The Spirit of Ohio
‘The Spirit of Ohio’ is really a mindset, a sense of rock-solid determination in the face of adversity. In Dayton, home of Buckeye Vodka, numerous businesses suffered and plants closed due to the recession in 2008 and 2009, and family, friends, neighbors, and business owners were all affected. In attempts to help their hometown thrive again, brother-in-law Tom Rambasek, brothers Jim and Chris Finke, and good friend and CFO Marty Clarke founded Crystal Spirits LLC and developed the Buckeye Vodka brand. Their dreams were realized in 2011 when they brought Buckeye Vodka to market.
They believe in the old adage ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going,' and they’re committed to make a difference by investing locally, build a business that creates jobs, and make a positive contribution to their local, state, and national economy. It’s from this disposition that Buckeye Vodka “The Spirit of Ohio” was born.
The owners and distillers are all vodka drinkers and wanted Buckeye’s vodka to be extremely smooth with a traditional taste. The taste of vodka can vary tremendously due to the types of grain, the quality of that grain, and the water that’s used. The number of times it’s distilled and how it’s filtered can change the vodka as well. Details matter, especially when it comes to vodka.
To maintain their high standards of excellence, each small batch of Buckeye Vodka is carefully handcrafted by the owners from beginning to end. The distillers chose a superior recipe that combines the amazing quality of Midwestern grains and the purest of water, winning them numerous awards, including Chicago Beverage Testing Institute’s Gold Medal & Best Buy, NY International Spirits Competition’s Silver Medal, Ohio Distiller of the Year, NYC 50 Best Competition’s Gold Medal, and the San Francisco Spirits Competition’s Silver Medal. They test and compare every batch against the leading national brands and won’t stop until theirs is the smoothest. This attention to detail ensures that each bottle of Buckeye Vodka is just as good as the last. The distillers have exceeded their expectations with the first batch and they will happily put that taste to the test against any competitor on the shelf today.
Combine grapefruit juice, sliced jalapeños, and vodka in a shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain over the prepared glasses. Serve immediately with extra jalapeño slices as garnish, if desired.
Add blueberries and sliced strawberries to glass, add ice, and pour vodka and lemon juice into glass. Top with club soda.
Add vodka, St. Germain, and grapefruit juice to a shaker. Pour into champagne glass and top with Honey Bubbles Sparkling Moscato.
Fill cup with ice and set aside. Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into a shaker and drop them in. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake gently and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a celery stalk, bacon, olives, meats...anything your heart desires!
Add all ingredients to a crock pot on high and let simmer for an hour. Serve, and repeat. This recipe proves that crock pots aren't just for chili. Create this warm and inviting cocktail and watch your tailgate become the hit of the game. >>> Orange All Spice Infused Buckeye Vodka: 1. Pour yourself a cocktail using a new bottle of Buckeye Vodka to make room for infusion. 2. Drop in whatever you want to infuse (in this case, orange, all spice, and whatever your heart desires.) The more you add, the more flavorful it'll be. Screw the cap on tight. 3. Wait 1-2 weeks, then enjoy your infused vodka!
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add pumpkin puree, simple syrup, vodka, Bailey's, and pumpkin pie spice, then shake for about 30 seconds. Pour into chilled martini glass.
Muddle blueberries in shaker with vodka. Add lemonade. Shake it up. Pour into glass over ice and top with a splash of soda water. Serve on the rocks with a lemon wedge.
Combine vodka and ginger beer in a copper mug. Add lime juice, stir gently, and garnish with a lime slice.
Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake it up and strain into glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry or orange.
Using a tall glass, pour the Buckeye Vodka over ice. Fill the glass with lemonade two inches from the top. Add a splash of 7up, a splash of wine, and squeeze in a little orange juice. Enjoy!
Combine vodka and dry vermouth in a cocktail mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an olive or garnish of choice.
Combine and serve!
Add vodka, lemon juice, honey, and rosemary sprig to a shaker filled with ice. Shake for 20-25 seconds until combined. Strain into glass filled with ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon slice and rosemary sprig, if desired.
Add liquor and apple cider to shaker and shake up! Strain into glass filled with ice, then top each with 1 oz lemon lime soda. Garnish with apple slices.
Fill a glass halfway up with ice. Pour all the ingredients in. Garnish with a lime.
Add to vodka and shrub to Collins glass. Top with soda water. >>>> Pomegranate Shrub: 4 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice 2 cups sugar 2 cinnamon sticks 3 sage leaves 1 1/2 cups of apple cider vinegar Add pomegranate juice and sugar to small pot over medium high heat. Stir to help dissolve sugar. Once up to a boil turn off heat and add cinnamon and sage. Steep for 20 minutes. Once cool strain out cinnamon and thyme and add apple cider vinegar. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge.
Using champagne flutes, pour the vodka into glass followed by chilled orange juice. Top with Prosecco and garnish with orange slice. Sip and enjoy.
Buckeye Vodka likes to keep things simple. Pour lime soda water over ice and add the vodka. Stir in some cucumber slices and garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy!
Pour vodka, cider, ginger beer, and lime juice into glass, stir, and pour over ice. Add dash of cinnamon and garnish with an apple slice.
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it up! Strain into rocks or martini glass.
Muddle three mint leaves and pour into rocks glass with vodka, lime juice, and sweetener. Stir and top with sparkling water, then garnish with two mint leaves.
Add vodka and pear juice to a shaker tin. Shake and strain over ice. Drizzle 1/2 oz of wine syrup over top as a delicious spiced float. >>>> Mulled Wine Syrup: 2 cup red wine 1 cup sugar 6 winter spiced tea bags Peel of one orange Add wine and sugar and orange peel to a small pot over medium high heat. Stir to help dissolve sugar. Once mixture is at a low boil add tea bags and turn off heat. Allow mixture to steep for 20 minutes. Strain out tea bags and orange peel. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge.
Mix all in shaker. When all is thinned, add ice and shake. Pour into chilled crushed pretzel rimmed glass drizzled in chocolate syrup.
Add all ingredients to a shaker tin, shake, and strain over ice. You can also make the cranberry, apple cider, cinnamon mixture warm to serve as a warm cocktail. >>>> Cinnamon Simple Syrup: 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 cinnamon stick Add sugar and water to a small pot over medium high heat. Once sugar has dissolved turn off heat and add cinnamon stick. Steep for 20 minutes. Once cooled take out cinnamon stick and pour syrup into a airtight container and store in fridge.