Earlier this month I was contacted by the PR and Social Media Coordinator for Quaker City Mercantile asking me if I wanted to try Spodee White, the latest variant from Spodee Wine, a spirit based in the Philadelphia area. I said sure, since what 20 something wouldn’t like a bottle of wine sent her way? However, Spodee White isn’t just your average wine, it’s a wine fortified with high proof moonshine that you mix into cocktails, just like a spirit.
If you’ve ever watched the popular HBO series Boardwalk Empire, you would have heard the term “hooch.” It’s a colloquial term for alcoholic beverages that was popular during Prohibition and the Great Depression here in the United States. In the case of Spodee, its origins are historically inspired from this era. Depression era hooch was a “deceptively strong, sweet, easy-to drink beverage made from a mix of country wine and whatever else was lying around-fruits, herbs, spices, and of course, the mainstay-moonshine.” Spodee White is a whopping 36 proof and comes in the type of bottle your grandparents would have grown up with when milk was still delivered to your front door.
Spodee White is the creation of the spirits mastermind Steven Grasse. He takes what is considered “traditional” in the world of alcohol and throws it out the window, all the while completely reinventing it. Responsible for the immensely successful Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, and Art in the Age of Craft Spirits, Spodee follows suit since he has now developed a wine that mixes like a spirit. He notes that it’s delicious chilled on its own or mixed in citrusy cocktails (think sangria).
When I received the bottle, it came with a couple of cocktail recipes. Although I was tempted to go with a favorite of mine (sangria) I opted to try something new, something I had never made before and something I don’t think I’ve drunk in almost a decade-a piña colada. I had a can of coconut milk lying around and having to obtain pineapple and lime juice seemed minimal. It wasn’t your typical piña colada but that was actually a good thing. I remembered them as being very sugary and sweet. This was still sweet thanks to the coconut milk and pineapple but it also had a bit of a tart kick to it which I enjoyed and which made it taste more like an alcoholic beverage and not just a liquid sugary mess.
I still have some Spodee left over and will be tempted to try either the sangria or a hurricane…
Spodee is produced and bottled at America’s oldest winery, Brotherhood, and is available in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Georgia liquor stores for $8.99 per 500 ml bottle. If you don’t live in one of those three states, you can order it online by clicking here. For more information about Spodee, click on this link.
3 parts Spodee White
1 part fresh lime juice
1 part coconut milk
1 cup frozen or fresh pineapple chunks
-Blend all ingredients with a cup of crushed ice in a blender until smooth. Pour into an empty glass. Garnish with a pineapple slice (or maraschino cherry) and serve!
Disclosure-While I was given a complimentary bottle in exchange for my review, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.