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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Red, white and likely new to you

If you are not sure how you feel about flavored vodka, summer is the time to experiment, before autumn's amber hues and drinks. I come from a place where vodka was indeed flavored at home, but since the big brand's introduction of Peppar and Limon etc. in the 1980's, the flavoring universe has exploded. One American producer, UV Vodka, of Minnesota, has a few flavored vodkas that have pulled increasing favor in the granger states and beyond this decade.

The UV drinks you may find yourself served at the barbeque after the Main Street parade this fourth include:
UV Blue Bombsicle
1 part UV Blue
3 parts lemonade
Serve over ice in a lowball glass.

UV Cherry Firecracker
1 part UV Cherry
2 parts cranberry juice
A squeeze of fresh lime
Shake with ice, strain into high ball glass with ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

UV Vodka Summer Celebration
1 part UV Vodka
1 part grapefruit juice
1 part cranberry juice
Shake with ice, strain into high ball glass with ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

There's not an enormously discernable difference between many vodkas for most palletes, and you may choose to err on the side of affordability on occasion; if so, UV remains a good choice at right around $10 for most 750 ml bottles.

Seagram's, Smirnoff, and Three Olives also offer cherry vodka.

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