Hangar One’s flavored vodkas

Make way for natural selection
By GENEVIEVE RAJEWSKI  |  July 11, 2006

Flavored vodkas may go down easier than their “real” brethren, but they often have the misfortune of tasting, well, flavored. They’re the “purple drink” of the alcohol world: something you reach for with an embarrassed shrug as you pass by the stuff made with stiffer-tasting natural ingredients.

At least, that was the case until the arrival of Hangar One’s flavored vodkas. Handcrafted in a former airplane hangar, the vodkas are distilled from California viognier grapes, rather than from potatoes or grains. Better yet, they’re infused with exotic fruits, including “Buddha’s Hand,” an aromatic South Asian citrus fruit that looks like the upturned fingers on Buddha statues.

“Our Russian customers, who are always ahead of the vodka-buying curve, have fallen in love with Hangar One Mandarin Blossom, which tastes like a fresh tangerine,” says Wes Narron, general manager of the Wine Gallery, in Brookline and Boston.

However, it’s Hangar One’s Kaffir Lime vodka that transforms a prosecco-and-framboise cocktail into an elegant raspberry-lime rickey and perks up a lemon slush.

Available for approximately $33 at the Wine Gallery, 516 Comm Ave, Boston, and 375 Boylston Street, Brookline | 617.266.9300 or 617.277.5522

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