Fleur de Lis Vodka hitting the stores in New Orleans and Louisiana.

Remember my posts about the King Cake vodka with carnival party cocktails during last mardi gras? now the company who made it – Lucky Player – has just released it´s new Fleur de Lis vodka in New Orleans and Louisiana.

It´s straight non flavor ultra premium vodka smooth as ice….that has been distilled 5 times. The Fleur de Lis vodka is just like the King Cake vodka made in France and is bottled at 40% ABV or 80 proof.

The bottle has a beautiful Fleur de Lis design which will make it a collectors item with both a Fleur de Lis label and engravings on the bottle. Why a Fleur de Lis? well….to celebrate life….and there are many ways to do that – the easiest is to enjoy it on the rocks with some fresh lime and simple cane sugar syrup – or do what i did add a dash of vanilla liqueur in the mix.

Here`s a couple of cocktails to make:

Black and Gold

2 oz Lucky Player Fleur de Lis Vodka

o.75 oz fresh lime juice

0.25 oz simple syrup

0.5 oz vanilla liqueur

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a golden sugar rim and and a vanilla bean.

Fleur de Lis

2.0 oz pineapple juice

0.5 oz green Chartreuse

0.5 oz fresh lime juice

2 oz Lucky Player Fleur de Lis Vodka

0.25 oz sugarcane syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a tall zombie glass filled with crushed ice and garnish with mint and cherry.

Inspired by the Chartreuse swizzle this drink is very refreshing, fruity and herbal at the same time and light and easy to drink!

Here is where to find the Fleur de Lis Vodka:

Republic National Distributing Company is the Distributor in New Orleans 504.837.1500 Baton Rouge Lafayette area call 337.593.7801 & Shreveport 318.687.8110 Online orders visit www.crownwineandspirits.com

If you live in New Mexico or Georgia – http://www.ndcweb.com/home1/locations.htm

There is also a Facebook page for both the Fleur de Lis and King Cake vodka – https://www.facebook.com/kingcakevodka

Fleur de Lis Vodka available at all Rouse’s Supermarket in Louisiana.

 

 

MxMo XLI: VODKA IS YOUR FRIEND

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And so its time again for the next Mixology Monday!

The one in July never happened..and good was that, i think many agree. For myself, i did completely forget about that one – wound up in the after-waves of the Tales and i don`t think i was the only one.

So what`s on the topic for this one? well…its actually vodka and our host Amelia at Felicia’s Speakeasy says:

The theme of August 10th’s Mixology Monday is “Vodka is Your Friend.” The recent high profile bashings of vodka interspersed with a few weak “yeah, buts…” left me wondering, is vodka the axis of evil, our most dangerous enemy? While it may not be the life of the party, experts agree: Vodka’s obituary does not have to be written just yet.

Thanks for hosting! this should be fun.

So there we go…let´s see now what to do with this spirit said to be the best selling spirit of all in many places. I`m not usually a vodka drinker despite growing up in a vodka country but i do for the moment have a bottle of Uluvka and then a 176 proof Balkan in my bar which so far has been used for infusions. I`m of the opinion that there´s not that much flavour in vodka but i do know that there are vodkas out there with flavour.

Its true though that becuase its quite flavourless its like an empty canvas for you to spread about your fresh local fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. That´s the good thing. On the other hand i think its more fun to pair my mixers with various types of flavourful spirits..

When i was in New Orleans we went to a great place called Attiki and they served the best Bloody Mary i ever had (but it was made with gin.) Ever since i had that one its been in the back of my head to try to make a variation of it at home. And so now with vodka as a topic in this MxMo i  find a perfect opportunity to make a New Orleans style Bloody Mary.

I made some research on the net for various Nola style Mary`s and found a few recipes and then made my own variation.

NOLA STYLE BLOODY MARY

bloody-mary

* 2.5 oz tomato juice (i made from fresh very ripe tomatoes and added a tbsp tomato paste as well plus the bajou blast)
*2  oz vodka (Uluvka)
* 0.25 oz overproof vodka (Balkan)
* 0.5 tsp  fresh lemon juice
* 0.5 tsp  fresh lime juice
* 0.5 tsp prepared horseradish
* Worcestershire sauce to taste
* Louisiana hot sauce to taste
* pinch freshly ground black pepper
* pinch  Bayou Blast
* dash Peychaud´s
* 1 tbsp of the juice from okra jar
* Pickled okra, for garnish
* Green olives for garnish
* Black olive coarse sea salt to rim the glass

For tomato juice: Blend a couple of ripe tomatoes in a blender and strain. I also mixed in the Bajou blast here.

Prepared horseradish: Take a very small piece of horseradish and add 0.5  tsp cider vinegar and water and puree in mortar until smooth.

Bayou Blast: For one drink take a pinch ea of these things and mix them well: paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder,dried oregano,dried thyme, black pepper, cayenne. All dried spices.

Rim a tall glass with black olive coarse sea salt and set aside. Shake well over ice and double strain. Garnish with a pickled okra and 1-2 olives.

Sugarcane bar