Nearly 260 vodka brands were introduced in the U.S. from 2001 to 2006, according to market research firm Adams Beverage Group. “Swathed in purple glass, illuminated in pink, or infused with flavors like cherry vanilla, vodkas now account for about a quarter of all new hard-liquor brands, more than any other spirit,” reportsThe Wall Street Journal. The Stiletto is an aficionado of vodka martinis, so she has strong opinions about her spirit of choice:
† The finest vodkas are distilled from wheat. Only a peasant would drink a potato vodka, like Chopin.
† Unless vodka is going to be used for a frozen concoction and garnished with an umbrella, flavored varieties are verboten. No appletinis, mangotinis or any other types of tinis, get it?
† The Stiletto always keeps her vodka in the icebox, and spritzes a chilled martini glass with a mister filled with dry vermouth before adding the vodka. (She got her mister from Wine Enthusiast.)
† The Stiletto prefers Russian Standard, when she can get it; otherwise, Grey Goose (yes, but those Frenchies happen to make a damned fine vodka). It would be sacrilege to garnish these vodkas with olives, onions or lemon peel. Leave the vodka alone.
† Vox or Skyy are The Stiletto’s vodkas of choice when she’s in the mood for a dirty martini or gorgonzola-stuffed olives (or both!).
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