VeeV Acai Spirit [PHOTO]
I recently was sent two small bottles of VeeV Acai Spirit to try to hopefully make some sort of concoction with, I felt it was the best blog entry for Sunday Snacks and Spirits! At first, I was confused by these little bottles thinking it was some sort of vodka but upon further research, I was wrong. I’m still trying to get a grasp for what exactly this spirit is and hopefully I can put it clearly enough for others to understand.
The Acai berry has 57% more antioxidants than pomegranates or blueberries. This word “antioxidants” has been thrown around a lot lately. Most people know they’re supposed to have them and know it’s good when food has more of them but why? To start off, an antioxidant sounds just like what it does, it inhibits (anti) oxidants. The reason these oxidants are bad is because they cause free radicals which cause more and more free radical chains to be created & too many of them causes cells to die (think of oxidation like rust on something metal). This can manipulate your immunity ability and eventually speed up the aging process – and no one wants that!
VeeV is the world’s first Acai spirit, grown and harvested in the Brazilian Rainforest. (VeeV donates $1 per bottle sold back to protect the rainforest through Sambazon’s Sustainable Acai Project) On their website, they list a good number of recipes to make with VeeV but I decided to maybe try my luck at a bit of mixology & cross my fingers I don’t hide the true flavor of the spirit. First, I took a swig of it alone to get a base flavor and I quite enjoyed it. It had the texture of vodka but the smell was a bit stronger though it’s less alcohol/volume. There wasn’t too strong of a fruity flavor by itself but you could taste the consistency was different from anything else I’ve tried.
As for the cocktail, I found online a Acai sour and I happened to have all the ingredients and figured – why not? The recipe called for 2 parts of the alcohol which in this case was obviously VeeV, 3/4 part simple syrup and 1 part lemon juice; shake, strain & garnish. Overall, it tasted like lemonade with a bit of a berry after taste. What I like about VeeV is that it mixes like vodka but it definitely adds a flavor of its own and doesn’t bog down a drink with a strong alcoholic flavor.
Thankfully, soon, I will be able to try VeeV at Ruby Tuesday’s in a cocktail made by someone who knows how to manipulate the flavors. Once that is scheduled, I’ll give you a heads up to how delicious it was!