We all know sugar on snow, maple candy, maple water, but have you heard of maple vodka?
Well, Caledonia Spirits is taking a ‘tap’ at it!
“The reality is that, as time goes on, maple syrup seems to be more and more of a commodity,” said Ryan Christiansen, the president and head distiller at Caledonia Spirits.
Christiansen tells Local 22 & Local 44 News a batch made a month ago to test the market’s interest is part of a much larger project.
“Experiments in Agricultural Rectification (or E.A.R. for short), a project to work with local farmers to recognize the value in the land,” said Christiansen.
The mission is to support local agriculture, working with local businesses.
The local business partnering to make the maple vodka is Farnham Farm Maple Sugaring from Plainfield, Vermont.
Around this time last year, Christiansen contacted the family run farm to purchase the locally produced maple syrup.
Jake Beauparlant with Farnham Farm told Local 22 & Local 44 News they have 7,000 taps this season. Each tap producing at 80%.
“Last year Caledonia Spirits purchased right around 300 gallons from us. We are hoping if this takes off they will be able to purchase more from us this year and keep supplying them in the future,” said Beauparlant.
The project is a year in the making, and on Saturday, April 7th the 80 proof vodka will be available to purchase. Beauparlant and the Farnham family is thrilled to be going along for a ride on this journey.
“When someone says something to us, ‘hey I got some of that vodka and it’s great.’ Then I can tell them that is made with our maple syrup. Their eyes light up,” said Beauparlant.
On Saturday, 1600 bottles will hit the shelf of the tasting room and vending booth at Made in Vermont in Essex.
Vodka and Pancakes will take place from 9am to 2pm at Caledonia Spirits in Hardwick, Vt. For more information, click here.
A bottle of the maple vodka will run you around $35 to $45.