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Van Gogh PB&J

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Peanut Butter Jelly Time! Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

I’ve been waiting for a while to review this little masterpiece. I couldn’t wait to get my nut cracking hands on a bottle and see what kind of elementary school craziness the Dutch pumped into this 70 proof neutral grain spirit.

The bottle states that PB&J is flavored naturally, as well as artificially with peanut butter and raspberry jelly, so I approached with caution. To my surprise, the nose really smelled like peanut oil, almond butter, trail mix, raspberry hard candy and neutral grain. It’s subtle, subdued and quite simple without any indications of a poorly made distillate.

It tastes like jelly, first and foremost, bolstered by grain and followed by the nut medley mentioned above. The peanut really stands out in the finish and although PB&J is distilled to a lower proof, a trending style within the world of flavored vodkas, it’s not too sweet. It’s not bad. Not bad at all. In fact it’s one of the most drinkable flavored vodkas I’ve had in a long time, even over more simple flavorings like fruits and teas.

Because PB&J is so balanced and subtle, it tends to get lost within cocktails. Here are a few simple drinks:

 

Fluffer N.A.D.E.R. (contributed by Michael Musella)

1 oz PB&J

1 oz Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka

Combine over fresh ice in a Highball, top with soda, garnish with an orange slice

 

 

Bag Lunch Cocktail

1.5 oz PB&J

.25 oz Cointreau

.75 oz Unsweetened unfiltered cranberry juice

.75 oz Fresh lemon juice

.5 oz Agave Nectar

Shake, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon wheel

 

PB Aperitivo

2 oz PB&J

1.5 oz Cocchi Americano

1 dash Miracle Mile toasted pecan bitters

Stir, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a raspberry

 

After School Special

1.5 oz PB&J

.5 oz Appleton VX

.75 oz Fresh lemon juice

.75 oz Orgeat

Shake, strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass, garnish with an apple fan

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