Spodee and Root- Tall Glass Please!

February 14, 2013

Spodee and Root, a delicious combination of flavors.  But first, what is Spodee?  Quite simply, Spodee is similar to a Glühwein from Germany.  What is a Glühwein?  It's a spiced wine, seasoned with a combination of cinnamon, cloves, star anise and some kind of citrus sweetener.  

Spodee is similar in many respects although I prefer my spiced wine in a tall drink with soda rather than the traditional method of heating the spiced wine and serving in shots.

Some have said that Spodee is delicious in a glass, served plain with cola.  I agree to a certain extent.  What I think Spodee tastes the very best with is Root- the USDA Certified Organic Root Tea also from Art in the Age in Philadelphia.  But wait a minute.  What is Root?  Quite simply, Root Tea is similar to root beer, except all the fun is still inside the bottle. 

Root Beer lost all its fun in Prohibition.

So we have Spodee (a spiced wine mixed with moonshine) and we have Root. (A historically correct Root Tea) Add these two ingredients to a tall glass packed with ice.  Top with some Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and of course some Bitter End Mexican Mole' Bitters and we have a gorgeous new way to drink Spodee.

Spodee can be enjoyed simply over ice as well- with no mixer other than air.  It's really up to you.

I just think you need to find Spodee.  Let the gentle chocolate flavors wash over your tongue.  Hold your breath for a second while the 80 Proof Root Tea wakes up your palate.  Sip deeply and thoughtfully.  What you have in your hand is like nothing else on the market. 

Spiced wine with moonshine, root tea, ice, Mexican Mole' Bitters.  Lovely.

The perfect drink for the season!  Deep crimson red in color, refreshing and beguiling to the mouth. 

Spodee, Root and Perrier Sparking Natural Mineral Water along with really great ice made with filtered water from my Mavea pitcher. 

Am I overdoing it a bit?  Nah.   I'm darned thirsty!

Earl's Breakfast Refresher

Ingredients: (for two very lovely drinks)

4 oz. Spodee (Wine and Shine)

2 oz. Root (USDA Certified Organic Root Tea

3 oz. Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

Hand cut cubes of Mavea "Inspired Water" Ice

Tenneyson Absinthe for a glass rinse

Bitter End Mexican Mole' Bitters

Sprig of mint for garnish


Pre-chill two Collins glasses with ice, water and Tenneyson Absinthe

Add some ice cubes (hand cut of course)

In a Boston shaker, combine the Spodee and Root with ice

Shake for fifteen or so seconds to chill well

Pour out water, ice and Absinthe from your chilled Collins glass (right into your mouth please!)

Strain the liquors over ice in the pre-chilled Collins glass

Apply several drops of the Mexican Mole' Bitters over the top

Add a couple ounces of  Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water over the top to finish and garnish with a sprig of mint

Enjoy a very unique Spiced wine and shine cocktail!