i have been looking forward to writing this post for a long time now. the reason i’ve had to wait such a while is because i couldn’t get the product i want to write about until just recently. you might be wondering how that is possible since everything you could ever want is available with the touch of a smartphone or by quickly visiting a website to place an order. well, the reason i couldn’t just summon this product to my doorstep is because it’s only available in florida for the time being, and now that the suspense has built up greatly, i’ll tell you that what i’m writing about today is jacksonville’s first craft vodka carve.
vodka? yes, vodka. if i’m being honest, i wouldn’t consider myself passionate about vodka in really any way, but the reason this vodka is so interesting to me is because a former classmate of mine at uga is the founder! paul grey and i had a handful of classes together for our mis major, and although i doubt he even remembers me among a sea of faces, i recognized his face immediately once he started promoting carve back in 2014.
i had reached out a couple years ago, asking if online ordering was available for the product, but the answer unfortunately was no. they weren’t that big just yet, so i’d have to wait until my next trip to jacksonville to give the drink a try. but, in a fortunate turn of events, my boss ended up moving to fernandina beach and so sweetly brought back a bottle just for me! thanks, clinton!
after letting the carve chill in the freezer, phillip and i busted out the lemonade to make ourselves a perfectly refreshing drink in this hot, humid georgia july.
the smooth carve with the tart and sweet lemonade was just what the doctor ordered. easy to drink and no burn, phillip and i happily sipped them down with no trouble at all. now, i’m sure there are all sorts of distilling buzz words i could throw out there so that it sounds like i know what i’m talking about, but i’m not going to try and fool anyone. carve was a great mixer for our summertime drink, and i would be happy to purchase another bottle again if it means i get to support a fellow uga alum. go dawgs!