Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Liberty Fields Porter's Perfection vodka – review and cocktail recipes

All the way back in the ancient times of 2015, Laura came across a new discovery… Liberty Field’s Apple Aperitif. Needless to say, she was pretty smitten.

Fast forward to the Christmas of 2016 (I know, that was bloody ages ago), and a bottle arrives for me from my sister in-law. It didn’t last past Christmas, and it looks like I’m about as smitten as Laura. It’s really delicious.

Liberty Fields were recently in touch to say that they’ve launched a vodka, too. It’s also made – of course – with their lovely apples. Specifically, Porter’s Perfection red apples.

It’s hand-made in small batches on Liberty Farm – an organic dairy farm in West Dorset – and was developed with the help of Lloyd Brown, the head mixologist at the Venner Bar in Bridport, if you’re ever in the area.

How does it taste?

Annoyingly, I think Liberty Fields have the description pretty much nailed. It really is like the first bite of an apple. 

I'm not usually a neat vodka drinker, but this could change my mind. On the nose it's a bit fruity and peppery, but overall it's just very clean. Taste wise it's crisp, with a very faint hint of apple freshness, and finishing with a mild pepperiness. 

If you're in Dorset, and within 15 miles of Stalbridge, you can get free delivery from Dike & Son, but if you're a bit further afield, you can buy it from Master of Malt for £31.95.

If you can't quite handle it neat, it made a very tasty martini, or there's a bit of cocktail inspiration below.

Cocktails and perfect serves

Vodka Porter’s & Tonic
50ml Porter’s Perfection
Slice of apple that has been soaked in lemon juice
Plenty of ice, and top with Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic.

Weymouth Seabreeze
50ml Porter’s Perfection
200ml cranberry juice
50ml grapefruit juice

Shake together and garnish with a slice of grapefruit.

Porter’s Pommes
25ml Porter’s Perfection
50ml Liberty Fields Apple Aperitif
75ml Fever-Tree Sicilian Lemonade

Serve over ice in a long glass with mint, cucumber and strawberries.

I'm going to have to get my hands on another bottle of the Apertif now... fortunately also available from Master of Malt for £10.40.

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