3 Thirst quenching Colorado vodkas for summer

This July heat isn’t very cooperative for summer stout and whiskey drinking.

With the oppressive temperatures, thoughts turn to boat drinks and more fruit-filled fare for refreshing drinking. Vodka is a natural for providing a lighter bodied cocktail base, and Colorado has no shortage of quality products.

Here are three to try for mixing fun this month:

Boulder Vodka

Renowned for their Rhok and Ginski Barrel Aged gins, Vapor Distillery of Boulder makes this impressively clean, soft, super-smooth vodka. It bears a subtle sweetness that makes it perfect for sipping over ice or mixing into your favorite cocktail. They begin with pure Colorado Rocky Mountain water from the Arapaho Glacier and use only the highest purity alcohol distilled from corn to produce this pure, clean vodka. It also was awarded the Gold at the 2015 Denver International Spirits Competition.

Breckenridge

This award-winning vodka is clean and brilliantly clear with notes of lemon cream and fragrant meadow flowers. It has a light body with a soft, warm texture and a balanced mellow finish with just a hint of sweetness. The minerality of the local Breckenridge water lends just the right mouth feel. Perfect for shots or a well-chilled vodka martini.

Spirit Hound

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, just north of Longmont in Lyons, Spirit Hound makes all their offerings with local Colorado ingredients. They deliver a remarkably smooth, clean vodka with no additives and a satisfying, rounded mouthfeel.

These, and other vodkas from the Centennial state, can be found at select larger, family-owned liquor stores like Wyatt’s. Check out our “Clear Spirits Sale”, July 11-17.

3 Superior Colorado vodkas for summer 2018

This broiling July heat is not very cooperative for summer stout and whiskey drinking.

Thoughts turn to boat drinks and more fruit-filled fare for refreshing drinking. Vodka is a natural for providing a lighter bodied cocktail base, and Colorado has no shortage of quality products.

Here are three to try for mixing fun this month:

Boulder Vodka

Renowned for their Rhok and Ginski Barrel Aged gins, Vapor Distillery of Boulder makes this impressively clean, soft, super-smooth vodka. It bears a subtle sweetness that makes it perfect for sipping over ice or mixing into your favorite cocktail. They begin with pure Colorado Rocky Mountain water from the Arapaho Glacier and use only the highest purity alcohol distilled from corn to produce this pure, clean vodka. It also was awarded the Gold at the 2015 Denver International Spirits Competition.

Breckenridge

This award-winning vodka is clean and brilliantly clear with notes of lemon cream and fragrant meadow flowers. It has a light body with a soft, warm texture and a balanced mellow finish with just a hint of sweetness. The minerality of the local Breckenridge water lends just the right mouth feel. Perfect for shots or a well-chilled vodka martini.

Spirit Hound

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, just north of Longmont in Lyons, Spirit Hound makes all their offerings with local Colorado ingredients. They deliver a remarkably smooth, clean vodka with no additives and a satisfying, rounded mouthfeel.

These, and other vodkas from the Centennial state, can be found at select larger, family-owned liquor stores like Wyatt’s. Check out our “Colorado Spirits Sale”, August 2-8, to promote this weekend’s Boulder Craft Distillers Festival.

Helix Has the DNA of a World Class Vodka

The spirit of France meets the legendary water of Iceland in Helix, an exciting new vodka, now available in Colorado.

Helix is crafted by blending, for the first time ever, French Spirits derived from the golden wheat fields of Champagne with the world’s finest glacial water from Iceland to create an ultra-premium vodka. It’s this unique DNA that was the inspiration behind the name Helix, which is the shape in a DNA thread.

As the owners of Helix Spirits, Paul & Kristjan, sat at dinner contemplating what they were going to call their newly conceived vodka brand, Paul exclaimed, holding his index finger in the air, and wrapping his middle finger behind it, “It’s a marriage between a spirit of France and the water of Iceland.”

Packaged in full liter bottles, Helix is compellingly packaged and priced for both professional and home bar settings.

Using wheat from the Champagne region of France, Icelandic water, and carbon-filtering for purity, Helix has a nose that is fresh and clean with a hint of citrus. Its soft palate has light, enticing elements of vanilla cream, honey, apple, tropical citrus, bittersweet grain, and a hint of wood. These lead to a smooth, crisp finish with touches of lemon, pepper, and cream.

Helix is so alluring, it was awarded a Silver Medal for Best Premium Imported Vodkas of 2017, byTheFiftyBest.com.

Locally, you can “get the finger” with Helix at large, family-owned liquor destinations, like Wyatt’s Wet Goods, that offer you a superior selection with many new arrivals each week, in all departments.

When it comes to selection, more is always merrier.

Taste the tundra with Reyka Vodka

Reyka is an Icelandic vodka that consistently ranks in many top ten lists this time of year.

The Reyka Vodka distillery, 45 miles outside of Reykjavik, Iceland, is one of the most eco-friendly facilities in the world.

They collect frigid Arctic spring water from a source that runs through a 4,000 year-old lava field. The abundant lava rocks naturally filter the water making it some of the purest in the world. This gives their vodka an extremely clean and unique taste profile.

Reyka also powers its distillery with geothermal energy from the native volcanoes and entirely emission-free.

Distilled from wheat and barley, due to its pure, natural water and lava rock filtering (rather than the usual charcoal), Reyka Vodka maintains the character of Icelandic water, making it an excellent sipping vodka. Smooth and most satisfying, it can be enjoyed not only in cocktails, but chilled as an after dinner drink.

You can try this amazing European vodka, and a host of other spirits, at Wyatt’s Wet Goods. This local, family owned liquor store carries a myriad of choices for the adventurous drinker.