Saddle Up to Mango-Tini, a Fermented Cocktail at Fondue Cowboy

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Tamara Palmer
Amid all the melting and dipping, Fondue Cowboy serves one of the more imaginative soft liquor cocktails that we've tried in recent months. The Mango-Tini uses Petrov Reserve, a triple-distilled vodka that is fermented and therefore can be used by businesses with a beer-wine license. The not-quite-vodka is mixed with mango purée, triple sec, and lime, with a crunchy Sugar in the Raw rim. A couple of 'em will probably tip you off of your horse, where it'll be hard to peep the campy Roy Rogers films that flicker in the background.

Fondue Cowboy 1052 Folsom (at Seventh St.), 431-5100

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California ABC says of a Beer and Wine license: "Distilled spirits may not be on the premises (except brandy, rum, or liqueurs for use solely for cooking purposes)."

So possibly it is fermented and not distilled in the traditional sense. Beer producers have been making "ice distilled" (fractional freezing) spirits with high proof for some time. They might be using this technique to "cheat" their way up to 80 proof and get around the law.

But soju is distilled too, and has a specific exemption in the beer and wine liquor license. "The only stipulation is that the soju must be clearly labeled as such and contain less than 25% alcohol."

So it is also possible that Petrov is simply burying their head in the sand, saying they're following the same process as soju and should be treated the same way. If I had a restaurant with a liquor license, I'd ask for a lawyer's advice first.

ben__w
ben__w

This is absolute nonsense. The phrase a "triple-distilled vodka that is fermented" is completely devoid of meaning. Stop just blindly regurgitating press releases; you have no idea what this and you didn't bother to find out, you just published someone's ad for free.

N Capriccio
N Capriccio

Dear Ben, My name is Nick and I am in charge of marketing for the San Gabriel Beverage Group products. I would like to clear up your questions about Petrov. We are in fact a fermented spirit, and thus it is legal for beer and wine licenses to sell our products on premise. Petrov is NOT “triple-distilled vodka." Ms. Palmer may have mistaken what we have published on our website where we say, "Petrov Reserve offers the fresh clean TASTE of triple distilled vodka." Sorry for the confusion, I hope you get a chance to try our Bloody Marry which has been a hit. Sincerely,Nick Capriccio

boris_qd
boris_qd

Could someone explain this:

"Petrov Reserve, a triple-distilled vodka that is fermented and therefore can be used by businesses with a beer-wine license"

All liquor is started by fermenting something and is then distilled. What's different about Petrov Reserve.

N Capriccio
N Capriccio

Dear Boris,  My name is Nick and I am in charge of marketing for the San Gabriel Beverage Group products. I would like to clear up your questions about Petrov. We are in fact a fermented spirit, and thus it is legal for beer and wine licenses to sell our products on premise. Petrov is NOT “triple-distilled vodka." Ms. Palmer may have mistaken what we have published on our website where we say, "Petrov Reserve offers the fresh clean TASTE of triple distilled vodka." Sorry for the confusion, I hope you get a chance to try our Bloody Marry which has been a hit. Sincerely,Nick Capriccio

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