In exciting sample news, Vision Vodka asked if I would review and publicize their product. Since I don’t drink that much vodka, all I can say is that it tasted appropriately flavorless, which I understand is the distinguishing characteristic of a fine vodka. Should anyone be looking for a vodka, why not choose Vision? Vision, for the good times.
It is nice to have vodka around, however, to make those few drinks I never get around to. One of these is David Wondrich’s Firebird Cocktail, from Killer Cocktails, which I understand was made to honor a choreographer whose name I cannot at the moment remember.
Firebird Cocktail (Killer Cocktails)
- 1 1/2 oz vodka (Vision)
- 1/2 oz cognac (Bache Gabrielsen Fine)
- 1/2 oz kümmel (sub Krogstad Aquavit + simple syrup)
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 barspoon grenadine
Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon twist.
As The Wife mentioned, this is why people drink vodka. Easy to forget how much liquor is in this thing. This was a very drinkable sour, mild and fresh. Honestly, I’m glad I used the Krogstad instead of the Stock kümmel I have on the back bar, because it added enough caraway and anise to take over the cocktail and turn it into a mild Aquavit Sour. Since I only like clear liquor Sours (or Daisies), this really hit the spot. The Vision performed admirably by really vanishing into the background. Altogether a not unpleasant use for the rare vodka we have on the bar.
I also suspect that Vision will perform admirably in my future horseradish-infused vodka plans. Updates as they come!