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Platinum 7X Vodka

Posted by Chris On September - 19 - 2012

Platinum 7X Vodka

It was the first Eagles home game of the 2012 – 2013 Season and the first Tailgate. The weather was perfect for the early afternoon game and of course, the morning tailgate. The sun was shining and there was a slight breeze which took some of the heat off of the bright Philly sun.

The parking lot was already half full when we pulled in at 9:30 and started setting up. We had decided on a “brunch” type menu of eggs, pork roll and sausage on our little grill, with Bloody Mary’s and Screwdrivers to start and finish along with our cigars. In the interest of “truth in drinking” I admit to using a mix for the Bloody Mary’s but fresh Orange Juice for the Screwdrivers. The key ingredient in both drinks, especially when tailgating, was, of course, the Vodka. For the Vodka, for the first time, I tried Platinum 7x. It’s from the Sazerac Company, and made in the US, with the 7x signifying that it was distilled seven times, leaving it a pure spirit. No flavoring, no taste, just plan, simple alcohol, as Vodka should be.

Again, in the interest of “truth in drinking”, my straight or sipping liquor of choice is Scotch, but I have been known on occasion to take a shot or two of ice cold Vodka. With the plastic (yes, plastic, so it is lighter to carry and there is no danger of it falling off the tailgate and breaking) bottle still frosty from the night in the freezer and the ride down in the ice chest, I took a shot. Admittedly, it wasn’t as smooth as Tito’s or Belvedere, but it didn’t burn either. At about $10.00 for a 750 ml bottle, it was also half to a third of the cost and still a very drinkable vodka straight up. It was definitely more than comparable to other low to moderate ($10 – $15 a bottle) Vodkas like Sky or Smirnoff or Svedka, and most of them are distilled at the most 5 times.

For the Bloody Mary mix and the Orange Juice, the Platinum 7x was a perfect mixer. The plastic bottle made it easy to handle and pour, and seemed to retain the chill. I personally never see the need or purpose in using a real premium Vodka for those drinks, but also don’t like to use anything that is too rough and burns. I later tried it at home, after the game, with some Tonic, and it made a very crisp and refreshing Vodka and Tonic to help relax, refresh and celebrate our first home game win.

As they say though, don’t totally take my word for it. Try it yourself. For the price, I honestly don’t think that you can go wrong.

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Bakon Vodka Review

Posted by Dave On August - 23 - 2011

Bakon Vodka LogoWe as members of Tailgate Nation typically like bacon. (Honestly, other than vegans, who doesn’t like bacon?) Also, we tailgaters tend to enjoy an adult beverage or two. So it was a no brainer that the folks at Black Rock Spirits contacted us and asked if we would be interested in doing a product review of Bakon Vodka. I love bacon. I love Vodka. Bacon flavored vodka? Bring it on.

You have probably seen all the different types of flavored vodkas out on the market. They tend to lean towards the more fruit flavors like citrus infused vodkas or berry flavors. That’s fine and all but bacon infused vodka on the surface just screams that it is a manly vodka. Before I even received the sample bottle (Full Disclosure: The sample bottle of Bakon Vodka was provided free of charge but in no way influenced our opinion of the product.) I figured just the mere fact of having bacon flavored vodka at a tailgate party would give your parking spot that “wow” factor. Based on the uniqueness of the vodka it was already starting off on a positive note.

Checkout this news report on Bakon Vodka.

When the bottle first arrived and I took it out of the box, I liked the look of the bottle. It was not your typical round bottle but had square sides. Very cool and makes it stand out a little more. The logo of a bacon strip on the front removes all doubt that this is going to be another ordinary vodka.

Upon opening it I took a sniff to see if I could smell the bacon. It was definitely the first thing I smelled but it wasn’t overpowering. The folks at Bakon Vodka say their signature drink is the Bakon Mary. Basically a Bloody Mary but using Bakon Vodka. We still had some Jimmy Luv’s Bloody Mary Mix on hand so we mixed up a batch of bloody marys. The first sip was a bit cautious to make sure I was not missing anything. My initial reaction was, “It’s tastes as if crumbled up a crisp strip of bacon and sprinkled it on top of my bloody mary”. Needless to say, it was a great experience.

Bakon Vodka Bottle

Upon finishing the bloody mary I then moved to shots. No need to call the Betty Ford Clinic. I was merely doing this purely for research sake.

I poured myself a regular 1 oz. shot and took it down. The Bakon Vodka shot was smooth and not harsh at all. The after taste was pure bacon. (Honestly, if someone asked me the one taste I would like to have permanently in my mouth, bacon is my top answer.)

I then started researching what other recipes might go well with Bakon Vodka. Here are a few that caught my as as either unique and original or just sounded like they would taste great.

Swine Flu Shot
• 1 part Bakon Vodka
• 1 part Jaeger
• 1 part Goldschlager

The Elvis Presley
The King himself would have loved this amazing combination of flavors.

• 1 part Bakon Vodka
• ½ part hazelnut liqueur
• ½ part banana liqueur
• splash of cream

Shake with ice and served like a Martini -or- strained into a shot glass.

Bakon Vodka Marinated Steak (Serves 6)

• 1/3 cup Bakon Vodka
• 1 tablespoon sea salt or 1/2 teaspoon table salt
• 2 tablespoons black peppercorns, crushed
• 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
• 2 tablespoons finely chopped thyme
• 3 cloves garlic, crushed
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• A slice of beef cut from the top of the rump, about an inch thick or 24 ounces

Combine marinade ingredients and put into a closed container with the beef, making sure to evenly coat with herbs. Marinate for 3 hours at room temperature. Or for superior results, marinate for 1 to 3 days in the refrigerator before cooking.

Cook to preferred temperature, and enjoy.

So now that you have seen just a few recipes for Bakon Vodka you can check out more at bakonvodka.com/recipes.

After sampling Bakon Vodka in a bloody mary and just straight out of a shot glass, the verdict is we liked it. Check that. We loved it. Some flavors and smells are good to themselves and don’t play well with others. We were happy to learn that bacon and vodka not only play well together but we are wondering how this combination was not thought of before.

We would highly encourage you to try Bakon Vodka. Because Bakon Vodka is relatively brand new to the market it is not in every liquor store or bar on the map. Make sure to check out their website on where to find Bakon Vodka to see if it is carried near you. If not, they do offer purchase via mail order to certain states.

To learn more about Bakon Vodka and to possibly purchase a bottle for yourself, please visit: bakonvodka.com.

Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper #106: Brooklyn Decker Edition

Posted by Dave On February - 24 - 2011

Last week’s Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper #105 featured the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition rookie Kate Upton. Keeping with the SI Swimsuit theme, this week we’re going with Brooklyn Decker. Not much else to say other than she is married to tennis star Andy Roddick and that I just enrolled my 2 year old son into tennis lessons…. Links follow the eye candy:

Brooklyn Decker Bikini

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Weekend Wrap-Up #108: 4th of July 2010 Edition

Posted by Dave On July - 5 - 2010

Another July 4th has come and gone and that can only mean one thing…. football season and prime tailgating season is coming soon. As tailgaters we must love 4th of July in that it is one of the most popular grilling holidays on the calendar. No matter if you have been to a game or not, the amount of dead animal flesh being charred up on millions of grills across the United States on this day makes it seem as though everyone is backyard tailgating all at once. It’s enough to make you proud to be an American. Another thing to make you thankful you are an American is this week’s Weekend Wrap-up Hottie. Don’t know her name but she definitely makes you want to stand up and salute. Links follow Old Glory.

Hot girl in American flag bikini

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