Paying homage to the depression era concoction called “moonshine”, the makers of Hendricks Gin bring us Spodee, a tasty new wine beverage. Don’t be fooled by the cute retro milk glass jars, as the horse on the logo hints, this wine has a kick! At 36 proof Spodee is great for mixing, enjoying on the rocks or even in food recipies!! Above all, it tastes good. Spodee has a full bodied grape flavor with a very notable chocolate presence. Many can’t help but compare it to raisinets or or tootsie rolls but its quite a bit more sophisticated. Rather than add more adjectives, I’ll see you at Wing King IV and let you be the judge! We give a hearty Big Bite thanks to Spodee for being such a gracious sponsor and look forward to sharing its yumminess with all of you! Until then, learn a little more about our new friend in the clip below.
Ah, the Great Recession. Will we one day reminisce with our progeny and recount the struggles and tribulations we overcame to emerge from the perilous aught 10's? What better way to get in the mood than communing with a Depression-era spirit. From Steven Grasse, the distiller behind the Hendrick's Gin and Sailor Jerry Rum comes Spodee.
Earlier this week, Epicurious picked up on a new kind of hooch being made by Steven Grasse, the guy behind the impeccably-promoted Hendrick's Gin and Sailor Jerry Rum. For our Great Recessionary times, he's trying to bring back something called Spodee, a spiced mix of fortified wine and moonshine that was born during the Depression.
Wine or moonshine? Wine or moonshine? If you find yourself trying to make this decision more often than not, then you’ll be happy to hear that Spodee has just hit the Philly market! Spodee isn’t your average wine; it is a wine fortified with high proof moonshine, that you mix into cocktails, like a spirit! Don’t fear the unusual because it’s said to be delightful and refreshing, unlike any drink before it.
Steven Grasse is the man behind Hendrick's Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, and the historically minded Art in the Age Spirits Root, Snap, and Rhuby. His latest creation is Spodee, an unexpected blend of fortified wine and high-proof white whiskey (commonly called moonshine). As with Root, Snap, and Rhuby, Spodee looks to the past and is based on the Depression-era practice of combining country wine with strong homemade liquor plus whatever else happens to be on hand, such as fruit and spices.
Coming from Philly's boozy renaissance man -- who's behind everything from AITA's retro hooch to Sailor Jerry -- Spodee is a 36-proof resurrection of a backwoods concoction of country wine, moonshine, and garden herbs made popular enough during the Great Depression that Jerry Lee Lewis later wrote a song about it, then set his piano on fire. For the new version, which tastes like high-end Raisinets with notes of cocoa and grapes, he's mixing sweet vino from Brotherhood (America's oldest winery) with his own "legal" moonshine, and packaging the stuff in old school, cork-topped milk bottles… sans delivery via the dude who's probably your dad. Because you'll no doubt be all, "But bro, how in the world could this white whiskey wine benefit me more than normal wine?", here's a situational guide that highlights Spodee's superiority: