What can I say - I love the vodka. So I wasn't gonna turn my back on a new brand. I am an equal-opportunity drinker, after all. They just wanna keep sending me free things to try... I love "they" so very much.
Exclusiv vodka has a fresh, clean taste I would say tastes better than Smirnoff, to be sure. It is less expensive than Smirnoff, besides. It made for a great dirty martini because it has a nice, subtle peppery after-taste. Note: I seldom drink vodka straight but if someone is nice enough to send me a bottle to try, I always will. This pleasantly surprised me. The vodka market is probably more populated than the average consumer realizes and even I haven't heard of all of them. I certainly had not heard of Exclusiv, so I did not know what to expect. I was really, quite pleasantly surprised. And the blog entry title really just writes itself, doesn't it? Well done on naming the vodka.
If you are at all familiar with the BTI index, it might also interest you to know that with 91 points, Exclusiv scored on par with (my favorite vodka) Kettle One. I mean, that's a SOLID score. It's just a notch below Grey Goose, which is three times the price. So who knows? Maybe money doesn't buy you better booze.
So if you're a "bang for your buck" kind of person, this is a GREAT vodka to fit that bill. It has my "thumbs up." Or I should say "bottoms up," right? Well, we'll work on the ratings system...
And speaking of drinking, what holiday is on its way? St. Patrick's Day!
Here are some Exclusiv cocktail suggestions:
2 oz. Exclusiv Vodka
1 oz. Alize Passion Red Liquor
1 oz. Mango Puree
1 oz. Fresh Sour mix
3 Lemons, 1 Mango Slice
Combine first four ingredients in a shaker. Strain into martini glass. Squeeze 3 lemons. Garnish with mango slice.
12 oz. Exclusiv Citrus Vodka
4 oz. Grand Marnier
4 oz. Orange Juice
4 oz. White Grape Juice
4 oz. Pomegranate Juice
4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
2 oz. Simple Syrup
Exclusiv Bomb Pop