Appetizers
April 24, 2012
Peanut butter-and-jelly in a Dutch-made vodka? Well, yeah...

Back in 1879, the Royal Dirkzwager Distillery in Schiedam, Holland, decided to name its vodka after Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890).

As time passed, the family-owned distiller began specializing in flavored vodkas - from acai-blueberry to wild apple, 21 in all. It's especially known for its Dutch chocolate-infused vodka.

Recently, the company was inspired by a classic American sandwich - peanut butter and jelly - for its newest flavor, PB&J ($27).

That flavor profile struck us as ... well, odd. So we held an informal tasting. Hmmm. Smells like peanuts. Tastes like raspberry jelly with peanut butter. If you're a fan of the PB&J sandwich, this one could be for you. More information: www.vangoghvodka.com.

Meanwhile, Van Gogh send over a recipe:

PB&J Milkshake
Created by the Cooking Channel's Nadia G
Ingredients:2 ounces PB&J vodka
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
1/2 banana
1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon raspberry jam or fresh raspberries
Directions:
Blend well and serve in a tall glass; garnish with a banana slice or raspberries.

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