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Absolut New Orleans

Postby TheBookPolice » Thu Oct 18, 2007 12:00 am

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I was apparently asleep on the job when this limited edition vodka launched (or maybe I was thinking more about the actual New Orleans than a drink named in its honor). It wasn't until today, two and a half months after Absolut New Orleans made its way to highball and old fashioned glasses, that I even knew it existed.

This variant was created to support NOLA charities, and Absolut has pledged 100% of profits from this blend for the rebuilding effort. The flavor? Mango and black pepper.

The rubes out there on the Internets don't realize that this is a great combination. However, good theory does not good product make, so I'm soliciting knowledgeable commentary.

I'm not, however, telling all y'alls where I found Absolut New Orleans, because I don't want the few bottles left to sell out before I can get back to 'em.

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Postby TheBookPolice » Sat Nov 03, 2007 10:09 pm

Well, I got my bottle, so I can reveal that Steve's on the west side has it. SuperTarget used to, and had it on clearance (clearance booze!), but I missed out on it as it sold out. Steve's has it for $22.

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Postby blunt » Sun Nov 04, 2007 3:12 pm

Huh.
Absolut gives me a headache but the ads are cool.
You would think there'd be people in tiny rowboats floating in the bottle.
Is that a harmonica in there?
Good thing alcohol is a disinfectant.

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Postby TheBookPolice » Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:55 pm

Sadly, no harmonica. Also not much of a black pepper flavor. But the mango-ness is nice.

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Postby Darthcrank » Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:05 pm

sounds cool, but I am having a hard time imagining what you would mix it with or into....

a fruity/spicy bloody mary perhaps?

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Postby TheBookPolice » Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:29 pm

Darthcrank wrote:sounds cool, but I am having a hard time imagining what you would mix it with or into....

a fruity/spicy bloody mary perhaps?

New Old Fashioned.

--or, some from Absolut themselves (thus the cornball names)--

Absolut Big Breezy

* 2 parts Absolut New Orleans vodka
* ½ part simple syrup
* 4-5 chunks of watermelon
* Dash finely grated black pepper
* Squeeze of lemon

Muddle watermelon, lemon juice, pepper and simple syrup. Add Absolut New Orleans. Shake and strain into cocktail glass.

Absolut Rebuilder

* 2 parts Absolut New Orleans vodka
* 1 part pineapple juice
* 1 part orange juice

Combine all ingredients. Shake and pour into cocktail glass.

Bourbon Street Jump - created by Marvin Allen at Carousel Bar

* 2 oz. Absolut New Orleans
* ¼ fresh tarragon
* ¼ fresh lemon juice
* ¼ simple syrup

Muddle tarragon, lemon juice and simple syrup in an old fashioned glass. Fill with ice and add Absolut New Orleans. Garnish with an orange slice.

New Orleans Collins - created by Michael Brewer at Commander’s Palace

* 1 ½ oz. Absolut New Orleans
* 1 oz. fresh sour mix
* Splash of soda

Build in a highball glass over ice. Garnish with lime slices.

Creolinha - created by Chris Hannah at Arnaud’s

* Half of one lime
* 2 oz. fresh cubed mango
* ½ oz. simply syrup
* 1 oz. Absolut New Orleans
* club soda

Muddle the lime half, mango, and simply syrup in a shaker. Add a scoop of ice and Absolut New Orleans to the muddled mixture in the shaker, shake, and strain over crushed ice in an old fashioned glass. Top off with club soda, and garnish with a lime wheel or wedge.

Pink Orleanade

* 2 oz. Absolut New Orleans
* 3 oz. pink lemonade
* 4-6 mint leaves
* squeeze of lemon
* lemon wedge
* mint sprig

Combine the Absolut New Orleans, pink lemonade, mint leaves, and squeeze of lemon in a shaker. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and mint sprig.


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