Thursday, February 3, 2011

Product Review---> Moon Mountain Vodka

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Diaego offices for a Happy Hour Event. Now for those that don't know, Diageo represents some of the top liquor brands in the industry. Tanqueray, Meyers Rum, Zacapa, Captain Morgan, Johnnie Walker, etc... So a happy hour event there meant a smile on my face by the end of the evening.

But instead of the norm, I was introduced to Moon Mountain Vodka by my good friend and Mixologist Lynn Hiouse. First thing I said to myself was, uh oh here we go, ANOTHER vodka... But I was pleasantly surprised at the product. Moon Mountain vodka mixes very well, and works good naked. Has a clean taste and 3 flavors..... Traditional,  Coastal Citrus, and Wild Raspberry.

Moon Mountain is small batch, and copper pot distilled, which aids in getting the smoothness,purity and overall very clean taste. What really interests me in this is that it is crafted from Organic grain and purified water. Master Distiller Gerry Webb explains how he goes about distilling and creating this great vodka here....

Now on to the cocktails...(Which is the point of this blog.... heh heh) These 3 cocktails were created by Mixologitst Lynn House from right here in my hometown of the CHI!!! She is an amazing bartender and someone who I look up to and look to for advice in my journeys to become a better bartender. But she really put her foot in these drinks... Soooo here they are....

New Moon

2 oz Moon Mountain Traditional Vodka
1 oz fresh cucumber juice
.5 oz lemon juice.
.5 oz simple syrup

serve up in a cocktail glass

Morning Glory

1.5 oz Moon Mountain Coastal Citrus Vodka
.5 oz Campari
.5 oz fresh lime juice
.25 oz grapefruit cordial

splash of tonic
serve over ice in a rocks glass

Moonlight and Roses

2.0 oz Moon Mountain Wild Raspberry
.5 oz fresh lime juice
.75 oz rosehip syrup

serve up in a cocktail glass

I had the privilege to taste all 3 of these cocktails and by far my personal favorite was the New Moon. I don't even like cucumbers, but that drink was the drink of choice. The Morning Glory tasted very similar to a screwdriver, but was very tasty. The Moonlight and roses was very good as well, but I tend to prefer the raspberry flavor naked.

So if you are looking for a Organic, reasonably priced Vodka($19.99 a bottle) Moon Mountain is definitely your best bet!  You can find Moon Mountain on these websites...

Until Next Time