Cathead Vodka out of Mississippi has released 2 seasonal flavored vodkas to go along with their year-round vodka and honeysuckle vodka. While flavored vodkas often border on insanity, Cathead Pumpkin Spice and Cathead Pecan are a bit more calm and noble.
Cathead on it’s own is a very good vodka, so these flavors have a quality backbone to build on. Of these two, pecan is more subtle and natural-tasting – the pumpkin spice variety makes a great cocktail, but on its own, the flavor is a little overwhelming and maybe a little imitation.
Here are two great cocktails to use your Cathead seasonals in:
Fall On Me (by Greg Mays)
- 1 1/2 oz Cathead Pumpkin Spice
- 1 1/2 oz Art in the Age Snap
- 1 oz cream
- shake on ice and pour into a chilled cocktail glass
- garnish with nutmeg
Summer’s Gone Soda (by Greg Mays)
- 2 oz Cathead Pecan
- 1 oz caramel liqueur (like Lovoka or Godiva)
- serve on the rocks and top with club soda
- garnish with a cherry
Clique Vodka is a newer brand that’s really embraced the times it’s in. Their Twitter handle @cliquevodka is printed right on the black bottle, and they’re promoting a hashtag of #cliqueshots to feature folks drinking Clique or holding their bottles of Clique.
All that considered, it’d be easy point to Clique as all style and no substance, a marketing plan in high gear. The biggest question to ask about Clique, then, is “how does it taste?”
It’s actually quite good – a touch fruity with traces of berries, and minimal alcohol burn. It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely worth $16. Try Clique in this pleasantly sweet vodka cocktail:
- 1 1/2 oz vodka
- 1 oz triple sec
- 1 oz lime juice
- shake with ice, then serve on rocks
- garnish with a lime wedge
Prairie Spirits distills gin, vodka, and cucumber vodka. Their motto “made with respect,” explains their organic farming and distilling policies, and unusually, their liquor doesn’t cost a fortune in the light of these higher standards (a bottle will only run you $20).
Prairie’s Cucumber Vodka is a touch sweet, and like I found with Cathead Honeysuckle, it’s a pleasant, natural, subtle flavor that’s very easily enjoyed on the rocks. Here’s a really refreshing simple cocktail you can make with cucumber vodka, (if you’re not able to find Prairie, just infuse your own).
Green Garden (by Greg Mays)
- with 15 mint leaves in a mixing glass, add:
- 1/2 oz of melon liqueur
- 2 oz of Prairie Cucumber Vodka
- muddle mint in the liquid well
- add ice and stir until very cold
- double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass
- garnish with a mint leaf
Simple Cocktails sponsor Karlsson’s Gold Vodka is giving away some great swag to one reader. To win this prize pack, simply comment below this post and tell us your favorite way to drink Karlsson’s. Here are some ideas if you need them:
Karlsson’s Bloody Mary
The Karlsson’s prize pack includes:
2 Karlsson’s golden potato cocktail stirrers
2 Karlsson’s black pepper ginders
1 Karlsson’s oyster shucker
1 limited-edition bronzed Karlsson’s bottle top in presentation case
Prize pack will be given away to 1 person who posts a comment below. Contest only open to U.S. residents (sorry). Winner will be chosen on July 15, 2013.
UPDATE 7/15/13: a representative from Karlsson’s contacted me the day this posting went live to tell me about Anchor Distilling acquiring Karlsson’s and taking over distribution, marketing, etc. for the vodka as of July 1. Since Karlsson’s was the company who was going to send out the prize pack for this giveaway, that has also been turned over to Anchor as well.
Both Karlsson’s and I have made multiple attempts to contact Anchor Distilling to ask about continuing with the giveaway on this post and their sponsorship of Simple Cocktails, and Anchor Distilling has remained non-responsive to both emails and calls. I’m sorry, guys, I have to pull the plug on the giveaway since I can no longer find a representative of the brand who has access to this swag. I’ll close the comments and email each entrant this info, and hope to have another contest on the blog soon. Thanks for understanding!
I reviewed Karlsson’s back in September and tried their signature “Black Gold” cocktail (on the rocks topped with ground black pepper). Now it’s time to apply that earthy goodness of Karlsson’s in another proper place: a Bloody Mary.
The Bloody Mary in particular has been a point of contention for me. ”Can you really call a cocktail simple if it has 8 or more ingredients?” I’ve wondered. This Bloody Mary has been making it’s rounds on the internet, and it includes garnishes like a hamburger, nachos, bacon, popcorn, a hot dog and a pretzel. Now I’m convinced that the Bloody Mary may never be simple.
So my solution to the conundrum of the Bloody Mary is to either embrace it’s complexity or just use a good, natural mix. The mixes I’ve used in the past have included Trader Joe’s and Ubon’s, both of which I like. Lately I’ve been hearing some good things about Zing Zang’s mix, so I grabbed a bottle to try with Karlsson’s. Zing Zang is a thinner mix than Ubon’s, but spicier, and Zing Zang is widely distributed, so it’s easier to find.
Karlsson’s Bloody Mary
- in a tall glass filled with ice, add:
- 1 1/2 oz Karlsson’s Gold Vodka
- top with Bloody Mary mix
- optionally, add a few dashes of Tabasco
- garnish heavily, I prefer pickled things and olives
This is a spicy Bloody Mary, but from my understanding, lots of people like them spicy. Using Karlsson’s will add a richness to the drink that I immediately noticed when I substituted a typical vodka in it’s place.