It seems like an odd connection for this blog, but I was recently sent two bottles of Ivanabitch vodka to review because, I suppose, they think my readers are heavy drinkers. I'm not sure where they would get that impression.
Anyway, not being much of a vodka drinker, my wife and I did the only rational thing. We invited a bunch of friends over, bought tons of mixers and had ourselves an Ivanabitch vodka party.
First of all, the name turned off at least one of our guests because she does not care for the b-word. Fair enough.
But, otherwise it made for a good evening. We had the Dutch apple (I figured Dutch was remotely related to biking) and coconut flavors, so we went to their recipe page and took turns making their recommended drinks for each.
The painkiller (made with coconut) was by far the favorite. "It tastes like the islands" someone said. Forbidden Fruit, made with the apple, was not well received until my genious wife added seltzer water to it and everyone agreed that it was much improved. Candied Apple also went over well.
We had beer there, in case the vodka was undrinkable, but by the end of the night the entire bottle of apple was gone, as was half the coconut. All in all, I would say it was a hit. If you like your vodka tasteless and odorless, or with the cache of a Grey Goose, this is probably not the product for you. But if you're looking for fun (and it's clearly aimed at a younger demographic), and drinks that are sweeter (and I'm an admitted girl-drink-drunk) then this is worth a try at least. It can be bought at any of these fine establishments.
The only downside came the next morning, when the kids rudely awoke us at 6:30am and we wished we'd stopped one drink earlier. It was a rough morning. When sold to 40-somethings it should really come with a morning nanny or something.
And remember - don't bike when drunk.