Have you heard of zakuski? They're basically Russian tapas. A parade of snacks, hot and cold, to enjoy while you drink. A couple bites of herring, then icy cold vodka. A little pickled something, and a little more vodka. And so on, until you're full and have made a meal of it. Sounds amazing, right?
We thought so. We're serving zakuski and a variety of house-infused Cardinal Spirits Vodka this Friday night at the distillery, if you want to give it a try.
All the vodkas will be served ice cold ( -18°F ) in small tasting glasses. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here.
Danish trout roe and wild salmon roe + Cardinal Spirits Vodka
Herring in white wine and dill on new potato + grapefruit/honey-infused Cardinal Spirits Vodka
Smoked pheasant and chutney on baguette + spiced pear-infused Cardinal Spirits Vodka
Wild boar, apple, currant sausage + apple/currant-infused Cardinal Spirits Vodka
BluBoy chocolates + chocolate/orange-infused Cardinal Spirits Vodka
Each table will also have two shared dishes:
Rye bread and grass-fed butter
(Side note: We were thinking about having this dinner outside on our patio. We're not going to - it'll be inside. But what if we had done it in the cold? Possibly in the snow, if it had stuck around? You bring the parkas, we supply the hand-warmers. Would it have worked?)
If you want to learn more about zakuski, here is an excellent introduction.