A Peony For Your Thoughts?


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In my mind, I have just taken amazing photos of this pretty bottle of Peony Vodka surrounded by actual peonies of all colors. In these images the clear bottle filled with a “subtle blend of nine ingredients” looks like it’s floating. The flowers aren’t crushed and you can imagine the softness of the petals.

In reality, I learned from my friend, the Marketing Director at Selby Botanical Gardens, that you can’t even grow peonies here in Florida. So much for that idea. Plus, I’m not even a photographer.

What I am is impressed with this brand new vodka from Three Meadows Spirits. It’s out of  a historic 18th century house on a 200-acre farm in Hudson Valley, New York. A place where peony flowers grow rampant every June. And it’s an all woman company. #GirlPower

Peony Vodka definitely has a distinct smell and taste. It is distilled five times from American wheat, then filtered twice through charcoal.  The spirit is then blended with distilled water that has been further purified by reverse osmosis.  Nine ingredients, all naturally occurring botanical essence, including Peony, Geranium, Vanilla, Jasmine, White Pepper, and Gardenia are infused with the vodka. 

Their website www.peonyvodka.com offers some amazing craft cocktail recipes. Not being mixologists ourselves, we appreciate the inspiration. As usual, we didn’t have all the ingredients to make the Bitter End but just enough to improvise.

Their recipe:
Peony Vodka – 1.75 oz.
Aperol – 1/2 oz.
Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice – 1 oz.
Simple Syrup – 1/2 oz.
Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice – 1 oz.
1 egg white (optional)

Shake with ice, serve over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a grapefruit segment.

Our Version:
Peony Vodka – filled a couple shots into the shaker
Aperol – Big splash
Simple Syrup – a small splash (we always keep a fresh batch on hand using Demerera sugar)
Grapefruit Juice – Half of a real Florida grapefruit (so happy they are in season)
Basil – I just trimmed my basil plant and couldn’t bear the thought of wasting the fresh cuts. Muddled in the bottom of the glass.

Shake with ice, serve over ice.
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The is the absolute perfect summer cocktail for sitting by the pool. It was refreshing and delicious. I hope I can repeat the recipe again.

Cheers!

2 Comments

  • Andy Yochum July 31, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Sounds delicious! How did you like the basil? Would you use it again?

    Reply
    • Kim & Robert July 31, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      To me, basil is like bacon for everyone else. 🙂

      Reply

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