A couple of weeks ago my Uncle Creigh was in town and bought some vodka on his way into my mom’s house. He bought a brand I was not familiar with called Covington Vodka. Covington Vodka is distilled in Snow Hill and made of sweet potatoes that are grown right here in the Eastern part of North Carolina. (If you know me, and know my fond feelings for the Eastern part of our state (thanks to my many Meredith friends from there) you know I was really, really excited to try it!) The vodka is smooth with its own unique flavor, and completely delightful. I drink my vodka with just a splash of sparkling water and was pleasantly excited of how smooth the taste was.
JE: Yam Slam Martini from Applebee’s. They are currently doing a trial in the Triad’s ten local locations. Around North Carolina Covington can be found at the Angus Barn and also 42nd Street Oyster Bar to name a couple spots.
I thought y’all might like to try the winning recipe from Johnson and Wales:
Winner: Maria Sangrienta Martini
2.5oz Covington vodka
5 oz tomatoes
1oz jalapino (seeded)
0.5oz lime juice
0.1 oz Worcestershire sauce
0.1 oz hot sauce
Season with celry salt & black pepper
Blend all ingredients except vodka, shake the blend over ice with vodka, strain into cocktail glass.
Make a foam with 3.5 oz of gelatin, 0.5 oz egg white, 2.5 oz of lime juice and 2.5 oz of celery puree. Garnish with foam & lime twist & small celery stick
D: Where outside of North Carolina can you purchase Covington and are you surprised at how fast if has taken off?
JE: Currently you can purchase it online outside of NC at www.internetwine.com. Soon it will be available in South Carolina and Georgia. It will be in twenty two states in 2014.
D: What has been the best surprise to come out of Covington?
JE: Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) is the second largest distribution firm in the country. They turn down nine out of ten products but have chosen to distribute Covington. It is validating to know your product is thought to be worthy of this.
D: What is the most important thing you’d like the readers to know about Covington Vodka?
JE: It is gluten free, “Best “Yam” Vodka on Earth!, and it is all local.
Again, I’d like to thank Jim who was so kind answering my questions and also providing more pictures to me. It was such a pleasure to talk to you and I wish you and your partners nothing but success with Covington Vodka.