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Flavoured vodkas [Nov. 16th, 2006|09:20 pm]
Douglas Spencer
I make flavoured vodkas from time to time. I've had some remarkable successes and some memorable failures.

For reasons which will be clear to some of you but opaque to others, I've been making a bacon-flavoured version. The first attempt was sampled after a while, but it was very nasty (owing partly to a failure in managing the quantity of free fats) and had to be cautiously retired.

I've now made a version using crispy bacon, and I hope it'll develop with rather more success.

Take four ounces (uncooked weight) of unsmoked streaky bacon, and cook it until pretty much all the fat has been cooked out of it. Don't be scared if the meaty bits are slightly burnt. Find a one-litre bottle of vodka. Break the cooked bacon into strips narrow enough to fit through the neck of the bottle and drop it in. Add a small sloosh of something sweet you might be happy to cook pig products with -- in this case I used maple syrup but honey would probably work too. Shake the bottle well and let it stand around for a few weeks to mature.

It might be very nasty, it might be good. We'll just have to wait and see.
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[User Picture]From: seph_hazard
2006-11-16 09:28 pm (UTC)
*throws up quietly* That sounds, ah, lovely, darling. Don't mind me, I'll just be being a vegitarian very quietly in this corner over here.

How about chocolate vodka?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-11-16 09:42 pm (UTC)
I've currently got chili vodka and Turkish Delight vodka on the go, both of which are suitable for vegetarians, vegans and those on milk-free, gluten-free or wheat-free diets.

I've had some success with matchmaker vodka -- both the mint and blackcurrant varieties -- which has the advantage that when the bottle's finished there's a half-inch of chocolate sludge in the bottom of the bottle which can be very nice. If I make matchmaker vodka it'll be fine for vegetarians but not for vegans. In fact I have some mint matchmakers in stock, so I might get a bottle started.
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[User Picture]From: seph_hazard
2006-11-16 09:43 pm (UTC)
Mmm, that sounds nice!
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[User Picture]From: hddod
2006-11-16 09:46 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the new honeycomb matchmakers? I've recently made some with those and it's goooood.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-11-16 09:53 pm (UTC)
Ooooh...
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[User Picture]From: sarah_mum
2006-11-17 12:54 am (UTC)
Mmmm Turkish Delight..... Snow Queen Flavour?
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[User Picture]From: reverendjim
2006-11-17 11:58 am (UTC)
You can get rose petal flavoured vodka, which is pretty much the same thing, though you'll probably need a rather good off-licence to find it. I was given a bottle by a rather strange woman who'd just spent a while massaging my feet. Unfortunately this doesn't happen often.
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[User Picture]From: happiestsadist
2006-12-08 04:41 pm (UTC)
Until that last comment, I was about to inquire as to how I can steal your life.
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[User Picture]From: perlmonger
2006-11-17 09:27 am (UTC)
Matchmakers are made out of dead 3rd world babies (although, by some definitions, that would count as vegan ;)
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[User Picture]From: simbagirl
2006-11-16 09:35 pm (UTC)
Sounds...interesting.

Apparently one of the pubs near home sells fudge vodka, complete with lumpy bits. I haven't tried it though. I'm not brave enough.
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From: ex_the_major316
2006-11-16 09:41 pm (UTC)
You know I might just have to try the vegetarian bacon option.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-11-16 09:43 pm (UTC)
"Bacon flavour bits" vodka was suggested at Novacon, using the version of the product that's made of soya.
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From: ex_the_major316
2006-11-16 09:46 pm (UTC)
So when is the big party happening to taste these delightful products of yours?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-11-16 09:56 pm (UTC)
The bacon vodka is going to a Hogswatch night party in Sheffield. Other bottles could be going anywhere... you'll have to wait and see.
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From: ex_the_major316
2006-11-16 10:03 pm (UTC)
You mean I'm going to have to attend every party that's going on this year in order to taste your samples? I don't think my bicycle can cope!
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-11-16 10:05 pm (UTC)
I'm already in danger of taking two women to this party, if I take you as well then I'll run out of arms.
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From: ex_the_major316
2006-11-16 10:18 pm (UTC)
I'll settle with a thigh :)
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-11-16 10:23 pm (UTC)
It'll be a delight to wrap my thigh round your waist.
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From: ex_the_major316
2006-11-17 07:33 am (UTC)
:)
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[User Picture]From: phlump
2006-11-16 09:45 pm (UTC)
You should give turkey and cranberry a go for the festive season :)
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[User Picture]From: camies
2006-11-16 10:06 pm (UTC)
Ee. I have recently made myrtle berry vodka. Apparently the Sardinians make a myrtle digestif. Murteddu is likely to be the Sardinian form of *Myrtello, as Sardinian replaces 'll' with 'dd' and 'o' with 'u' (today's pointless linguistic diversion).
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-11-16 10:09 pm (UTC)
I'm now thinking of a convention panel item called "Year of the Murteddu"...
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[User Picture]From: sarah_mum
2006-11-17 12:52 am (UTC)
You are bad, and wrong, and taking a very obvious pune too far.

BTW - It that doesn't work, try Frazzles.
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From: alexmc_tech
2006-11-17 06:43 am (UTC)
Wasn't there a general agreement that meat based vodka was bad and wrong?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-11-18 07:48 am (UTC)
I believe there was, yes. And at about this time the year before last. But I'm not bound by trivial things like general agreement, or indeed a realisation that something is clearly Bad And Wrong.
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[User Picture]From: happiestsadist
2006-12-08 04:43 pm (UTC)
Hello! Mind if I add you? You seem rather nifty, and experimental vodkas are intriguing.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-12-12 12:55 pm (UTC)
No problem.
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