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Spring Cleaning: Three Handy Household Uses for your Old Vodka

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There’s no wrong place to enjoy a 100 Proof Martini.   Photos by   Joey Wharton  .

There’s no wrong place to enjoy a 100 Proof Martini.

Photos by Joey Wharton.

By now, you know that you deserve to replace your vodka with something ‘shinier–but that doesn’t mean you have to throw it away! We’re not monsters, after all. Vodka has plenty of practical uses that don’t involve your cocktail glass.

Just in time for Spring Cleaning season, we’re sharing some tips to put that tired old spirit to good use–and leave your house looking spotless in the process After countless experiments (and even more cocktails), our Director of Marketing, Brandon Day, developed these three easy ways you can repurpose your old vodka into the perfect Spring Cleaning tool. Oh, and since you know we won't clean (or do anything, really) without a cocktail in hand, we're also sharing a few cocktail recipes to make the whole dirty process a tad 'shinier. Let’s dive in!


Cleaning Tip #1: Remove Old Labels

We all know the old adage: Reduce, reuse, recycle, Rihanna. One of our favorite ways to cut back on trash is to repurpose glass jars and bottles, but getting those pesky labels off can be a bit of a struggle. The burn of your old vodka is exactly the kind of firepower you need to get those labels off.

While you let the vodka sit on the label, kick back and enjoy a sip of this new, improved take on the Harvey Wallbanger, made with our latest infusion Belle Isle Blood Orange.

HARVEY SHINEBANGER

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

Add all ingredients to a mixing tin over ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.


Cleaning Tip #2: Sanitize Surfaces

We’re not saying you should dump your vodka down the drain, but did you know you can DIY a simple surface cleaner with it? All you need is vodka, water, and your choice of essential oils combined in a spray bottle.

Even though you just cleaned your bathroom, now it’s time to treat yourself by dirtying things back up. That’s right - we’re talking about our take on the classic Dirty Martini, swapping out vodka for the smooth taste of Belle Isle 100 Proof.

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with olives, lemon twist, or any other garnish you'd like. Feel free to customize this recipe to make your ideal martini!

 


Cleaning Tip #3: Fight Off Home Invaders

Vodka’s amazing ability to burn your tastebuds is surpassed only by its capacity to kill pests that can infect your beloved houseplants. Vodka is a great alternative for stopping insect home invaders, as it is much gentler on your plant than harsh, chemical-filled insecticides. If you were hoping for a vodka-based solution to stopping actual home invaders, we’d suggest a taser instead.

Saving your plant from invasion is hard work. As a reward, mix yourself up this floral-inspired twist of The Aviation, featuring a splash of citrus using Belle Isle Ruby Red Grapefruit.

The Earhart

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

Drop one Luxardo cherry into a chilled coupe glass. Combine remaining ingredients into a mixing tin with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into coupe.




HAPPY CLEANING!

Still thirsty?


Belle Isle Moonshine is a premium, handcrafted spirit proudly hailing from Richmond, Virginia.

We take the name Belle Isle from a small, 540-acre island located smack dab in the middle of the James River where Civil War soldiers used surplus corn rations to make moonshine in copper kettles.

Belle Isle Moonshine is distilled from 100% organic corn, grown by three family farms and responsibly sourced. Once triple-distilled, we charcoal filter Belle Isle four times over. Then, we cut it with purified water right from the James River. Our infusions are made with 100% real ingredients, never artificial flavors or color. We use real grapefruits sourced from Texas and California, local honey from the Shenandoah Valley, organic habaneros grown an hour away, and freshly roasted coffee beans from the most socially conscious roastery in Richmond, Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

From there, each bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine is filled, corked, labeled, and packed by hand by our Production team, who check each bottle and batch for quality assurance. Since Belle Isle is made in small batches, you can find the batch number handwritten in the bottom right corner of each bottle.

Distilled from good times and 100% organic corn.

Say Hello to Ruby Red

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Much like the Honey Habanero, the Ruby Red is designed to be sipped alone or mixed into a delicious cocktail. Here at Belle Isle, our team prefers it topped with soda and a squeeze of lime. In fact, Ruby Red herself was inspired by the Honey Habanero infusion, which we all enjoy mixed with fresh grapefruit juice. It was a logical, and delicious, next step.

Gregg Brooks: Home Bar Essentials

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Long gone are the days of your friends showing up to the house and being handed a shot of Kentucky Gentleman and a Bud. It’s time to step up your game. No fear, you can keep it simple and begin with the basics and add on as you get comfortable making that terrible face you’re bound to make as you shake the the heck out of an egg white cocktail. 

Kim Childs: Bar Styling Guide

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“I get a bar cart and it’s gone in hours,” says Kim. “They are becoming impossible to hold onto.”

Vintage barware may be trending, but it’s what the cart represents that really piqued our interest.

“When I’m entertaining, my bar cart becomes a centerpiece. It’s a place my friends gather around to make adult drinks, and inevitably the items on the cart turn into conversations themselves.”

Our Process: The Making of Belle Isle

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A premium spirit like Belle Isle isn’t just made, it’s painstakingly created with eyes equally focused on quality and taste. Whether we are making our 80 proof Premium Moonshine, infusing it with our Honey Habanero, or kicking it up a notch with Belle Isle 100, every batch starts with a 100% organic, corn-spirit base that also happens to be gluten free. By sticking with a traditional moonshine mash bill, and using corn, rather than sugar, wheat, or rye, we’re able to capture a sweetness on the nose that continues through the palate – all the way to the finish.