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It’s the best time of the year! When there are three major holidays back to back and so many gatherings that involve family, friends, good food, good conversations, celebrating, and great drinks. I truly love this time of year. I rarely get to sit and visit with my entire family so during the holiday season I love sitting down after a big meal, having a nice drink and enjoying a deep conversation about our lives. We talk, we laugh, we reminisce about past memories, and for those short days, it feels like it used to before we all grew up and started our own lives. It’s sort of a tradition now. Each of us brings something, either a dish, a dessert, or a nice bottle of something to get the celebration started. Our parents used to do the same and now we follow in their footsteps.
Normally, I bring a new dessert but there are a few times when I find a great drink recipe or a just a great drink and I have to share! This year, that drink is KHOR Vodka. Otherwise known as Khortytsa, their line of vodkas are the #1 best-selling vodka in Eastern Europe and the #3 best-selling vodka in the world. The Khortytsa Distillery uses a unique natural mineral, schungite, to organically filter their vodka. They also use a special process of birch and alder-tree charcoal and quartz sand sourced near the famous Ural Mountains, to further filter their product. This process must be a big step in what makes KHOR vodka so great.
Currently, KHOR vodka has four products which are imported to the US: Khortytsa Platinum, Khortytsa ICE, Khortytsa Honey Pepper, and Khortytsa De Luxe. Each product has its own unique features and just for the Holiday season, KHOR vodka is releasing special holiday gift boxes that feature a 750-mL bottle and a 100-mL sample. I was sent two of those KHOR Vodka bottles in the 100-mL size just in time for the holidays. Speaking of the holidays, these two bottles, Khortytsa Platinum and Khortytsa Honey Pepper are both available in gift boxes with a 100-mL sample at a suggested retail price of $14.99.
The Khortytsa Platinum is the most popular products from KHOR Vodka. Made in Ukraine and created from durum wheat and corn, this vodka uses a platinum filtration that gives the vodka a clean, balanced, and soft finish. That filtration makes the Khortytsa Platinum vodka perfect for a wide array of cocktails. This vodka has won many awards such as the Double Gold 2015 WSWA Tasting Competition, 94 points in the 2015 Ultimate Spirits Competition, and Double Gold in the 2016 San Fransico World Spirits Competition. And for good reason, the tasting notes on the Khortytsa Platinum vodka are Spring Water clear, a big, assertive snack-cracker-grain aroma, Toasty on the palate, dry, and a creamy texture. It’s no wonder it’s one of the three best selling vodkas globally.
The taste of the Khortytsa Platinum vodka is as smooth as they come. Over my years, I’ve had the cheap stuff and I’ve had the really good vodka. You can tell the difference which one a vodka is immediately by the taste and the bite. Khortytsa Platinum vodka is a really good vodka. It was as smooth as water going down. And when mixed you can barely tell it’s there. That’s a good vodka.
This recipe is taken from the KHOR Vodka site:
- 2 oz Khortytsa Platinum
- 2 Large Strawberries
- 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
- ½ oz Honey Water
- ½ oz Dolin Chambéry
- ¼ oz Golden Balsamic
- Cracked Pepper
- Glass: Rocks
Muddle strawberries then add all ingredients except pepper. Shake and strain over fresh ice.
Now the Khortytsa Honey Pepper Hot Vodka is something that’s unique to me. It’s made with red Indian Cayenne Peper, clover honey and whole peppercorns in the bottle. The vodka itself has a light amber hue to it. This is the perfect vodka for any recipe that needs a little kick of pepper. The tasting notes on this vodka are a soft, silky entry with notes of spice. These are emphasized with hints of cola nut at the finish. What I enjoy about the Khortytsa Honey Pepper Hot Vodka is definitely the taste of pepper that you get but it smooths out nicely with a touch of honey. You can really taste the pepper but it’s nothing that’s going to make you go running for a glass of milk. While this wouldn’t be the bottle I’d grab if I was willing to take a shot, it would definitely be a bottle that I keep on hand when I’m looking for something to spice up my favorite drink recipes.
Khor Bloody Mary
- 2 oz Khortytsa Honey Pepper Hot Vodka
- 4 oz Tomato Juice
- 2 dashes Tabasco Sauce
- 2 tsp Prepared Horseradish
- 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 pinch Celery Salt
- 1 pinch Smoked Paprika
- 1 Lemon Wedge
- Lime Wedge
- Celery Salt
- Garnish: 1 Celery Stalk and Lime Wedge
- Glass: Pint
Pour Celery Salt onto a small plate. Rub the juicy side of the lemon or lime wedge along the lip of the pint glass. Roll the outer edge of the glass in celery salt until fully coated. Fill with ice and set aside. Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into a shaker and drop them in. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake gently and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lime wedge.
After tasting both bottles, I can honestly say that KHOR Vodka is some of the best tasting vodkas I’ve ever tried. It’s the perfect addition to any drink recipe and if you’re having a little trouble thinking of any, KHOR Vodka has many great recipes on their site. I know my family is going to love the creations I come up with and it’s going to be the talk of holidays.