kelly magyarics

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Indio Spirits

A month or so ago, I got my hands on some sample bottles of Indio Spirits vodkas. Founded by John Ufford in 2004, these spirits are now distributed in 20 states, with more coming on in 2009. (DC and Maryland aren't on the list, but soon Virginia will be...)

The company makes a regular vodka, which won a silver medal at the San Francisco World Tasting Competition, as well as some flavored varieties. I've never been a big fan of berry-infused spirits, but the Oregon Marionberry is sweet but still palatable (it would be nice in a Cosmo-like cocktail.) Their Blood Orange is citrusy and true to life (to me it tastes a lot like Absolut Mandarin.) Truth be told, the Lemongrass Lime smells a bit like cleaner (as so many lime-based spirits do, in my opinion...), but the flavor is tart and refreshing. Finally, their Wasabi vodka has got a definite kick, and would make a mean Asian-flavored Bloody Mary.

You can get more info, including recipes and distribution, on their website. (FYI--they also produce a gin and a whiskey.)