Our Original King Cake Flavored Vodka has capture the excitement, essence and love of Mardi Gras. Bottle in France with the creative artwork of artist Andrea Mistretta makes this bottle a truly New Orleans Spirits.
Hmmm. Not sure about that last claim — it seems to ignore the limited-edition, short-lived Absolut New Orleans, the charity bottling dedicated to Gulf Coast restoration (the bottle had a harmonica on it). For some reason, Absolut thought the personification of New Orleans in vodka would be ... mangoes and fresh black pepper. It didn't taste bad, per se — just odd. (Though I have no idea what you could mix it with.)
But the most truly New Orleans spirit I ever got was at a long-ago Krewe du Vieux parade, where a stumble-drunk marcher made her way out of the crowd, gave me a sloppy kiss and handed me a plastic grocery bag, saying "I can't do any more." Inside was a stack of Solo cups, a jumbo-sized jug of Ocean Spray cranberry juice and a plastic bottle of K&B vodka. The resulting creation tasted like jellied cranberry sauce flavored with rubbing alcohol, but it got the job done.
Anyway: king cake vodka! The Gambit editorial staff is up for a tasting. We tried Rouses Markets, but they didn't have it in yet, so we're trying Dorignac's and will report back. If it's not good, we'll feed it to Rex Duke.