The Ivory Tower Made a Vodka-Drinker Outta Me
I’m not a vodka drinker; I don’t like the taste. And yes, I do know that vodka is commonly referred to as the spirit that “doesn’t have any flavor” but If you ask me, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any taste. Because I find the taste of vodka pretty offputting. Unlike the sweetness you get from tequila or the herbaceousness from gin, vodka is just hot, and pungent, and tastes like something I should be using in the science lab — not something I choose to imbibe and subsequently stream through the holy temple that is my body.
All of that said, a lot of people do like vodka, and there is one variety of which I can't get enough - St George Green Chile Vodka. It’s a spirit I delight in drinking almost on its own, with just a cube of ice or a splash of soda. It tastes nothing like vodka, and instead reminds me of salsa verde, if it were somehow macerated into smithereens and then distilled into a clear spirit. It’s savory, a bit spicy, and super chile-forward; almost like taking a bite right out of a green bell pepper. (In reality the spirit is made with jalapeños, serranos, habaneros, and red and yellow bell peppers).
The spirit, which is used as the base in this Ivory Tower cocktail from Pinewood’s Summer 2017 drink menu, puts a savory-spicy twist on a drink that leans closely towards a Piña Colada, but has a little Thai flare. With the Green Chile Vodka at the helm, this cocktail would make for a showstopping kick-off to a dinner party, but is also more than welcome while lounging poolside.
2 oz St George Green Chile Vodka
½ oz Ancho Reyes
1 oz Pineapple Juice
½ oz Lime Juice
¾ oz Coco Lopez
2 dash Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters
Method: Serve over crushed ice and garnish with pineapple fronds and an orange / luxardo cherry flag.