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Move Over Fruit, Meat-Flavored Vodkas Moving In
New York Times ^ | June 29, 2010

Posted on 06/29/2010 11:12:50 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Prepare your palate for carnivorous cocktails.

The Alaska Distillery in Wasilla just recently launched its Smoked Salmon Flavored Vodka, about a year after the Seattle-based Black Rock Spirits introduced a bacon-flavored vodka.

Both savory spirits were intended to complement Bloody Marys, but are finding wider uses among mixologists.

''I think there was some madness and some drunkenness involved, honestly,'' said Toby Foster, an Alaska Distillery partner and the one charged with coming up with new flavors with Alaska themes.

Foster's intent was to market a local vodka which would stand out among the numerous other bottles on the liquor store shelves.

''I was trying to think of something Alaskan. What's more Alaskan than smoked salmon? It was one of those epiphanies, I suppose,'' he said.

The idea turned out to be the easy part. Finding the right formula was a little more challenging.

Foster and Scotti MacDonald, another partner, said the current formula took 48 tries, and some of the first 47 attempts were downright disgusting.

''Definitely the first few times we had our heave bucket close by,'' MacDonald said. ''It was pretty bad, and you know, greasy.''

''But once we got it down and honed in on where the real secret was in making this, it was fun and games after that,'' she said.

Vodka is the highest selling spirits category in the country, and in the last five or six years, flavored vodkas have been taking off, said Danielle Eddy, spokeswoman for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

Fruit flavors were first, followed by vegetables and herbs -- even a Russian garlic vodka.

''In the past few months, Bakon Vodka came out on the market. However, smoked salmon vodka is the most unique that we've heard of,'' Eddy said by cell phone from Scotland, where she

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TOPICS: Conspiracy; Food; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: alcohol; meat; vodka

1 posted on 06/29/2010 11:12:55 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Won’t see any of my business. I’ll stick with clean, fresh “Tino’s”!


2 posted on 06/29/2010 11:14:15 AM PDT by albie
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To: nickcarraway

Great, mix the smoked salmon vodka with cream cheese for a really novel cocktail.


3 posted on 06/29/2010 11:15:17 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: nickcarraway

Disgusting.


4 posted on 06/29/2010 11:16:22 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2543737/posts


5 posted on 06/29/2010 11:17:43 AM PDT by magellan
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To: nickcarraway

I really like bacon, but bacon flavored booze just doesn’t have the same attraction.

Homer would be happy though


6 posted on 06/29/2010 11:19:50 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: nickcarraway

garlic vodka?

oh joy.


7 posted on 06/29/2010 11:24:21 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: magellan; nickcarraway

8 posted on 06/29/2010 11:29:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: driftdiver
"I really like bacon, but bacon flavored booze just doesn’t have the same attraction."

Every Thanksgiving, there's a soda company that makes a gravy-flavored soft drink. It actually tastes worse than it sounds.

9 posted on 06/29/2010 11:30:18 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: Psycho_Bunny; nickcarraway

10 posted on 06/29/2010 11:31:21 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: albie
Won’t see any of my business. I’ll stick with clean, fresh “Tino’s”!

I think you mean Tito's? I've found that the best bang for my buck has been Seagrams. It's not top shelf, but it's very good for the price, and 5x distilled.

11 posted on 06/29/2010 11:31:21 AM PDT by Dubya-M-Dees (Little HOPE... No CHANGE)
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To: nickcarraway
I Tivoed this by accident and it was awesome. Food Network -- "Unwrapped" -- Bacon:

Set your skillet to sizzle because today we're frying up a bacon bonanza! First up, it's a sweet and salty combo - bacon ice cream - compliments of Delaware's "Woodside Farm Creamery". Then, Lowrey's Pork Rinds pop up inside your microwave! And, ham it up in Seattle at Archie McPhee's bacon boutique! Plus, gourmet pork on your doorstep every month of the year with The Bacon of the Month Club! And what about using crispy bacon on your cupcakes? Tee & Cakes Cupcakes in Boulder, Colorado does! And Big Fat Bacon makes a mouth-watering state fair treat - Bacon on a Stick. We're bringing home the bacon with these and more savory stories on Unwrapped.

12 posted on 06/29/2010 11:32:14 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: OldDeckHand
It actually tastes worse than it sounds.

Is that possible? ;)

13 posted on 06/29/2010 11:33:45 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: nickcarraway

Waiting for Jerky Gin.


14 posted on 06/29/2010 11:36:29 AM PDT by 353FMG (ISLAM - America's inevitable road to destruction.)
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To: Dubya-M-Dees

“I think you mean Tito’s?”

...you’re right. My neighbors name is Tino and I get the confused. Also, my favorite artist is Tito Jackson. ~sarc


15 posted on 06/29/2010 11:41:05 AM PDT by albie
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To: nickcarraway

I always thought the best trait of a good Vodka was the absence of taste. Along the lines of Grey Goose, Absolut and even some of the bottom shelf stuff like Kamchatka. A crisp clean taste with no follow on funk.

Wonder if you would have bacon breath after a bacon Martini?


16 posted on 06/29/2010 11:45:37 AM PDT by IamConservative (Liberty is all a good man needs to succeed.)
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To: OldDeckHand

it sounds pretty bad


17 posted on 06/29/2010 11:46:03 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe they can team up with Hillshire Farms for ads...

GO MEAT!


18 posted on 06/29/2010 11:47:41 AM PDT by laker_dad
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To: driftdiver

I’ll have a Bloody Liver, please.


19 posted on 06/29/2010 12:01:47 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: nickcarraway

What’s next?...chicken flavored cologne and after shave?


20 posted on 06/29/2010 12:20:53 PM PDT by givemELL (Does Taiwan eet the Criteria to Qualify as an "Overseas Territory of the United States"? by Richar)
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To: nickcarraway

Salmon isn’t meat. You can eat in on Friday. ;-)


21 posted on 06/29/2010 1:02:57 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: JaguarXKE
I’ll have a Bloody Liver, please.


22 posted on 06/29/2010 1:33:33 PM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: nickcarraway
''I was trying to think of something Alaskan. What's more Alaskan than smoked salmon?''

Moose??

23 posted on 06/29/2010 1:34:47 PM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: nickcarraway

Will somebody send Todd Palin over there to kick somebody’s butt just on general priciciples?...magritte


24 posted on 06/29/2010 1:38:16 PM PDT by magritte ("There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself "Do trousers matter?")
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To: LonePalm

Culinary uses?


25 posted on 06/29/2010 2:41:41 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray. Stop Barrystroika.)
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To: nickcarraway

I think I’ll stick with chocolate vodka! LOL!


26 posted on 06/29/2010 3:01:43 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Germans in 1932 thought they were voting for change too.)
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To: AliVeritas
Ceviche

I bake it into rolls to make famous 'Bun of Ceviche.'

'La bonne cuisine est la base du véritable bonheur.' - Auguste Escoffier
(Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

27 posted on 06/29/2010 5:55:53 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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