PuraVida76 - Ketel One and soda..just a lemon...thanks, honey.
I read somewhere that vodka exists to make other things alcoholic.
Not sure I totally agree with that but it seems to be true for Ketel One... It really feels like it has no taste or aroma whatsoever.
per the encyclopedia britanica: Vodka, distilled liquor, clear in colour and without definite aroma or taste, ranging in alcoholic content from about 40 to 55 percent.
i avoid it as it doesn't add anything to the drink but alcohol. it's a great pan deglazer though. evaporates faster than water and is flavorless.
I can definitely feel taste and aroma with other vodkas, especially Ciroc which is distilled from grapes.
Ketel One felt boring.
all vodka is boring in my opinion. it's like comparing different kinds of water. is there a difference, sure. does it matter in a cocktail,no. in fact, the ice you use probably has a bigger impact. not that you have to get crazy about your ice, but you don't want to use the ice you've had in the freezer for a month. ice actually can take on all kinds of odors.
Hmmmm I have a bunch of ice molds for whisky in my freezer. I havent noticed any issues with flavor but I am going to start paying attention and see if I need to make new ones more often.
could depend on the mold too. if it's completely covered, it could protect the ice from absorbing odors. i meant the ice tray really. there's lots of opinions out there on ice but from what i've read, and what seems to make the most sense, is that you typically just use the ice on top that gets replaced all the time while the ice on the bottom can stay for months and then you have a party and boom. your putting old ice, that's been absorbing minor odors from food for weeks, into cocktails.
like i said, it doesn't have to be special, just something to be aware of. empty your ice tray several days before a party or go get a bag instead.