While we were on the road in Dripping Springs, Texas, we had to stop and see the Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery. Cousin Jack Crouch and I ran into Jason Ducharme, the head distiller for Deep Eddy’s who leads the crazy research and development experiments to try to find the next “out of the box” thing. What an interesting guy!
While Jason is in charge of the day-to-day making of the vodkas, like the best-selling Lemon Vodka or my personal favorite the Red Ruby Grapefruit Vodka, he also gets to play a little with science experiments to see what he can dream up. He’s self-taught and loves his job!
Jason shared with us a taste of a concoction he was playing with, aging vodka in a coconut shell in the sun for a week. He also shared another concoction he was again in the back.
If you ever get to Dripping Springs, head on over to the Deep Eddy’s Distillery. Just be careful… their drinks are so yummy that you might not want to drive home.
The current flavors sold by Deep Eddy’s include original, peach, cranberry, lemon, ruby red, orange and sweet tea. They are all wonderful when mixed with a little soda water or Sprite. Here’s a couple of recipes from Deep Eddy’s website just in case you want to get fancier:
Peach Iced Tea
2 oz Deep Eddy Peach Vodka
Top with Unsweetened Ice Tea
Amarillo By Morning
1.5 oz Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka
.5 oz Lemon Juice
.5 oz Averna Amaro
.5 oz Honey Syrup
(Combine equal parts honey and warm water. Stir until mixed.)
Combine all ingredients into ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake hard and strain into ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
2 oz Deep Eddy Original Vodka
3 oz Grapefruit Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Pinch of Salt
Fill Collins glass with ice. Add first five ingredients to shaker tin with ice and give a quick two second shake to dilute and blend the salt. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with a wedge of grapefruit.
2 oz Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka
4 oz Grapefruit Juice
Combine all ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.