Being frugal can be very challenging. The other day, we were down to our last $11.00. We just spent the rest of our cash on $5 Foot Longs. We’ve figured out that if rationed properly, 6 subs can feed us for 7.2 days. We had to decide on a drinking strategy that put the rest of our funds to good use. In the liquor store, $11 is usually a pittance, but we happened across a bottle of vodka that begged to differ. Sobieski claimed to know the truth about vodka, insisting that it didn’t take a “kings ransom” to get a top notch spirit.
Sobieski’s Truth in Vodka campaign comes along just in time for the financial downturn. We all know the commonly spouted reasons that the New York market fell flat – the greedy bankers, overly generous credit, and out of control spending. Barfly’s sources point to an under-reported reason for the downturn: ridiculously priced “premium” vodka. The frivolous folks in the highest echelon of the NY financial world regularly spent $50 or more at the liquor store. Even worse – they regularly dropped over $400 / bottle at some of the swankiest New York clubs.
Seeing that the typical unemployment check is $400 / week, it doesn’t look like vodka consumption in the city is ever going to be the same. Much like having an apartment with “space to live”, Barfly has always thought that the premium vodka was designed exclusively to bring in a few extra bucks from the unsuspecting sucker. There are excellent brands out there, but if something has a goose stamped on the front, does that really mean that it is so much better?
Sobieski did a good job of distancing themselves from the other spirits on the low priced shelf (usually known as the “Bum Juice” section). Their bottle is sleekly designed and (thankfully) not made of plastic. And what of the taste? Is there really some credence to their truth telling, or is it just a marketing sham that you’re meant to forget after three sips?
While we wouldn’t rush to pour a martini straight up with Sobieski, this Polish Vodka is a long way from the well. The first sip came with a bit of a bite, but it went down smooth and crisp, with a clean aftertaste (kind of tasted like saving money). We think that Sobieski should find a way to anyone’s home bar during these times of cutting back. Even though you aren’t paying as much, you certainly won’t be sacrificing quality. The vodka is perfect for mixed drinks, and even a Cosmo here and there. With the money that you’re saving – think of all of the extra Foot Longs you can buy. We hear the Veggie Delight is killer.
What’s that? You still miss the little goose on the bottle? Why not opt for a six inch sub, and use the rest to buy some markers? This way you can have a great vodka cocktail and complete an inexpensive art project all at the same time!