Today’s guest post is from Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet Blog, who introduced us to Absolut Juice Edition. Absolut Vodka didn’t include us on any announcements of the line. (Do we take umbrage? Yes, even though it isn’t yet available everywhere.)
(If “Smith” doesn’t sound Swedish, he was born Lars Olsson. Later in life, he reinvented himself as L.O. Smith. He was called “The King of Spirits” because of his domination of spirits production in Stockholm during the end of the 19th century.)
> Here’s the story of how the brand came to be.
Absolut Juice Edition is made with Absolut Vodka, in Apple Edition, Pear & Elderflower Edition, and Strawberry Edition. They are made with real fruit juice and natural flavors† (photo #2). There is no sugar added.
Absolut Vodka itself is made with water and winter wheat*. The water comes from a deep well in Åhus, where it’s protected from impurities. The use of fertilizers is minimized.
Here are Hannah’s comments, which she opens by commenting on the challenge to know if spirits are vegan:
Finding Reserve Bar spirits has been a gift! They select ONLY the best quality and clearly state what is vegan, right on the sales page.
“Plus, I don’t even need to leave the house for delivery straight to my door; always a huge plus for avoiding holiday shopping crowds. They’ve also led me to discover new bottles I wouldn’t have otherwise noticed, like the Absolut Juice Edition of Absolut Vodka.
“The Apple Juice variety tastes like it’s infused with real, fresh apple juice, although it’s actually flavored with a natural extract of apple with other flavors to create the desired results.
“The Absolut website calls it ‘elegant and fresh aromas with a distinct aroma of ripened apple followed by soft floral notes, a touch of vanilla and apple cores juicy character and a well-balanced sweetness with juicy character. The rich taste of ripened apple, smooth juicy character, and a well-balanced sweetness on the palate. Fresh and fruity with juicy character on the finish.’
“Just mixing it with seltzer is a real treat, but for a cozy, seasonal cocktail, it’s easy to take it to the next level.
“A hot toddy is classically made with plain hot water, but I prefer to infuse the water with chai tea, which adds subtly nuanced spices that have comforting pie filling vibes [recipe below].
“Unlike typical mulled cider or wine, just a splash of Absolut Juice Apple Edition lends rich, juicy flavor while staying light and hydrating, rather than overwhelmingly sweet.
On a cold winter night, nothing beats this well-balanced slow sipper.
I’m so happy I don’t have to leave the comfort of my home to stock up again, too! I’ll just head to ReserveBar.com.
A toddy is a cocktail made with boiling water, sugar, and spices. It can be made with any alcohol— rum, vodka, whiskey, and lower-alcohol spirits like sherry.
1. BRING the water to a boil and add the teabag. Steep for 3 – 4 minutes and discard the bag.
2. ADD the apple vodka, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Stir with a cinnamon stick and garnish with the sliced apple, if desired. If you don’t have a cinnamon stick, use 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or if you don’t have cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice.
> THE HISTORY OF APPLES
*Winter wheat differs from other wheat crops. It’s sown one fall and harvested in the next one. In Sweden’s winters, it grows under the snow, which helps to develop its hard grain.
†“Natural flavors” are extracts made from all-natural ingredients.
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