I was contacted by Hood River Distillers, proposing that I try their new “aphrodisiac vodka.” And eve n though I know that all vodka is historically aphrodisiac, I just had to know what made this distillation so special. Turns out, it’s ginger vodka.
That’s all I needed to hear. But what I still needed to find out is how it tastes.
An American-made vodka with an aphrodisiac infusion
This vodka is made in the U.S.A. with glacier fed spring water from Oregon’s Mt. Hood. It is a premium spirit with a carefully balanced infusion of flavor.With i
Packaged in a sexy, perfume industry-inspired bottle, Yazi is an invigorating blend of four types of ginger with the added complexity of cayenne, lemon, orange and red pepper.
How does this ginger infused vodka taste?
Expecting a spirit that came on hard and fast with heat, I was nervous to take my first sip. But Yazi ginger vodka’s flavor starts out mellow and slightly acidic. However, it slides into spicy toward the back of the palate. The heat is modest and overall the vodka is well balanced. After a few sips, it makes the tongue tingle and lips plump from the subtle zing of spice. A few more sips definitely raises the body temperature. Aphrodisiac? I should say so!
How to serve Yazi ginger vodka
With its remarkably smooth texture, this vodka is delicious on the rocks or in a simple and clean vodka soda. But you can also use it as the base for a lemon drop or a ginger vodka Moscow mule. The folks at Hood River Distillers also sent me their version of an aphrodisiac, cocktail, the Yazi Mischief, which we’ve featured in our cocktail recipes.
For more information on Yazi, visit the Hood River Distillers website.
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