Handcrafted & Seven times Distilled: A Martini Review and other Recipes
By Howard & Matt Goldstein
The Rain Organics Vodka is an organic vodka handcrafted by white corn and distilled seven times. Made by the Sazerac company, one of the largest and most decorated distillers in the United States, known for their Sazerac Rye and Buffalo Trace bourbons. We would tell you more about this vodka but there’s not much we know. Made from white corn, it’s probably left over from the 20 bourbons they distill. Doesn’t sound good? You’re wrong. The Rain Organics is a very solid vodka.
Rain Organics Vodka Tasting Notes:
Flavors of grain with good bite and warmth. Rain is crisp, clean with slight hints of vanilla and an overall good vodka flavor. A long aftertaste, slightly oily and blends with vermouth very well. Below are some Rain Organics vodka recipes.
Classic Martini Recipe
5 oz. Rain Organics Vodka
1 oz. Vermouth
In a shaker, add Rain Organics Vodka, vermouth and ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an olive.
1 oz. Rain Organics Vodka
3 oz. Tomato Juice
Juice of One Lemon
7 drops Worcestershire Sauce
2 drops Tabasco Sauce
1 pinch Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 pinch Celery Salt
Celery Stick and/or Lemon Wedge
In a shaker, add Rain Organics Vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco Sauce, black pepper and celery salt. Shake and pour in a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a celery stick, lemon wedge or both.
2 1/2 oz. Rain Organics Vodka
1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1 oz. Mint-Infused Simple Syrup, recipe follows
2 Mint Leaves
MINT-INFUSED SIMPLE SYRUP
1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Chopped Mint
Mint-Infused Simple Syrup: Combine water, sugar and chopped mint into a saucepan and bring to a boil for one minute. Remove from heat and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain out mint using a cheesecloth or an extra-fine strainer.
In a shaker, add Rain Organics Vodka, lime juice and mint-infused simple syrup. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with mint leaves and a lime wheel.
The holidays are a time to bust out that bad sweater that’s been providing sustenance to the moths in your closet for the 11 months. You know the one, the one that you think you look good in, but has been outdated since 1994.
But also, it’s the time to gather with friends and family and eat all of those small little appetizers after a hard, cold December week at work. When I think of eggnog, all that comes to mind is Clark W. Griswold, chugging his eggnog out of a crystal reindeer mug at the notion that cousin Eddie is going to stay for the whole month.
Believe me, the holidays can be stressful with the shopping, the gatherings, the end of the year closing of the books etc. Therefore, WhiskeyGoldmine had concocted the perfect holiday beverage to ease the pain of your holiday blues… By the way it is also delicious.
4 egg yolks
1 (5 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups milk
4 egg whites
1/2 cup Captain Morgan spiced rum
1/4 cup Southern Comfort
1 ounce of Old Grandad Bourbon
1 quart of Haegen Daaz Vanilla Ice Cream softened
In a large pot, beat the egg yolks until thickened and somewhat light. Slowly add the milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and condensed milk. Separately beat the egg whites until they are stiffened then add them to your mixture. Next add the ice cream and nutmeg and cinnamon to taste. Beat until well mixed and then serve.
Serve with a cinnamon stick garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and if you got those Griswold Reindeer mugs… you are good to go my friends!
A Potato Vodka Complimented with Grand Marnier and Domain de Canton
Created by Zach Stamler, written by Matt Goldstein
Inspired by an open bar in Old City Philadelphia’s premiere martini bar, the Continental, a somewhat lit Zach had the itch to start experimenting and created a work of art. This work of genius started with Luksusawa Potato Vodka, Grand Marnier and Canton liqueur’s to compliment. Domaine de Canton is a small batch liqueur made with the finest eaux de vie in France, XO and VSOP Grand Champagne Cognacs only. With ginger root from Indo China, the Canton is then hand made with all natural ingredients; Tahitian vanilla beans, Provencal honey, and Tunisian ginseng.
According to their web site, “Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur was inspired by the French tradition in which sweet and fresh elixirs were fortified by fine eaux de vie and Cognac. Named for the ginger estate of Domain de Canton, this aromatic elixir first became popular with the French during colonial Indochina.”
Grand Marnier is an orange liqueur made from Cognac and hand picked Caribbean oranges which are slowly aged in French Oak casks.
1.5 parts Luksusawa Vodka
.5 parts Grand Marnier Liqueur
.5 Parts Domain de Canton liqueur
1 orange slice soaked in bitters
Put the orange peel in the bitters and drop into a chilled martini glass. Add the vodka, Canton and Grand Marnier into the iced filled shaker and shake hard for 8-10 seconds.
Pour the shaker over the orange peel and serve…
The Grand Marnier can be substituted with Cointreau and the Luksusawa can be substituted with a potato vodka such as Glacier, Chopin or Boyd & Blair.
One might not think that adding a cucumber to a martini is the most enticing; however, when it comes to Hendrick’s Gin, the cucumber gin martini is a masterpiece. Hendrick’s is a small batch gin from Scotland infused with cucumber and rose petals. When drinking the cucumber gin martini, the flavor if the infused cucumber comes through with an excellent balance. The cucumber is a little more than subtle but not overbearing in anyway. For any gin drinker, it’s a must!
2.5 parts gin
.5 parts dry vermouth
1 cucumber slice
Stir in a mixing glass and strain in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cucumber.
Whiskey Goldmine Recommends:
2.5 parts gin
2 thin cucumber slices
Pour a touch of vermouth into a martini glass, swirl around the glass and pour it out. Pour the Hendrick’s gin into an ice filled shaker and shake hard for 10 seconds. Pour the gin into the martini glass and drop the cucumber slices right in the gin.
Drizzle Grenadine around the inside of the glass so the grenadine slowly runs the sides and then a few drops in the middle.
The story behind the drink: I was told I needed to create an original drink recipe for bartending school. My wife Joy’s favorite drink is the white russian. So I just used that and drizzled grenadine on top and called it a Red Russian. Genius!