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Rain Organics Vodka by Sazerac

rain organics vodka logo Rain Organics Vodka by SazeracHandcrafted & 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.

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rain organics vodka bottle pic Rain Organics Vodka by SazeracRain 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.

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Classic Martini Recipe

Ingredients

5 oz. Rain Organics Vodka
1 oz. Vermouth
1 Olive
Ice

Serving Instructions

In a shaker, add Rain Organics Vodka, vermouth and ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an olive.

Bloody Mary

Ingredients

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
Ice

Serving Instructions

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.

Rain Blossom

Ingredients

2 1/2 oz. Rain Organics Vodka
1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1 oz. Mint-Infused Simple Syrup, recipe follows
2 Mint Leaves
Lime Wheel

MINT-INFUSED SIMPLE SYRUP
1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Chopped Mint

Serving Instructions

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.

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The Three Wise Men Holiday Eggnog: Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Southern Comfort & Old Grandad Bourbon

three wise men egg nog pic 300x214 The Three Wise Men Holiday Eggnog: Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Southern Comfort & Old Grandad Bourbonby Tim Rodgers

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.

Ingredients:

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

Nutmeg

Cinnamon

Cinnamon sticks

Preperation:

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!

Happy Holidays!

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The General Tso Martini: Canton, Luksusawa Vodka and Grand Marnier

OrangeMartiniWeb 233x300 The General Tso Martini: Canton, Luksusawa Vodka and Grand MarnierA 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.”          

canton liqueur bottle 87x300 The General Tso Martini: Canton, Luksusawa Vodka and Grand MarnierGrand Marnier is an orange liqueur made from Cognac and hand picked Caribbean   oranges which are slowly aged in French Oak casks. 

The Recipe: 

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.

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The Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Martini

hendricks gin 300x192 The Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber MartiniA Must for Every Gin Drinker!

By Matt Goldstein 

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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!

Hendrick’s Recommends: 

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.

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Gin cucumber martini 380x285 300x225 The Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber MartiniWhiskey Goldmine Recommends:

2.5 parts gin

.2 parts

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.  

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The Red Russian Cocktail

Bloody Undie 300x195 The Red Russian CocktailBy Matt Rodgers

3/4 oz Vodka

3/4 oz Kaluha

Balance with milk in a rocks glass

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!

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