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Vodka Sauce--but not with Vodka

  • Ora Apr 8, 2008 01:11 PM
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On America's Test Kitchen last night, they made a fairly simple, yet tasting looking version of Penne alla Vodka. Has anyone ever substitute another liquor in this dish?? Just curious about the resulting flavors of a different liquor...

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  1. I've used gin in a pinch. It does turn out differently - after all, vodka doesn't have a flavor per se, so you're getting acidity and alcohol, while gin has a juniper flavor. But juniper goes nicely with Italian. For a subtler flavor, but more complexity than wine, I like to use a dry vermouth at times.

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    1. re: katecm

      Gin--interesting. I was thinking a flavored vodka or a white rum. I, too, keep vermouth on hand for cooking.