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May 14, 2007 09:42 AM

Hangar One lime infused vodka

This is my new guilty pleasure. The lime flavor is wonderfully refreshing, and pairs perfectly with club soda. I don't drink much hard alcohol at home, so I'm destined to scope out bars that offer my new fave...It's turning out to be more difficult than I thought...has anyone come across it recently?

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  1. I've had it at El Basha in Worcester and the Parlor in Upton.

    1. I so wanted to love this product. I admire Hangar's artisanal production methods, like the fact that they distill it from rye they grow themselves -- as opposed to just buying, diluting, and flavoring soy- or corn-based ethanol from one of the agribusiness megacorporations, the way most American vodka producers do. I also like their use of actual infusions of their flavoring ingredients, as opposed to the sometimes-artificial extracts used in most flavored vokdas.

      However, I found that the Hangar One Lime had a flavor I didn't enjoy. I know its natural sources, but to me it had an artificial-lime flavor reminiscent of Lime Kool-Aid or Popsicles. I gave most of the bottle to a friend who likes to use it in Vodka Gimlets.

      I've certainly seen dozens of bars in town that feature a broad variety of Hangar vodkas. Two that quickly come to mind are Union Bar & Grill and Afterlife, the downstairs vodka bar at The Good Life. The packaging is clever; it's pretty easy to spot on a bar.

      The unflavored Hangar One remains one of my favorite vodkas to drink neat from the freezer.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        E would agree with you - he doesn't even like the smell of Hangar One Lime if I order it . He says it's "too perfumey".

        I love Hangar One. In fact, I started searching it out years ago because of a post from one of the California 'Hounds. The company was one of the first ones to use actual fruit, and had the pedigree of originally being known for brandy. I like them all - the Buddha's Hand Citron, Kaffir Lime, Mandarin Blossom, and the regular (haven't tried the raspberry). Haven't ordered it lately though since I've been drinking bourbon over the winter, and now gin or campari. I'll have to keep an eye out, I know I see Hangar One in a lot of places we frequent. Our favorite 'flavored' vodka, however, is Ultimat Black Cherry (Polish- made with macerated cherries). Heh - at Bricco we go through a lot of bottles. ; )

        Straight vodkas I really like include Stoli Elit, Ultimat, and Zyr. Recently tried Imperia (Russia), which was quite nice.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Update: one of my serious vodka-drinking friends informs me that Union does not carry Hangar One; not sure where I got that idea. (Maybe the late, nearby Caffe Umbra did.)

        2. A bartender at 28 Degrees introduced me to Hangar One Lime, and I'd agree with you. Try adding a splash of cranberry, or a bit of simple syrup if you want a drink that tastes just like a lime rickey.

          Last time I was at 28 Degrees they still had the complete Hangar One line. The turnover of staff there (which seems to have included losing their best bartenders) is well documented elsewhere on Chowhound, so imbibe at your own risk.

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          1. re: kbw18

            I agree: I never see the same bartender at 28 Degrees twice, and the result is highly variable cocktail quality, a big problem. I suspect this is a reflection of the vision of management, a group that don't seem to include serious cocktail aficionados (one partner appeared in a local press story opining that the perfect cocktail is a pure-vodka "martini".)

            But 28 Degrees has never had the kind of great, professional, serious bartenders that I gravitate to, like at the B-Side, Green Street, ESK, and No. 9. That's a too-rare breed in Boston.

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Yeah--and he was adamant about it too, IIRC. Well, when readers get to see what the "pros" have to say, they can decide for themselves whether their professionalism is actual or self-styled. :)
              I think those few great bars have gotten so much press lately that other places are taking notice; hopefully it will lead to a rise in serious bartending (and not just throwing token Negronis and Old-Fashioneds into the fray of caramel Cosmos). Looking especially forward to finding out where Frank Reardon lands.

          2. On a related note, if anyone knows where I could get Hangar One Raspberry vodka (preferably by the bottle, but if only bars have it, that's better than nothing), please let me know!


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            1. re: maillard

              I know Downtown Liquors in Davis Square carries Hangar One, but can't remember if the raspberry is in their selection.

              1. re: thriftshop

                Both upstairs on the square in harvard square and middlesex lounge in central square both carry hangar one and you used to be able to buy it at either Martignetti liquors.