodka needs.  We recently tried the Whipped Cream Flavored vodka from Smirnoff and it wasn’t too bad, but it just didn’t taste like whipped cream.  The Smirnoff Whipped Cream tasted more like vanilla actually.  We made some great cocktails though, such as the Orange Creamsicle, just mix 1 part vodka with 3.5 parts orange soda.  Also, we made a vanilla cola cocktail and the mix is the same, 1 part vodka and 3.5 parts cola.  Smirnoff Whipped Cream isn’t bad, just don’t expect a whipped cream flavor.

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