Manifest Distilling Citrus Vodka
Manifest Citrus Vodka was a delightful accident. During the Gin production, they created individual botanical distillations, some of which were different types of citrus peels. During the fractional blending, they ended up mixing a few different citrus distillates together without any other botanicals and tasting it. At that point, they know this was a beautiful mistake.
As most things that are supposed to happen to go, they were put in touch with the absolute nicest guy, Cecil, who owns C&S groves down in Palatka, Florida. Manifests head distiller, David and the head of sales, Tom, went down one morning to check things out and ended up driving back with 600 lbs of the tastiest Florida citrus. Tom and the assistant distiller Mike went back down a week later to pick up another 200 lbs to round out our final count for the recipe.
Technically, Manifest has to classify this as a flavored vodka, which comes with a lot of associated opinions. Most flavored vodkas use flavoring agents, additives and sweeteners to deceive your pallet into liking it. Just like we approach all our spirits, we believe that whatever we are making should be the purest form of that category.