Rise of the Chilli Vodka
WORDS BY MEGAN EVANS
Vodka as a plain, distilled spirit can be boring and tasteless. In small amounts it adds no additional flavour to a drink, and too much can cause that distinctive facial expression you get when you bite into something sour.
Flavoured vodka is the perfect solution. It creates a delicious-tasting spirit drink which gives you all the right side effects and doesn’t leave you with such a pungent aftertaste of ethanol. The range is also quite vast. You can have all kinds of fruity flavours; lime, apple and raspberry are the most popular, mixing well with many soft drinks for a fruity and uplifting taste.
But flavoured vodka has taken a new valiant turn. The spirit has recently undergone an infusion with one of the world’s hottest chillies; the intensely spicy ‘Naga Jolokia’ chilli. Even its name sounds daunting and intimidating.
Daredevils everywhere are keen to get a taste of this dangerous vodka produced by the Master of Malt distillery, which is rumoured to come with its own health warning. Even extreme lovers of heat are likely to experience severe difficulty in drinking a spirit, rated with a whopping 250,000 Scoville units.
So what is the point in this concoction? Those who enjoy and appreciate a subtle hint of spice and zing would probably be unable to handle such a powerful tasting alcohol, and could be in danger of spontaneously combusting. Anyone who dares to drink it would be breathing fire for several weeks, suffering far more than just a cloudy head the next day.
Surely any real taste would be completely overpowered by the ferocious bite of spice and heat that comes from the Naga Jolokia, attacking the taste buds with its extreme piquancy. There is, however, something to be said for choosing such a rare and fiery chilli, which can only be handled by the most experienced chilli connoisseurs. It could give amateurs a chance to taste such extraordinary flavours in a fun and different way.
Chilli vodka could give simple cocktails a powerful boost of exceptional taste, unlike anything you have ever tasted before and far better than the usual zesty sensations from other ‘spicy’ mixers. The famous and delicious ‘Bloody Mary’ blend could be renewed and enhanced by this potent chilli spirit. Although it must be stressed, this would not be for the faint-hearted!
I’m not sure that I would be brave enough to give chilli vodka a try; I for one would struggle to cope with its almost corrosive nature. But for those courageous and intrepid spice enthusiasts, this could be the perfect challenge if you think you can handle the heat.
Those with a high heat tolerance will also enjoy the flavour of Smirnoff Chilli Vodka in a complementary mix with ice cold soft drinks. Alternatively, try a single shot of Luxardo Sambuca Chilli and Spices for a warming take on their traditional anise flavour.
Remember to drink responsibly. For more facts about alchohol visit: drinkaware.co.uk