National Horesradish is admittedly niche. Horseradish itself is typically just a condiment here in the US, not something that anyone I know eats by itself. Likewise, I’m not going to pretend this vodka is intended to be consumed alone. If you love horseradish and love this vodka straight, feel free to tell us about it in the comments. Instead, I’m going to focus on what I think this vodka was intended for: an awesome bloody mary.
The Bloody Mary
I’ll be honest. This is my first bloody mary. I made it from scratch, following Wikipedia’s instructions. I don’t have anything to compare this to, but I’m pleasantly surprised. Compared to my non-horseradish version of the bloody mary (using plain-old National Vodka), the horseradish flavors give the cocktail a little bit more of a kick without taking anything away from the flavor. In fact, it adds a little bit of an unexpected twist that I enjoyed.
That said, be careful! It’s very easy to over do. As I said, I generally don’t like the flavor of horseradish, so a little goes a long way. Be warned!
Since I’m not a bloody mary drinker, I had my friend JJ write up his review of National Pepparo and National Horseradish in a bloody mary.