Let’s get it out of the way. Balls is an odd name for a vodka. A name like Balls may put a few people off, but, as it turns out, the folks at Balls are pretty cheeky about it. The front page of the website is emblazoned with, “That’s right, we called it Balls.” With balls enough to call a vodka Balls, then put a pinup girl on the label, I have to have confidence that this vodka is more than just a funny name.
Balls Vodka is flavorless on the front and transparent through middle. There is a very faint bitterness on the finish that quickly fades but it doesn’t impact my enjoyment of the vodka. It’s very smooth and easy to drink with no burn. This vodka is an easy choice in the low-cost-premium-taste market that stands up well against, if not delivering a kick in the balls to, entrenched players like Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
I first mixed Balls in a screwdriver with a dash of pomegranate. Balls is completely transparent, allowing the natural flavor of the fruit juices to shine through. I’ve grown fond of this cocktail recently, and it goes well with Balls. I think I’ll call this incarnation of the cocktail “screwballs.”
I also mixed Balls with an ice pick, my current go-to cocktail. The vodka worked well with the sweet tea, slightly toning down the sweetness making for an easy to drink beverage. I think I’ll call this version of the cocktail “The Sharon Stone.”
Balls is a great entry in the market. It’s awesome to see a company that doesn’t take itself too seriously that can also create a great product. If you get a chance to grab a bottle, pick one up. If your liquor store doesn’t carry it, ask for it. You won’t be disappointed.