Buddha's Hand Citron VodkaMADE BY TAMAR DISTILLERY IN UKIAH, CALIFORNIA
This vodka has the intensely bright flavor of lemons, but it's not sweetened, so it packs a perfect, citrusy punch without ever getting cloying.
It starts with pristine straight vodka, double distilled from wine grapes using both an antique Cognac still and a small modern pot still. They then infuse it with whole Buddha's Hand citrus fruit. (If you've never seen one, we recommend Googling it. It's pretty incredible.)
The fragrant "fingers" are basically all peel, and the pith (the white part of the peel) isn't bitter like you'd expect, so it's perfect for infusions.
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Upgrade the Lemon Drop! Combine 2 oz Buddha's Hand Citron Vodka, and 1 teaspoon sugar (superfine, if you've got it) mixed into 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice in a cocktail shaker, with lots of ice. Shake until very cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.