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Purus Organic Vodka ($19.99): This Italian Vodka comes from the Piedmont region. The Sacchetto family has been producing spirits in Italy for almost 70 years. In 1987 they began distilling organic grains. Purus is produced from water originating in the Italian Alps as well as the aforementioned organic grains. In addition to being certified Organic and GMO free the bottle and closure used for Purus are 100% recyclable. Purus is distilled five times and charcoal filtered.
As the name itself indicates there’s an inherent purity that runs all the way through this Vodka. Toasted grain, orchard fruit and a tiny hint of vanilla are all evident on the nose. The palate is smooth and refined with an elegance that belies the modest price point. Bits of white fruit are evident and accompanied by subtle spice notes. Limestone and wisps of white peach are in evidence on the above average finish.

Purus is pretty compelling sipped on its own or over ice. However it’s really a nice blending component for cocktails. The very reasonable price point assures you can blend it without guilt. Moscow Mules are about as classic as it gets and I found that using Purus elevated my drink and lent it a lovely purity.

Moscow Mule
1 1/2 parts Purus vodka
½ part fresh lime juice
1/4 Part simple syrup
4 parts Ginger beer
Lime wedges

Pour the vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, ice, and ginger beer in a shaker and shake. Serve in a copper mug or rocks glass and garnish with lime wedges.

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