Covington’s Sweet Potato Vodka from North Carolina is America’s Vodka. Actually, it makes every cocktail the best!
Vodkas around the world should take notice! There’s a new vodka on the horizon distilled from sweet potatoes and it is exquisite! Covington Gourmet Sweet Potato Vodka is a beautiful reflection of our proud Southern heritage and the fruits or sweet potatoes from North Carolina. Covington is actually the name of the species of sweet potatoes that make the vodka.
The wildly popular 2014 Music City Food and Wine Festival in Nashville hosts many new products on the market, especially artisan spirits. The Covington Gourmet Sweet Potato sign caught my eye and I couldn’t resist finding out more because I am passionate about artisan small batch spirits that reflect the local farmers, especially in the South.
On the left is Mary Rich, PR and Marketing. The gentleman in the photo is Jimmy Burch’s son, Jared Burch and on the right is Elizabeth Revell, who helps with the Vodka brand and helps run Burch Farms. The owners are Jimmy Burch and Bobby Ham, who live in eastern North Carolina. They have a 7000 acre farm in Faison, NC, on the way to Wilmington, just off of I-40 where the famed, Covington Sweet Potatoes are grown.
How I drink sweet potato vodka….
Lately, I have enjoyed creating cocktails with vodka because that’s what I like! Little did I know that this gourmet vodka from North Carolina would kick my Moscow Mules in the beautiful Oggi Moscow Mule Copper Mugs way up at to the top of my cocktail list. Or, a couple of splashes over ice is another way to enjoy it. I can’t say that I have enjoyed that experience with other vodkas. You don’t even need an olive to enjoy the velvety mouthfeel and delicate creamy flavors. Keep a chilled bottle of this exceptional vodka so you can share an authentic flavor of the South with your friends.
Listed below is my favorite Moscow Mule recipe. Covington Gourmet Sweet Potato Vodka adds a rich, balanced layers of flavor that pair well with a exceptional Bundaberg Ginger Beer that has big flavors of fresh spicy ginger and lots of bubbles. I do like to add freshly made ginger syrup to give it yet another layer of flavor and because I love ginger! A splash of fresh lime juice and mint leaves completes this recipe for a refreshing vodka cocktail.
- ½ ounce lime juice
- Fresh, homemade Ginger Syrup (optional but I really love this addition)
- 2 ounces Covington Gourmet Sweet Potato vodka
- 4 to 6 ounces Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- In a saucepan, simmer 1 C water, 1 C sugar and 4 or 5 slices of fresh ginger until sugar is dissolved.
- Cool in pan and then place is a sealed container.
- Squeeze lime into a copper mug and drop in half lime.
- Fill the copper much halfway with crushed ice,
- Pour in the vodka and fill with cold ginger beer and a good slash of ginger syrup.
- Stir and serve with a lime slice and fresh mint.