Buckeye Vodka Honors White Castle, Skyline Chili and Tony Packo's With Signature Drinks

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Buckeye Vodka created the Buckeye Bacon Slider, Buckeye 5-Way and Buckeye Packo-tini cocktails to honor Ohio's iconic food businesses and promote creativity in home bars and kitchens.

Available in 750ml or 1.75L bottles.

Buckeye Vodka, the Spirit of Ohio.

Buckeye Vodka unveiled cocktails inspired by three legendary Ohio-based food purveyors: the Buckeye Bacon Slider honoring Columbus’ White Castle, the Buckeye 5-Way honoring Cincinnati’s Skyline Chili, and the Buckeye Packo-Tini honoring Toledo’s Tony Packo’s.

“We wanted to honor three incredibly successful Ohio-based food companies, and also have a little bit of fun,” said Jim Finke, CEO of Crystal Spirits LLC, parent company of Buckeye Vodka. He added, “We hope these Iconic Ohio drinks encourage people to explore new cocktail creations in their kitchens and bars at home. Our award winning vodka is a wonderful base from which you can build incredibly unique cocktails, or simply enjoy on the rocks with a twist.”

The recipes were developed by Rachelle Chiarappa, Buckeye Vodka’s mixologist, and include elements that can be prepared ahead of time and easily stored.

Buckeye Bacon Slider
1.5 oz bacon-infused Buckeye Vodka
3 oz seasoned tomato mix
Shaken and served on the rocks with a smoked sea salt rim, candied bacon strip, and cheese cube, cocktail onion and pickle slice on a cocktail stick.

Buckeye 5-Way
1.5 oz Buckeye Vodka
1.5 oz dark rum
1.5 oz five spice syrup
Shaken and stirred on the rocks with small bunch of thin spaghetti as stir stick.

Buckeye Packo-tini
2.5 oz Buckeye Vodka
0.5 oz dill syrup
0.5 oz Tony Packo’s pickle juice
Shaken and served in a martini glass with Tony Packo's pickle slices on cocktail stick.

“Buckeye Vodka’s creativity with their Iconic Ohio cocktails is a trend we’re starting to see,” said Robinson C. Cooper, Vice President and General Manager of Southern Wine and Spirits of Ohio, distributor of Buckeye Vodka. “We expect savory drink recipes with unexpected flavor infusions to become much more common in bars and restaurants in the near future,” he added.

Additional resources:

For bacon infused vodka:
Pan fry 5-6 thick cut strips of hickory smoked bacon until crisp.
Put the bacon and fat into a jar that seals, then add 4 cups Buckeye Vodka.
Make sure lid is secured airtight and store in an area out of direct sunlight
(does not require refrigeration).
In 2 weeks, strain the vodka to remove bacon fat and strips (coffee filter works) and mark jar “bacon infused vodka.”

For seasoned tomato mix:
16 oz tomato juice
1 tablespoon horseradish
1 tablespoon finely chopped dill
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Worcestershire to taste

For five spice syrup (yields about 2.5 cups of syrup):
Grind to a course powder (in a spice or coffee grinder):
5 cardamom pods
1 3-inch cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon Szechuan peppercorns (or sub a scant teaspoon pink peppercorns)

Toast ground spices in a skillet until they are fragrant (monitor closely so as not to burn).

Bring 2.5 cups of simple syrup to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of molasses and 1 tablespoon of honey. Add spices, simmer for 5 minutes, then let cool to room temp. Fine-strain (using sieve) spices out and store syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

For dill simple syrup:
Prepare 1.5 cups simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar) with small bunch of dill.
Strain and pour into an airtight container and refrigerate.

About Buckeye Vodka
Capping its first batch by hand in spring, 2011, Buckeye Vodka is a family-owned artisanal vodka company with a vision of bringing an ultra-premium vodka to consumers at a price that reflects Ohioan sensibilities. Handcrafted in the rolling hills of the Miami Valley, Buckeye Vodka utilizes water sourced from The Crystal Water Company, which has been supplying the Miami Valley with a better water option since 1919. Its state-of-the-art distillation process ensures an extraordinary purity and exceptional taste. We invite you to make Buckeye Vodka part of your next great Ohio celebration. To learn more, visit us online at http://www.BuckeyeVodka.com.

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