There’s a new crop of vodkas on the market — but don’t confuse them with grape-flavored or -infused vodkas. These are actually made from grapes. Idol, a premium brand from France, is made with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, and Cîroc, another French import, starts with the same overripe frosted grapes found in cognac and mauzac blanc.
Traditionally, vodka begins with a mash of grains or potatoes. What distinguishes it from other liquors is the distillation and purification process, which yields a highly alcoholic spirit without any detectable color, flavor or aroma. It looks like water, but goes down like fire. Not anymore.
“Just as in wine, the character depends on the fruit,” he says, describing them as elegant, with a refined smoothness and distinct but subtle nuances and complexities.
Rogan created this drink, named after the Greek god of wine, just for Feast! readers. Visit him at Lola or fire food & drink, and he’ll make one especially for you.
Pour 2 small drops Chambord in a martini glass. Swirl and throw out any extra. Shake 3 ounces Cîroc vodka over ice in cocktail shaker and pour into glass. Vigorously rub one mint leaf along underside of lemon twist. Turn twist to release juice, and rim glass with broken underside. Drop mint leaf and twist in glass. Top with delicate float of Prosecco or Champagne.