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Honey-Pepper Vodka at Your Rosh Hashanah Meal?

Trying to get creative for your upcoming Rosh Hashanah dinner?  Attempting to cram as many apple and honey related foods into the meal as possible?  Or do you just really want to attempt to drink like a genuine Eastern European?  … Read More

By / September 1, 2010

Trying to get creative for your upcoming Rosh Hashanah dinner?  Attempting to cram as many apple and honey related foods into the meal as possible?  Or do you just really want to attempt to drink like a genuine Eastern European? 

You might want to consider skipping the Ukrainian honey-pepper vodka; at least according to the A.V. Club taste test: “This stuff tastes like it was dragged through a Ukrainian forest by a traveling circus, only to be hand-filtered by my Ukrainian landlord, Eugene.”

That sounds truly horrible, but do people from Ukraine even drink that stuff? I don’t recall seeing it in the homes of any of my Kiev-born friends, who, thankfully, all have gotten jobs working on/around computers all day, so they were available to lend me a few thoughts on the matter.

One said that it was something that their American friends bought them presuming that it was something of a luxury [it retails at around fifteen dollars a bottle], while another told me that the first time vodka ever made him vomit, it was from drinking the golden honey-pepper kind.  The last one told me his philosophy that “anything that looks like painful piss will probably cause you to have painful piss.”

So there you have it: never, under any circumstances, drink a bottle of honey-pepper vodka.  It will probably burn when you pee it out.