NLF: Svedka Grapefruit Jalapeño Vodka

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Svedka Grapefruit Jalapeño Vodka
70 Proof – Vodka
Approx. $13.99 750ml

Jeff’s Review:
Last weekend I celebrated a very late birthday in Treasure Island, FL. I told myself I would take it easy, so I tried to mainly bring beer, and only a few bottles of liquor. Well that plan only lasted a few hours into the first night when our friend showed up with two very late birthday gifts. A bottle of Jack Daniels Fire and Svedka Grapefruit Jalapeño vodka. He’s a true friend because he knows not to just bring my favorite bottle, and instead gave me something we haven’t reviewed.

I was very grateful of my gifts, but to be honest, I wasn’t real excited about the vodka. We didn’t try it the first night but I did end up doing the total opposite of my initial plan and drank until 6 am. I told myself I had a few more nights that I should try the “take it easy” idea. The next day came way too quick, and I had only two hours of sleep before I was woken by the smell of bacon.

Once I had a full belly, I slowly got back into party mode and hit the pool. A few hours later, more people showed up and the drinking started again. This time I made sure to give the vodka a try. A few brave friends joined me in a few shots of Grapefruit Jalapeño vodka. I think everyone was ready to spit it out, but surprisingly no one did. Instead we all just stared at each other with confused looks on our faces. Its not bad, but it is very strange.

At first there is a subtle sweet citrus, that smoothly goes down with practically no burn, then as you breath in, the jalapeno shows itself. The citrus part doesn’t exactly remind me of grapefruit, or any other specific fruit for that matter, but more of a generic slightly sweet citrus flavor. And the jalapeno taste isn’t exactly what you might expect after seeing the name of a somewhat spicy pepper on the label. You definitely do get the flavor of jalapeño, but that’s it, there is no spiciness at all. That could be good or bad depending on what you wanted out of this bottle. I tried it a few more times, but not because I loved it, but because I was trying to figure out what someone would drink with this.

Then I noticed that there happened to be a couple recipes on the bottle were very creative…

Fuego:
2 parts Grapefruit Jalapeño vodka
1 Jalapeño (cut the top of jalepeño and use as shot glass)

Dog bite:
2 parts Grapefruit Jalapeño vodka
4 parts grapefruit juice (garnish with jalapeño)

I tried to think of something a little more exciting, but I was drawing a blank. Later a few people mentioned that it might be good in a Bloody Mary, but I decided that I would save this for another night. I spent the rest of the weekend with mainly beers and Guy Harvey Rum. After an amazing “not taking it easy at all” birthday weekend, I’m still feeling a little off a week later.

Tonight the time came to revisit this bottle again, and I still can’t decide what I should drink this with. I took inventory of everything in the house and went with lemonade. It wasn’t a bad choice because its very drinkable at half and half, but the jalapeno disappears completely. I feel that the only thing that makes this bottle different shouldn’t be covered up, and I still want to find a recipe that really shows off the strangeness of this bottle. That, however, will have to wait for another night due to a small problem with my current bottle being empty.

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