It’s cheap, so that helps, and they’re launching crazy flavored vodkas quicker than a Kardashian wedding. If the name draws a blank, just think of Three Olives Vodka, the guys that make froot loop vodka. White Rock Distillers were the “mad scientists” behind Three Olives, and more importantly their innovative collection of flavors starting with Cherry and Grape that put the brand on the map. After selling Three Olives to Proximo Inc in 2007, they launched the hot new French vodka, Pinnacle, and with it an ever growing innovative list of flavors. Their current portfolio includes wild flavors such as: Root Beer, Butterscotch, Fruit Punch and Cherry Lemonade. Their latest in release are “Cotton Candy” and “Whipped”, both of which I had the opportunity to sample this past weekend at a local tasting. The distillers in this case obviously realized that with todays drinking crowd, the ability create new and exciting cocktails that “wow” your mouth is what drives the business. With a line of crazy flavored vodkas like no other, they have insured that they will be in heavy rotation by bartenders around the world. Below are my reviews of each of their latest additions as well as a few cocktail ideas for you to try.
Pinnacle Cotton Candy: First thing you notice is the distillers ability to recreate the exact aroma of cotton candy. The base vodka has a very smooth finish with a clean smell probably aiding to the ability to capture the cotton candy aroma so easily. Those with a distaste for sweet in their beverages need not continue, but if you’ve got a sweet tooth like myself, this ones for you. The initial taste is very smooth and very sweet, leaving very little after taste and absolutely no burn. After initial sampling, I tried mixing with with a few different products but noticed it’s best mix for the moment is the basics, club soda, or a lemon lime based beverage.
Pinnacle Whipped: All I can say is wow. I immediately thought I was about to bite into a piece of whipped cream topped pie. It’s taste offers so many opportunities for desert based cocktails that my mind is already spinning. Much like the previously mentioned, it too is very much on the sweet side. However, because of the uniqueness of the flavor, it leaves an interesting after taste much like you would expect for a dairy based product that the vodka is trying to recreate.
The Best thing about Pinnacle, in its base vodka, is that it has the ultimate drink-ability characteristics. Smooth taste, clean finish, little to no smell. It virtually disappears in a mixed drink and those are the driving forces behind the companies ability to create flavors that make you forget it’s “just” vodka. At a price of around 12.99/750 and 18.99/1.75 liter, this one is definitely worth your time. Below are a few fun and easy recipes for you to try at home.
Cotton Candy Carousel:
2 oz Pinnacle Cotton Candy
1 Oz Coconut Rum
3 oz Club Soda
Splash of Grenadine
Mix in a glass filled with ice, add a cherry/lime garnish.
Cherry Cream Pie:
1 oz Pinnacle Whipped
1 oz Cherry Schnapps
4 oz. Energy Drink
2 oz Pinnacle Whipped
4 oz Lemon Lime Soda
1 1/2 oz Pinnacle Cotton Candy
Splash of Grenadine
Splash of Blue Curacao
Samples were provided courtesy of Pinnacle representatives. For more information on Pinnacle flavors and recipes visit WhiteRockDistilleries.com .
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