Friday is here and I think I have fully recovered from National Martini Day 2012. Mark your calendars for June 19th and don’t worry about the long wait; National Martini Day can be kept alive in spirit all year. Every time a properly stirred martini is slurped down we celebrate and the magic of M Day is alive once more.
The business of the day.
I am back in bitters production mode and just started a new batch of my soon-to-be-famous BDW Passion Fruit Bitters. To do that, I had to procure some base alcohol. For my first batches I was lucky to find a bunch of Absout 100 on closeout for about $15 a litre. Sadly this deal is gone because I bought them all. I am reluctant to pay $30 or more per litre. Sure, call me cheap if you want, but I am going through lots of litres with my experiments and need to keep costs down. The question is what do any of you other bitters makers use? I can buy a 750ml of Wild Turkey Bourbon 101 for about $17 which is good for some more aromatic bitters, but I just refuse to pay more for vodka than I pay for a nice bourbon. Recently I found a vodka brand called UV 103 for about 12 bucks a 750ml. I did a side by side taste test with Absolut 100 and found that I think I like the UV 103 a little better and it is cheap. Cheaper than Smirnoff 100 as well. Over-proof booze is just not that prevalent on the shelves. I have to imagine that commercial bitters producers either distill their own base or they have a way of buying in bulk. Anyone that has any input on this please let me know.