My favorite Valentine’s Day gift this year came from Exclusiv Vodka. The package arrived a bit early, but that gave me time to sip, mix and get acquainted with the Moldovan vodka before our big date.
First kiss (sip): Very simple. Slightly sweet, but pretty clean. Considering its low price point, it surprisingly managed not to taste like rubbing alcohol. Still, it definitely had a kick and quite a bit of spice.
Introduction to the crew (mixing): It definitely plays nicely with others. When introduced to orange juice, cranberry juice and other flavors, it blended well. It didn’t leave the aftertaste I’ve experienced with some other lower cost vodkas.
Cupid’s Arrow: An Exclusiv Valentine (recipe trademarked by Daniel Seelbinder)
1 1/2 oz Exclusiv Vodka
1/2 oz raspberry liquor
1/2 oz simple syrup
5 rose petals
In a collins glass, muddle rose petals and simple syrup add ice. Pour vodka and raspberry liquor then fill with champagne.
This cocktail was crisp and effervescent, but just sweet enough to be romantic. It looks gorgeous, too. I’ll probably add it to the list of cocktails my friends and I consume at gatherings (sans rose petals).
Post-date opinion (review): We can hang out, but I will definitely have to see other vodkas. It’s great for shots and for mixing, but I can’t see myself sipping it solo on the rocks or using it in a simple martini.
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