Alaska Exports Salmon Vodka

Sounds gross, but apparently people order it
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2010 11:06 AM CDT
In this photo taken Friday June 18, 2010, The Alaska Smoked Salmon Flavored Vodka is seen in Anchorage, Alaska.   (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

(Newser) – Wasilla, Alaska, is about to become known for something other than Sarah Palin: vodka flavored with smoked salmon. The scary-sounding liquor is the brainchild of the Alaska Distillery, and there was “some madness and some drunkenness involved” in its creation, one partner tells the AP. “I was trying to think of something Alaskan. What's more Alaskan than smoked salmon? It was one of those epiphanies, I suppose.”

Not surprisingly, during the first few experiments with the formula, “we had our heave bucket close by,” says another partner. “It was pretty bad, and you know, greasy.” The 48th time was the charm, and now the end result is going into Bloody Marys and martinis. Some even drink it straight. Brave souls need not trek to Alaska for a taste: It hit Texas this month and is expected in California and Washington soon.

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