Are You Ready For Smoked Salmon Vodka?

Because there is apparently a lack of meat-flavored vodkas in the world, a distillery in Alaska has recently unleashed a version of the distilled spirit infused with the unmistakable taste of smoked salmon.

“I was trying to think of something Alaskan. What’s more Alaskan than smoked salmon? It was one of those epiphanies, I suppose,” one of the partners at Alaska Distillery says by way of an explanation.

He says it took the vodka makers 48 tries to come up with just the right blend of vodka and fish, and it wasn’t always a pleasant process: “Definitely the first few times we had our heave bucket close by… It was pretty bad, and you know, greasy.”

To make their fishy vodka, they smoke the fish using a secret process. Then they remove the skins and grind up the meat before mixing it with highly concentrated ethanol. This process produces a fluid that contains, “the flavor, rich color and essence of the salmon.”

Take it from here, vodka dude:

From there, we strain it out, and we take the fluid, which now is very concentrated smoked salmon essence, and we add that to our vodka. We do a cold infusion process, we filter it a couple more times, and out the door it goes.

And the vodka has been going out the door. The first shipment, to Texas, was sent on June 16. California drinkers in need for salmon-flavored vodka will soon be able to get their fix and the distillery is going through the process of getting the vodka into Washington state.

Meanwhile, it’s found a spot behind the bar and in the kitchen at the Bear Tooth Grill in Anchorage, where the bartender uses it to make Bloody Marys and the chefs use it for a cream sauce served over salmon and pasta.

“In Alaska, we eat a lot of salmon, it’s part of our diet,” said the bartender. “Either you eat the piece or you drink it. One’s going to give you a buzz, one’s going to fill your belly.”

Yes, but can you deodorize your clothes with it?

Move over fruit, meat-flavored vodkas moving in []


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  1. Fidget says:

    Then there’s the ice tea flavored vodka, and the vodka flavored beer. Though this is probably the best way to bring home a nice bear.

  2. smo0 says:

    So at the Double Down here in Las Vegas, they have the Baconator – which is a bacon flavored vodka martini.
    A friend of mine is a regular and offers to buy friends their drinks for the night if they can successfully down one of those.
    Only ONE person has ever taken him up on that offer – and that was a girl… and all night… the Bacon Martinis are ALL she ordered.


  3. danmac says:

    I can’t imagine how awful your breath would be if you got drunk off this shit the previous night and were puking in the morning. Of course, I don’t know if it would be possible for me to get drunk on salmon vodka…seems more suited to sipping and wincing.

    • finbar says:

      Excellent point, the thought of the morning after a heavy round of salmon martinis is frightful.

  4. Daverson says:

    Sounds vomitous.

  5. seth_lerman says:

    Goes great with bagels.

  6. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    So is this the second worse thing to come out of Wasilla, Alaska?

    That bait left, I wonder if a vegetarian can drink this, but a vegan can’t.

  7. Big Mama Pain says:

    It’s funny how the only drink that comes up when they introduce one of these ridiculous savory vodkas is a Bloody Mary. Vodka curdles cream, so not really sure about the cream sauce application….

  8. cash_da_pibble says:

    Drinking this in a martini? yarf.
    Although the visual- with a garnish of salmon roe rimming the glass- sounds pretty.

    Use it as an ingredient when cooking?
    Sounds promising.
    Their use in a cream sauce over pasta and salmon?
    Ooooo. I would love to experiment with it.

    • Big Mama Pain says:

      I was thinking it might be an interesting chaser for caviar, since traditionally it’s served with chilled vodka anyway

  9. Clyde Barrow says:

    lol,,come on folks. I already that some of you would jump all over this is it was bacon-flavored vodka.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      I thought the fact that this came from the same place as Sarah Palin would have brought them out of the woodwork.

  10. Quake 'n' Shake says:

    Meh… can’t be worse than Three Olives Bubblegum Vodka.
    But, if I had to make a drink with it, I’d do it as such:
    2 oz Smoked Salmon Vodka
    1 oz. Rendered Bacon lard
    Shake with ice, strain into cocktail glass.
    Garnish with dill weed and a spare rib.

  11. areaman says:

    I read last year in the WSJ vodka has peaked out. This could be the Edsel of vokdas.

    A Welcome Sign of Vodka’s Decline

  12. SkullCowboy says:

    Such a sacrilegious defilement of the water of life!!

    • areaman says:

      Wait!!! Isn’t whisky (or uisge beatha) the water of life?

      • SkullCowboy says:

        Only if you like whiskey… :)

        In the early 16th century the alcoholic beverage that is now vodka was called, among other things, aqua vitae. Water of Life. :)

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  14. amgriffin says:

    Does it mix well with Clamato?

  15. Hoss says:

    Sounds like an interesting combo — I’d try a chilled shot. But I wonder what the shelf-life is on this?

  16. midtower says:

    Strikes me as a poor man’s Gravlax…

  17. mattarse says:

    Slightly off topic but the Bear tooth grill has a dinner theater next door that is always great – beer and dinner with the movie :)

  18. Dustbunny says:

    I make my own salmon-flavored vodka at home.

    Sheesh, I can’t believe I’m the first to post that! Commenting standards are really slipping :P

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      I don’t think anyone has said it simply becuase making it at home has got to be an absolute horror-show.

  19. Snaptastic says:

    I remember trying some salmon-flavored cream cheese and thinking it was the most godawful thing ever… can’t even imagine trying this stuff.

    Is it supposed to be good to drink with cream cheese bagels?

  20. Serenefengshui says:

    My local has house-infused bacon vodka. I’ve seen the shots downed, but haven’t dared to try it myself.