But if you wanna send me VODKA? I'm ALL OVER that. What can I say -- I'm a vodka girl. You know this by now.
So thank you, nice people, who are contributing to my boozy, boozy lust. (Don't judge me, I work for a living.)*
Ivanabitch, from the Netherlands (some people think the best vodka comes from Russia - not true at all if you ask me), won me over with their name, frankly, but their website bowled me over. They write like I do. See for yourself:
Our family is fun, irreverent and yes, a little insane. OK, more than a little insane. Was it the liquor? Perhaps. Was it a marriage of first cousins? More than likely.
But we digress. This... is all about the legendary Ivanabitch family and their incredible elixirs (that’s liquor to you Americans). We’re talking super-premium stuff here. We’re talking imported liquor at domestic prices. We’re talking good enough to drink neat. But don’t take our word for it....
And they're right. You can totally drink this neat without that nasty throaty burn you get from cheap vodka. Especially the sweeter flavors like the ones I tried - cherry, vanilla and whipped cream, for example. Check out all the flavors here .
If you're feeling really ballsy, try the TOBACCO flavor. I was not feeling ballsy. And I cannot imagine many things better than the whipped cream flavored Ivanabitch with Sunkist Orange Soda (or use Diet to make it lower calories). Think creamsicles, people. I also recommend the Cherry Ivanabitch with a Coke. Boozy Cheery Coke! You're welcome.
Some other general tips from yours truly:
Vodka should be served ice cold. You can put it in the freezer - it does NOT harden. But it does bring the vodka to its natural flavor and consistency and allows you to serve it straight. Why is that fabulous? More room in the glass for more vodka without ice.
If you have the forethought, put a couple glasses on the freezer for an hour. Also handy if you don't have time to freeze the vodka. Then you could add a couple ice cubes and it's pretty much the cold you need to enjoy it.
A lot of people will tell you vodka does not smell. This is only kind of true. Take a deep whiff - if it smells sort of sweet and subtle, you've got it. If it smells medicinal, get rid of it. Pour it out and don't even drink it. No, really. Cheap vodka is horrible and should be banned. Let's get some top people on this.
Does the vodka have a blue or yellow tint? That's actually okay. I've even seen pink vodka and the Ivanabitch vanilla vodka, for example, is a golden yellow.
Does it burn going down? Again, get rid of it. Unless you're shooting it. I guess I'll allow you to shoot cheap vodka but know that it's almost a crime against humanity to do so.
Special thanks to my co-workers, who helped me take this stuff out for a spin. (Although, to be fair, I gave them free liquor. They should really ba thanking me, don't you think? Where are my flowers and applause, you guys?)
I'm not super top-notch at staging artistic photography but you get the idea. I mean, I've never lied to you before, I'm certainly not going to now. This is really fabulous vodka and I'm totally going to become a customer.
And, ADDED BONUS: Low-cal cocktails, courtesy of my new favorite vodka brand. Pin this if you love it, ladies. (Guys, too. And if you're a guy using Pinterest, tell me so. I'd love to know you.)