Rockytop Tea- @Vodka14

Rockytop Tea:

1.5 oz earl gray infused vodka* (Vodka 14)
.5 oz blood orange juice
.5 oz lemon juice
1 tbsp Rangpur lime marmalade (homemade)
*1 tbsp Earl Gray infused in 8 oz vodka for 12-18 hours

Vodka 14 is a high quality classic organic vodka from Colorado. We thought it would be an excellent canvas to infuse with a nice Earl Gray tea. The orange juice acts to extend the cocktail a bit with the lemon juice lending balance and the requisite acidity. The bitter-sweetness of the marmalade goes very well with the Earl Gray, and helps to tame the tannic finish. 

Porch Swing

1.5 oz Vodka (Boyd & Blair)
.75 oz June Liqueur
.75 oz Bergamot orange juice (or use lemon)
Dash Cherry and Vanilla Bark Bitters (Bittercube)
Lemon zest

Shake over ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

This cocktail is named for it's easy going, delicate, and refreshing nature. We will be sipping many more of these come summertime, though bergamot oranges may be hard to come by so we wanted to take advantage of their unique tartness now. We opted for a regular lemon zest in place of the bergamot zest, as it can often be overpowering, and let the Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla serve as the aroma enhancer. This was our first time mixing with both June and Boyd and Blair Potato Vodka and were impressed with both products. The June liqueur is a delicate blend of botanicals similar to that of Dolin Blanc, but sweeter with a more sugary, cotton-candy flavor. Boyd and Blair Potato vodka is simply one of the best we've tasted. I would not consider myself a vodka fan and rarely find myself getting excited about vodka, but this elicited a true "wow" reaction. We look forward to many more cocktails with both products. 

Paint the Town Red-1 oz. vodka, 3 oz blood orange juice, .5 oz Campari, egg white, dash Peychaud's

Paint the Town Red:

1 oz. Vodka (Shaker's Rye Vodka)
3 oz. orange juice (blood orange)
1/2 oz. Campari
1 egg white
Dash Peychaud's bitters

Dry shake all ingredients. Add ice and shake all ingredients. Double-strain into chille cocktail glass. Garnish with bitters.

This cocktail is a slight variant of Gary Regan's, On-the-Town cocktail, swapping traditional orange juice for blood orange juice. The cocktail nose is citrus and faintly anise , the sip smooth and light, yet rich with a bitter grapefruit, coriander-seed finish that's slightly spicy on account of the rye in the vodka. Shaker's Rye Vodka is a flavorful vodka with a great finish. The nose is classic vodka alcohol with a finish of cocoa, toasted almonds, and grains. Both Shaker's products are great choices for those who like their vodkas to taste like something. We found Shaker's Rye to be good for mixing, but we would probably not use in a vodka martini cocktail (Shaker's other offering of a Wheat Vodka is a different matter and will be covered in future posts). The cocktail is only sweetened by the natural sugars present in the blood orange juice and the bittersweetness of the Campari. It is a good cocktail for citrus lovers, who like their drinks drier than sweet.