Written By Guest Writer Libations / Spirits Jan 23, 2012 Meet Merridale’s Frizz: The Island’s Newest Local Spirit SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestFrizz is not your typical vodka. It’s fizzy, it’s distilled (not infused) with a blend of BC fruit, and it’s delicious. With virtually all other vodkas coming from potato or grain and then filtered with charcoal to remove the harsh taste, it is no wonder that the Frizz experience is effortless in comparison. Why make a fizzy fruit based vodka? Well, the idea came to Rick Pipes, co-owner and cider maker at Merridale, while driving down the Coquihalla after acquiring an entire inventory of high quality still and equipment from an Okanagan craft distiller. Hoping to create a spirit mainstream enough to appeal to the community, yet unique enough to fit Merridale’s existing list of craft ciders and spirits, Pipes took on the challenge of fizzy fruit based vodka. Costing ten times as much as conventional potato or grain based products, it is no surprise that only a handful of fruit vodkas exist internationally. “Even fewer carbonated vodkas exist,” says Pipes, solidifying Frizz’s position in a category of its own. Frizz bubbles gently in your glass without overwhelming. Though it took a few failures, Pipes now creates the lovely frizzante in Frizz by pressurizing small batches of vodka in sub zero temperatures for 20 days. Frizz is then bottled in clear French champagne bottles, specially ordered to highlight the purity while holding in the bubbles. How does the fizz affect the flavor? “…It’s kind of like S&M for your mouth…” says Pipes, explaining further “…the carbonation gets your pain receptors to respond which changes the way your taste buds experience the flavour…and when it goes flat it is still vodka.” Frizz can be enjoyed just as you would any other vodka but Pipes suggest trying Frizz in a champagne flute to best maintain carbonation. The fave Frizz cocktail of the moment is the “fizzy martini” made simply by pouring Frizz over cracked ice in a champagne flute and adding a splash of vermouth (or cranberry for a “fizzy crantini”). Currently, Frizz is sold exclusively at Merridale, but watch for it soon on the shelves of your favorite spirit purveyor. Picking up a bottle of Frizz is a great excuse to visit Merridale’s authentic cider house, bakery, bistro, distillery, and spa.By: Candice Suchocki Weir www.merridalecider.comMerridale Ciderworks Corp.1230 Merridale RoadCobble Hill, B.C.1-800-998-9908 ApplesMerridale Estate Cideryspiritsvodka SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Wine Events May 17, 2017 Coast to Coast – Ontario & Nova Scotia Wines Shined at the Vancouver Wine Festival. At the Vancouver Wine Festival 2017 only six attendees at a standing room only Coast to Coast media and trade seminar who, when asked if anyone had ... Read More Fortified Wine April 28, 2017 Madeira: intense, indestructible… and overlooked What comes to mind when you hear “Madeira wine “? If anything, it’s likely to be a dusty bottle sitting alongside the Marsala, balsamic vinegar ... Read More Okanagan / Wine Festivals March 22, 2017 Canada 150: The Purity and Diversity of BC Wines The 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary with Canadian wines at the core. Punters lined up for a taste ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 15, 2017 Highlights and Sours at Victoria Beer Week After nine days of events, Victoria Beer Week once again poured its final pint of the year. Some may still be reeling (recovering?) from the ... Read More Coffee & Tea March 7, 2017 Is Your Coffee in Season? GROWING UP IN MANITOBA TAUGHT ME TO APPRECIATE SEASONAL fruits and vegetables. Unlike Vancouver Island, Manitoba has a brief growing season. All of ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 2, 2017 Victoria Beer Week Opens This Week For nine days starting this Friday, March the 3rd, Victoria celebrates its growing beer culture during Victoria Beer Week. Whether it’s a ... Read More Comments are closed.