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What's wrong with wanting a drink made with vodka? [moved from Boston board]

wow robwat36, you must have really gotten sick when you were a teenager. I think you are the first true "vodka hater" I have ever encountered. :)) But, you know, you are right about the billboard thing. I just drove past a billboard advertising Coca Cola. I'll never be caught dead drinking it again. Of course there is nothing 'wrong' with drinking vodka. Millions of people do, in fact, obviously enjoy the spirit straight up, on the rocks or mixed with dozens and dozens of different "flavorings".

Jun 17, 2011
rjfunk in Spirits

Does filtering cheap vodka through a Brita filter really work?

Well, I for one, misspelled the name of Ketel one. And, I lived in Amsterdam for a couple of years. Oh well at least I am apparently not the only ignoramus when it comes to spelling brand names. foxpoet talks about there being substantial "differences" between brands of vodka. I agree there are substantial differences, but not in the "flavor" of the vodka. The differences I perceive are in the harshness or smoothness of the vodka on the tongue and going down the throat. I don't think of this as a flavor but more of an impact on the tissues of the mouth and throat. Perhaps this differentiation is causing some of the disagreement among the reviewers of the filtration process?

Jun 17, 2011
rjfunk in Spirits

Does filtering cheap vodka through a Brita filter really work?

As vodka is one of the spirits that "Really" does not have a specifically distinguishable taste as compared to rum or bourbon or gin, etc. I know that some vodka bigots out there are already screaming that their vodka of choice has a clearly distinguishable taste, probably with tones of chocolate, blackberries and an aftertaste of burnt cherries. Anyway, c'mon everybody, vodka doesn't really have a flavor unless it is flavored vodka.

I have found that using a Brita filter does, indeed improve the smoothness of lower priced vodka. I buy 1.75 litre bottles of Gordon's vodka for about $11 per bottle and filter it twice. The resulting vodka makes great martini's and just plain vodka on the rocks. I used to buy Kettle One vodka for at least three times that price and my filtered Gordon's tastes every bit as good to me. Oh, and by the way, if you are mixing your vodka with tonic or grapefruit juice or cranberry juice, or Snappy Tom mix or anything else with a flavor, buy the cheapest stuff you can find. It just won't make a difference in a mixed drink.

Jun 17, 2011
rjfunk in Spirits

Does filtering cheap vodka through a Brita filter really work?

I can only speak for myself. However, I was a Kettle One drinker for years. I never mix the vodka, just drink it over ice, perhaps with an olive. Several years ago, I started filtering Gordon's Vodka (blue label, about $12.00 per 1.75 liter bottle where I live). It works remarkably well. I only filter it one time through my BRITA filter, not multiple times like some people suggest. I use one BRITA filter for 6 1.75 liter bottles and then change the filter. I have tried this technique with cheaper vodkas such as Popov and it doesn't really make the vodka drinkable to my satisfaction. However, I was only fitering the Popov one time also. Perhaps mltiple filtrations would make even the lowly Popov palatable. Who knows? I will sick to filtering the Gordon'e. It is just fine and significantly cheaper than my old standby, Kettle One. By the way, Each BRITA filter costs about 6 bucks. So, I add about $1 to the price of each bottle of Gordon's by filtering it.

Feb 23, 2010
rjfunk in Spirits