Last Updated on April 28, 2020 by Fiona Maclean
Two Birds Spirits Salted Caramel English Vodka in a Salted Caramel White Russian.
At London Unattached we love to support the fantastic British food and drink producers who have put the UK back on the world gastronomy map in recent years. A case in point is artisan spirits company Two Birds Spirits situated in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. Founded in 2013 by ‘engineer and gin enthusiast’ Mark Gamble, Two Birds Spirits started life with one home-made copper still called ‘Gerard’. A couple of months after launching their London Dry Gin the company was awarded Top Gold Award at the Craft Distillers Alliance – the first of a number of awards both nationally and internationally.
Moving in 2014 to a new purpose-built distillery from Mark’s home workshop the company has developed an exciting range of handcrafted gins, vodkas and absinthe all produced in small batches of 100 bottles at a time. Today we are reviewing their enticing sounding Salted Caramel English Vodka with this Salted Caramel White Russian recipe. In my next post, we will be trying out the ‘devilishly potent Absinthe’ too. Other highlights in the Two Birds range include Strawberry and Vanilla Gin, Rhubarb Gin, and After Dinner Mint Vodka! At Christmas, they produce limited edition, seasonal spirits such as the festive Christmas Spices & English Vodka and they also run gin masterclasses for anyone keen to improve their gin skills!
I love drinking chilled flavoured vodkas. The contrast between the taste of the alcohol and the flavouring is always exciting and a great way to wake up the taste buds. So my first tasting of the of Two Birds Spirits Salted Caramel English Vodka was a chilled shot. With its inherent sweetness, it would be delicious as a post-meal digestif or even to accompany a dessert such as Sticky Toffee Pudding.
I remember drinking Black Russian cocktails in the 1980s. A seductive blend of five parts vodka to two parts Kahlua coffee liqueur, the drink was created in 1949 by a Belgian barman. With the addition of cream, the drink becomes a White Russian, a twist on the original which seems to have emerged around 1965 in California and then gained popularity in 1998 when featured in the movie The Big Lebowski. By replacing the straight vodka with Two Birds Spirits Salted Caramel English Vodka I have created The Salted Caramel White Russian – a perfect dessert cocktail.
A vodka and kalhua recipe made using salted caramel vodka for an indulgent play on a classic white russian
- 1 oz Two Birds Salted Caramel English Vodka
- 1 1/2 oz Kahlua
- 2 oz Single Cream or Vegan Cream
- Maldon Rock Salt optional
Pour the salted caramel vodka, Kahlua and cream into a cocktail shaker.
Shake gently to blend.
Place 3 ice cubes into a Martini glass and pour mixture over.
Garnish with Maldon Rock Salt if you wish.
If you’d like to try this recipe for a Salted Caramel White Russian at home, Two Birds Spirits products are available in either 70cl and 20cl bottles, as well as fledgling boxes which make a great taster pack for gifts. They are a business really worth supporting. You can find out more about them at: