Escort Quality Hooker Pricing, That’s A Given, Maple Madness [DRINKS OF THE WEEK]

Whether your drink of choice is tequila, rum, or vodka we’ve got you covered in this week’s installment of Drinks Of The Week! Kicking things off is Wódka Vodka from Poland, then we move on to GIVEN Liqueur, and to wrap it all up we take a look at Flor de Cana’s Centenario 12yr Rum. Check out our full reviews and mixed drink recipes below!

Wódka Vodka

Produced in the Polmos Bialystock distillery in Eastern Poland, a relic from Poland’s communist era, Wódka Vodka is tagged as a “premium vodka”, but is selling at dirt cheap pricing ($9.00). In-fact James Dale, President of Panache Imports who distributes Wódka says that Wódka Vodka was created for vodka drinkers who are no longer enamored by the fancy bottle, could care less about expensive spokespeople like that rapper and the bizarre robot girl and really just want a good drink at an honest price.

We love the pricing, but how does it taste? We recently found out, and here’s our review!

Accolades: Gold Medal and Best Buy award at the 2010 Beverage Testing Institute of Chicago.

Proof: 80 (40% ABV)

Age: Unaged

Flavors: Neutral

TasteB+ (Very Good)

Mix-abilityA- (Excellent)

Buzz Factor: B+ (Very Good)

Price: $8.99 USD (750ml) 

Overall: We give WódkaVodka a B+ (Highly Recommended). Surprisingly smooth and ultra affordable. Actually, their advertising say it best “Escort Quality – Hooker Pricing

MIX IT UP WITHPolish Professor

Ingredients:  2 oz Wódka Vodka, 4 oz pineapple juice, 1 oz 7-Up

Directions: Pour vodka and pineapple juice into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass. Add 7-up, stir, and drink.

GIVEN Liqueur

Pronounced “Jee-Vahn”, GIVEN Liqueur is praised by its creators as “the ideal balance between a spirit and liqueur.” What exactly is this stuff you might be asking… Well, GIVEN is a truly a unique blend of premium agave tequila and all-natural lime juice… Sounds pretty simple, almost something you could make yourself at home, right!? Wrong! GIVEN is actually handcrafted through an infusion process in the Cognac region of France. That’t fancy!

We’ve never seen anything else quite like GIVEN on the market, so when the opportunity came up for us to drink on the job once again we jumped at it!

Proof: 34 (17% ABV)

Age: Unaged

Flavors: Citrus and tequila

TasteB+ (Very Good)

Mix-abilityB+ (Very Good)

Buzz Factor: C- (Low)

Price: $30 – $35 USD (750ml) 

Overall: We give GIVEN Liqueur a B (Recommended). It was hard for us to put a finger on it, but this stuff is strangely tasty! A perfect shooter for people who like tequila, but hate the typical burn associated with most tequilas. We found it to be best served chilled, but it also doubles as a suitable base for mixing drinks. In-fact check out the delicious drink recipe below.

MIX IT UP WITH“Montauk Mist”

Ingredients: 3 oz Chilled GIVEN Liqeur, 1 oz Champange, 3 Fresh Raspberries, 3 Fresh Blackberries

Directions: Muddle berries, add ice and GIVEN Liqeur, Shake well and strain in to a chapange flute. Slowly add champagne and garnish with and orange wedge.

Flor de Caña Centenario 12yr

Using a unique combination of the latest distillation technology and true craftsmanship, Flor de Caña Centenario 12yr is distilled 5 times before being slow-aged for 12 long years in used whiskey and bourbon barrels. During the slow-aging process Flor de Caña proudly uses no additives or accelerants to promote aging artificially.

Proof: 80 (40% ABV)

Age: 12 years

Flavors: Cinnamon, caramel, oak

Taste: B+ (Very Good)

Mix-ability(Good)

Buzz Factor:  A- (Below Average)

Price: $32 – $37 USD (750ml) 

Overall: We give Flor de Caña Centenario 12yr a B+ (Highly Recommended). Just as we expected, this rum is 100% smooth and best suited for sipping neat or on the rocks. Connoisseurs would probably kick your ass for mixing it with anything other than ice, but we couldn’t blame you for trying the delicious mixture below…

MIX IT UP WITH: “Maple Madness”

Ingredients: 2.5 oz. Flor de Caña Centenario 12 year rum, 1/2 oz. Maple Syrup , 2 Dashes Liquid Smoke, Smoked Salt

Directions: Salt rim of small rocks glass. Add Flor de Caña Centenario, maple syrup, and liquid smoke to shaker. Strain over ice.

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