CORE Vodka

a still making CORE Vodka

This seems like a not-too-bad way to use leftover apples.

Check it out: two guys in Columbia County are launching a vodka made from apples. CORE Vodka is a collaboration between Tom Crowell, a brewery owner, and Derek Grout, a web designer (re)turned farmer.

OK, but why make vodka from apples? (Don't we have potatoes and wheat for that?) Here's the explanation from the CORE site:

We chose to use home-grown apples for our vodka because we happen to grow a lot of them. Almost too many. And what greater value can you place on apples than when used to make what the French call Eau de Vie, or "Water of Life"?

If you're curious, it looks like they'll give you a tour of the distillery. All you have to do is contact them to set up an appointment.

photo: Harvest Spirits

Comments

The old saying "an apple a day" takes on a whole new meaning.

This might just be my afternoon vodka talking, but I think vodka made from apples sounds pretty awesome.

Tuthilltown Spirits, outside of Kingston, also makes an apple vodka currently. I think you should still be able to find it in Empire Wine & Spirits in Northway Mall, and probably some other stores as well.

It's nice to see more microdistilleries. And it's interesting how much they're focusing on New York State agriculture.

I am sipping this as I'm reading this post. Core vodka is very nice, smooth, and definitely has a slight apple smell and taste. My daughter who is a mixed drink vodka drinker says it's yummy just straight. We started the bottle last night at room temp and the smell was prominent. Chilling it for tonight brought out the apple flavor! I will be buying this again.

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