A follow up to the Eristoff Vodka I had mentioned in an earlier post thanks to my good friend Donnie. Many have told me that this is nothing more than another runner-up for the legendary Smirnoff vodka, but the truth behind it is that Eristoff could easily be the next Smirnoff on a popularity level. As far as quality goes, it's hands down the winner, but the thing that really has Smirnoff at the top of the market is their wide variety of flavors including Melon, White Grape, Canned Tuna, and Pomegranate.
Well now Smirnoff is in some pretty deep shit.
This, gentlemen, is what vodka is meant to be. This is Eristoff Black which is a TRUE infusion of Wild Berris and vodka. Hence its still astounding 20% abv., this liqueur-type vodka is more like a Ready-to-Drink cocktail, but still holds strong when mixed or used as a normal flavored vodka in pretty much any recipe. The liquid itself, is BLACK. As easy as it sounds to understand, most people don't really understand how black I'm talking about. IT IS LIKE INK. A blackhole, a complete and total void.... This stuff is BLACK. Most ninjas cower to the site of how black and dark this stuff really is.
The lack of alcohol, is not due to dilution, but rather the actual infusion of raw berry product, vodka, and water. It makes this drink truly unique and unlike most anything in its family. Literally the Black Sheep of the vodka world, I can easily see this surpassing the level of "cult classic" and becoming a mainstream beverage that will soon be at top Mixology bars, if not every bar in the country.
Note the cocktail i made here, which is pretty common of this drink, which is more of a true layered drink and holds serious barriers.
Black and Gold Lemonade
2½oz Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
2½oz Eristoff Black
Pour chilled lemonade into a rocks glass or an iced tea glass, and carefully pour the Eristoff Black on top in order to layer.
It is such a trippy taste and feeling drinking this truly impressive gem. I can't imagine how to even start making the taste (which to me is much like a blue or purple freezepop!) but there is not way to recreate this look without adding food coloring or the like. Little sublayers of lemon and vodka and lemon and vodka come through in little sweet and tart bursts that I couldn't possibly replicate with normal ingredients. I should note, that no artificial ingredients or anything are put into this beverage which again i remind you is distilled and bottle at the Grey Goose distillery in France.
Good luck finding this where you are. About $13-$14 so pick this up. You won't regret it.
p.s.: Thank you Donnie.