Photo by Caitlin Abrams
What’s the first spirit release by the cutting-edge Bittercube cocktailians? The ones that open award-winning bars across the country, training bartenders to think outside the glass? The ones that sparked the bitters revolution locally and helped bring unique spirits to the forefront? Vodka, naturally. Nick Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz have launched Modest Vodka made in collaboration with Madison-based craft distillers Yahara Bay.
“We looked around and found that there were a ton of high-priced fancy bottles, which are mostly full of marketing gimmicks—what does it mean to be filtered through diamonds and comet dust anyway? And then there were the low-grade bottles, but nothing in between. We wanted to make an affordable quality product we could use and be proud of.”
Modest is made with 100 percent Midwestern corn and water in a German-built copper pot still. “People still love vodka.It’s a vessel for other flavors, and sometimes an entry into edgier drinks,” says Kosevich. The spirit is crisp, clean, and bright, even if it wasn’t distilled through unicorn eyelashes. Find it at France 44 and South Lyndale Liquors, modestly under $18 a bottle.