Wow what a bottle! In this week’s blog post we look at RK Vodka, from the beautiful design of the bottle to the drink hidden behind the mysterious monochrome.
The UK has an interesting relationship with vodka and is often snubbed in favour of other spirits. People always reach for the mass produced budget option with the craft vodka market being ignored. For those lucky enough to travel to countries like Poland you will discover a whole new world of this warming spirit. Imparted into their culture it is not only a spirit to be added to your favourite mixer when out on a Saturday night (remember nights out?) but to be sipped and savoured. There you will find it paired with food and even seen as a celebratory drink.
Back in the UK, RK Vodka are one of the leaders when it comes to the craft vodka movement and they are persuading people to step up and try a better product. Like all good things the vodka is the by-product of procrastination; time that should have been spent studying at university turned into researching artisan distilling. Through this research they discovered the type of vodka they would like to produce and the means of doing so, complementing this with the contemporary design of the bottle.
The team behind this vodka wanted to create a product that is smooth and full of character, with many options such as grain and potato they decided to go with a sugar beet base. France has a long history of distilling molasses of the sugar beet into high quality alcohol and this is something they wanted to embrace. It also gives a lovely sweetness to the vodka and nuances of vanilla on the palate, plus it is gluten free so suitable for celiacs or people with wheat allergies.
The result of the distillation in their copper pot still is a wonderfully smooth vodka due to the sulphur in the distillate binding to the copper during the distillation process. It is also suggested by The Wine and Spirits Academy that “pot stills also help add desired congeners to the spirit responsible for aromas and flavours in the spirit”, and as the vodka only goes through a single distillation and is unfiltered it is packed full of complexity and flavours.
Not only is the product within strikingly beautiful but also the contemporary design of the bottle. The product within reflects the history and tradition of vodka with the black and white split representing and embracing modernity. It certainly commands its position within today's market.
The vodka is highly versatile and will lend itself to a myriad of mixers and cocktails but it works really well with citrus. At SplitsDrinks we like to enjoy it served long in a vodka and tonic with a big slice of lemon but it also works perfectly in a lemon drop cocktail:
Rub the lemon around the rim and dip in the caster sugar. Shake the vodka, triple sec, lemon juice and syrup with ice until the shaker becomes frosted. Fine strain into the glass and garnish with the lemon twist.
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