...is that it doesn't taste like much of anything. C'mon, argue with me. If it had a flavor of its own, why would Absolut spend all that dough covering it up with a million different flavors? I mean, marshmallow--really?
That said, I don't buy cheap vodka. I tend to buy mid-range, decent vodka, and a bottle hangs around my house a very long time unless a bunch of folks show up wanting Cosmos before dinner. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with a Cosmo, by the way. Forget all that Sex in the City grumbling; it's a nicely balanced, subtle but powerful drink. Me likey. I'm not a snob.
The clear spirit that I like to mix with the most is gin. Silver rum has its uses (mostly cosmetic, in tropical-style drinks that want to look like pretty fruit juice). Ah, but gin...gin is flavorful, complex, interesting--and I'd go so far as to say that it makes for especially cheering drinks. Have an Aviation and tell me that's not true.
But my sister has been in town and she doesn't like gin. Hates it, in fact, and no amount of Singapore Sling temptation will budge her. So I've been thinking about vodka drinks for her. I mixed a batch of 20th Century Cocktails for Mr. Potter and me this week (gin, Lillet, lemon juice, dash of white creme de cacao) and we were both reminded of how much we liked that classic tipple.
I came across this similar drink on the reliable Internet Cocktail Database. It's called