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The Spirit(s) World – Balls Vodka

Balls Vodka is a beverage with a definite sense of humor. From its bikini-clad blonde on the one-liter bottle to playful marketing, it’s about serving an ultra-premium product with a spirit of fun. Yoav Sisley, the man behind the brand, was in the spirit business for 18 years before making this product, his first custom vodka.
The bottle delivers smooth flavor, crispness, and an agreeable, clean taste and is also gluten-free with no GMOs unlike some corn-based vodkas. Distilled in the Midwest, the important dilution process is done in Rochester, NY because, the company points out, the most important factor in the ultimate flavor is that it be diluted with the cleanest, purest water available. There is no ethanol flavor or unpleasant burn – just the pleasant heat and taste of a well made spirit/
So raise your glass a toast a vodka with a ballsy sense of fun.

The Spirit(s) World – Hophead Vodka, Anchor Distilling Co.

The flavor of hops is the first thing you notice in Hophead Vodka, a product from San Francisco’s Anchor Distilling Co., made with two kinds of hops from Washington’s Yakima Valley.
The vodka was the company’s first new spirit for the 21st century and in line with Anchor’s pioneering steps since the early 1900s. You pick up on the flavor of the hops, noting the lack of bitterness. It’s 90 proof and not filtered, which maximizes the flavor delivery. It’s a clean, distinctive vodka with hoppy notes.

This is a great vodka for making cocktails – try it in a Hopped Up Mary, Hophead’s take on the Bloody Mary, or a Hophead Dirty Martini with olive juice. Mix 1/2 oz. olive juice with 4 oz. Hophead Vodka and add a dash of lemon juice, then shake with ice, strain into a martini glass and garnish with an olive.