If you’re any sort of a “regular” here I’m sure that you are aware that I think beets are under-appreciated vegetables. I’ve posted a number of beet recipes that I’ve found on other blogs and that I like. Last week I got an unusual (I mean they don’t bombard you with emails) from the Brothers Vilgalys who produced the Krupnikas about which I posted. Well the email introduced some new liqueurs. (Note that this is a liqueur; it is not a cocktail called beatnik.)
The first that I’m sampling is the Beatnik. I don’t know what that conjures up for you, but it is a fantastic taste. (You aren’t surprised, are you? Not given my fondness for beets!)
I suppose that the last place you’d expect beets to show up would be in a liqueur. I was surprised when I read the description, but I just had to try it.
So, here is a liqueur with beets in it, described in the email as “An unusual liqueur made with Beets & Savory Herbs. Draws a bit of inspiration from an old Estonian liqueur I read about. Goes great with Gin drinks.”
I can tell you it is awesome! The beets are tempered/seasoned with orange zest, rosemary, thyme, sage, and fennel. I doubt that you could pick each one out as they blend so smoothly. I’m sampling it “straight” this evening, but I’m going to try a splash of seltzer, as I’ve found that the Krupnikas (for warm weather) does nicely with that.
There are three others. I had a telephone call from the Woodcroft ABC store this afternoon to let me know that these had arrived. The Beebop was missing (that one has rhubarb and other goodies), but Jabberwock (coffee, chickory and some spicy things) and Zaphod (which is a fruity, minty one) were available. I’ll be reporting on those in the fairly near future.
I’m just entranced by the nose of the Beatnik. The beets are certainly not obscured by the herbs and the orange zest–it all just blends together into a lovely earthy, beety, resiny, woodsy flavor. In a word, awesome.
It gives me some ideas for seasoning beets as a vegetable too.
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Be careful with the Zaphod. It could leave you feeling like you have two heads 🙂
P.S. I love beets, though I doubt I’ll find this liqueur around here.
You might be surprised. I think at least some is on sale in all 50 states. Maybe I’ll have to bring you a bottle in exchange for advanced beekeeping lessons or something.