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2007-04-23

>pomegranate vodka, et al.

The vodka craze is far from over.

Okay, I happen to like vodka, and it's my preferred spirit for cocktails, precisely because its taste is neutral. But e
ven if I could tell the difference, I cannot see myself going gaga over super top-shelf picks. The success of premium flavored vodkas still boggles my mind.

It was sort of interesting when I saw vodkas made from grapes and not potatoes or grains such as wheat or rye, not that it would make appreciable taste difference.

But most novelty vodkas are flavor-added vodkas, and we routinely see anything from cherries to cherimoyas, chillis to cumin. Apple, raspberry, guava, kiwi, fig, peach, lemon, lingonberry, currant, lime, melon, mandarin orange, pear, green tea, vanilla... etc. etc.

And pomegranate vodka.

I was hoping this wasn't flavored vodka, but vodka distilled from pomegranate pomace. Which sounds feasible if you consider the popularity of pomegranate wine in the Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe. Not that it'll ever be a rival to the mighty grape, pomegranate is a staple ingredient, and is used for all sorts of intriguing sauces such as the Azerbaijani narsharab (narşərab), Turkish nar eksisi.

I will try a vodka distilled from pomegranates when it becomes available. Not that I could tell the difference!

7 comments:

  1. I like vodka too.Vodka in cocktails.

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  2. Anonymous7.6.09

    Try using soju instead of vodka.

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  3. pomegranate lover7.6.09

    Which brand is the best?

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  4. RealMartini7.6.09

    Pearl Persephone
    Pama
    Smirnoff
    Van Gogh
    Charbay

    But I just get regular vodka and infuse it with fruit.

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  5. I've always thought we should be seeing more pomegranate orchards here in California, although I don't know much about it. Climate suitability, etc. Vineyards still rule, of course, and they are lovely to look at, but wouldn't it be wonderful to see alternative fruit wine industries bloom right here in Napa and Sonoma?

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  6. pomegranate lover7.6.09

    According to http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/pomegranate.html

    Origin: The pomegranate is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and was cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout India and the drier parts of southeast Asia, Malaya, the East Indies and tropical Africa. The tree was introduced into California by Spanish settlers in 1769. In this country it is grown for its fruits mainly in the drier parts of California and Arizona.

    Adaptation: Pomegranates prefer a semi-arid mild-temperate to subtropical climate and are naturally adapted to regions with cool winters and hot summers. A humid climate adversely affects the formation of fruit. The tree can be severely injured by temperatures below 12° F. In the U. S. pomegranates can be grown outside as far north as southern Utah and Washington, D.C. but seldom set fruit in these areas. The tree adapts well to container culture and will sometimes fruit in a greenhouse.

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  7. Anonymous7.6.09

    Hello.

    Try Israeli kosher pomegranate wine. Rimon wine.

    Pomegranate is one of the fruits allowed as temple offerings in the Bible.

    Their product line includes dry white wine, dessert wine, port and rosé.

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