Celebrate National Vodka Day with Blackleaf Organic Vodka

Today, October 4 is National Vodka Day. It should come as no surprise that the best-selling spirit in the U.S., has its own day. However, with annual nationwide consumption topping 75 million cases, it is surprising it has not be granted an entire month.

Vodka’s popularity in recent decades has been driven by the fact that this “neutral spirit” is anything but that. Setting aside all the creative marketing, one must honestly ask why would there be liquor store shelves overflowing with different brands of unflavored vodka if the spirit truly was “without distinctive character, aroma, taste or color” (a description even the U.S. government has been forced to retire).

Nigeria-born Washingtonian Kevin Larkai certain believes his Blackleaf Vodka has plenty of distinction. Produced in France in collaboration with the Maison Rene Laclie, a leading independent distillery with a 120-year history of producing Cognacs and other fine spirits.

The first French-made organic vodka on the market, Blackleaf is made using copper pot distillation and with organic winter wheat and spring water natural filtered through champagne limestone.

Blackleaf Vodka can now be found in nearly two dozen liquor stores across the District.

Blackleaf Kombucha

Blackleaf Mule

  • 2 oz Blackleaf Vodka
  • 2 oz Fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 2.5 oz Ginger beer
  • .5 oz Ginger simple syrup

Black Excellence 2.0

  • 1.5 oz Blackleaf Vodka
  • 1 oz Chamomile tea
  • .5 oz Pineau des Charentes
  • .5 oz Agave syrup
  • .25 oz Yuzu juice
  • .5 tsp. (one capsule) Activated charcoal
Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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