By Wendy Newell
My sister, Christy, asked if I would like to review a brand of vodka for her called Veev. Would I? I mean … I guess … I suppose I’ll gather friends around and we can sit, chat, and sip delicious vodka drinks … I mean, if I must!
To make it an official tasting I invited over a handful of vodka loving girlfriends and prepped for a tasting party. I was able to get a bottle of Veev at my local Ralph’s without any difficulty. Well there was some difficulty but that has more to do with the inability pf members of my local Ralph’s employment team to focus vs anything that the vodka did. In fact, the promise of vodka when the problematic check-out was completed and I got back home, was what I needed to keep a smile on my face. Veev was a success before I even opened it, as it kept me from lashing out at some poor Ralph’s checker.
Once home I lined up the ingredients for the three cocktails I had chosen for us:
– on the rocks
– blueberry collins
– brazillian mule
Honestly I choose these because they were the three easiest recipes. Don’t judge. I was making dinner for everyone too so I didn’t have a lot of time to mix more than a 3 step cocktail.
We started with the Blueberry Collins mostly because I was cooking dinner with no one around and that is what I wanted to drink. I’m a Tom Collins purist which means gin. In fact I take great pleasure in ordering a Tom Collins at a bar and sending it back smugly informing the bartender, “This is a Vodka Collins, a Tom Collins is made with gin.” So I was very skeptical if I would like the concoction I put together with the help of Veev’s recipe card. (I’m going to hit you with some honesty here … I made this drink with lime juice vs lemon juice. I have no idea why I would do that. I can only assume I was thirsty and grabbed a lime and didn’t even question my sanity. It wasn’t until yesterday when one of the women who helped in the tasting texted asking for the recipe so she could make it for Super Bowl Sunday did I realize my mistake.) Turns out I liked it as did my friends! It was, in fact, the big hit of the night. The best part of the drink was, what we called, the “drunken blueberries” at the bottom of the glass. Veev soaked berries are DELICIOUS! You should definitely do yourself a favor and try them.
One of my friends, who obviously holds her liquor well, suggested we should have tried it on the rocks first to taste the vodka pure but that ship had sailed. We sipped some “on the rocks” next. Honesty time … again … I don’t usually like vodka on the rocks. If you haven’t figured it out yet I’m a gin fan and I’m not very happy that vodka has taken over the collins and martini’s of the world. BUT this vodka was goooooooooooooddddd! I kept saying that extending the word “good” the more I said it. My friends agreed and it was suggested someone tasted a berry after taste. My “smart” friend decided to read the Veev label and there it was, “infused with Acai.” Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle … we were right! That made us pretty darn smug.
Finally we tested the mule. At this point anything probably would have tasted good but a few of us are big mule fans so we had to give it a shot. It was good but, at that point, we had run out of Veev and had to supplement with some less delicious vodka I had just lying around. So sad!
All in all I was pretty darn impressed with Veev, as were the rest of the gals. Veev certainly won over this non-vodka drinker and if I see it at a bar I might just order a Vodka Collins!
Disclosure: Klout sent me a coupon for $25 off Veev Vodka. All opinions are 100% my own.