We usually abandon red wines in summer for the crispier, somehow more hydrating whites. But recently we tasted a red we can hang with during the summer (and winter for that matter), Spodee.
before you think i’ve turned into a complete nutter, hear me out. i went to see the pittsburgh symphony play music from the legend of zelda games. it was called ‘symphony of the goddesses’ and you can read a really nice review of the experience here. i only saw a couple people dressed up as link and i wore a simple summer dress mind you i’m not an animal.
White Mule Farms had us hooked at “wine with a kick.” Spodee ($9+) combines prohibition history — one of our favorite eras — with a witch’s brew of flavors that does pretty well to defy genre and description. Its makers call it depression era hooch, but even they admit it’s a drink shrouded in secrecy; no one knows who made it first, or even why it’s called “spodee”. What we do know is that the drink’s great grandpappy was wine mixed with moonshine mixed with whatever else was around and sounded tasty.
Spodee fortified wine is designed to be a mixer. If you’ve never been tempted to try a calimocho might a new fortified wine designed as a mixer encourage you?
Spodee wine with a kick -
This 36 proof drink contains a mixture of wine, herbs, spices, fruits, and ‘shine, packaged in an down-market milk bottle container. USD 11.99
It's true that moonshine isn't the first thing we'd think of mixing with wine, but one taste of Spodee ($9) and you'll be a believer. Based upon the Depression Era drink of the same name, this 36 proof drink contains a delightful mixture of wine, herbs, spices, fruits, and 'shine, all packaged in an appropriately down-market milk bottle container. Drink it straight, or mix it with cola or OJ for a full-on cocktail.