How to Drink Nero Vodka, Our Product of the Month

Nero is on a mission to change the way you drink vodka.

A new name on the premium market, Nero has crafted a seriously smooth sipping vodka, distilled from British potatoes. In fact, 250 potatoes are used to create one bottle of Nero!

Potato vodkas are growing in popularity as they lack the strong alcohol smell and ‘burn’ linked to traditional grain vodkas.

Instead, Nero has a light and mildly sweet flavour of citrus and vanilla. It can even be enjoyed as a sipping vodka.

 

Nero is crafted in Britain by a master distiller who holds five generations of potato vodka knowledge. It contains zero added sugar, sweeteners or additives. Another plus to potato vodka? It’s gluten free!

Named after the Roman emperor, Nero has made an immediate impact on the vodka landscape, winning gold medals at both the 2020 Sip Awards and The 2020 Spirits Business Vodka Masters.

If you’ve got a bottle of Nero in your hands (lucky you!), or you’ve received one of our free sample bottles with your order, here are the best ways to enjoy this ultra-premium vodka.

 

How to drink Nero as a Sipping Vodka

If you’ve never sipped a vodka, give Nero a go….

Make sure you serve Nero chilled from the fridge. You can serve on the rocks, but the taste is best enjoyed in a neat sip.

The Sniff

First, smell your vodka in the glass – Instead of a harsh alcohol aroma to make your nose twitch, Nero vodka’s potato starch base removes that harsh burn and instead adds a layer of vanilla sweetness.

The Sip

After taking in the aroma, it’s time to enjoy the taste – Nero Vodka is exceptionally smooth, with a creamy palate unique to potato vodkas.

The velvety softness of the liquid holds Nero’s unique flavour profile – vanilla and soft citrus combine for a lemon curd taste, blended with white floral notes of tuberose and gardenia.

The Finish

Finally, the finish. No burn. No cough. Just a smooth finish with lasting vanilla notes – with just a hint of black pepper.

Nero is also a wonderful vodka for cocktails, especially short serves which centre the vodka.

Here are our best serves for this ultra-premium vodka…

 

Classic Martini

Nero works perfectly in a classic vodka martini. There are endless twists on this classic recipe, but we suggest trying Nero in the original to appreciate its unique flavour profile. We suggest a lemon twist over an olive, as this will enhance the soft citrus within the vodka.

You will need:

• 60ml Nero Premium Vodka
• Splash Dry Vermouth
• Lemon Peel, to garnish

Ice
Cocktail Shaker

Depending on your tastes, you can serve this up either shaken or stirred. Since we are handling a British vodka, we are going for James Bond’s favourite order.

Measure out your vodka and put in a cocktail shaker with ice and a splash of vermouth (according to your taste).

Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass – serve with a twist of lemon – spritz your martini by gently squeezing the peel above the glass and add the peel.

 

Vodka Sour

Another classic vodka cocktail, the vodka sour is all about that balance of the tart fresh lemon and simple syrup. The use of an egg white gives the drink a luxuriously silky mouthfeel and adds a foamy top. The trick here is to shake your vodka sour twice – once with ice, once without.

You Will Need:

• 60ml Nero Premium Vodka
• 30ml lemon juice
• 15ml sugar syrup
• Dash Angostura Bitters
• 1 egg white
• Lemon Peel
• Ice

Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake together. Strain through into a glass, remove the ice and then shake again – this helps activate the egg white and builds a silky foam top.

Now strain once more into a whisky glass, and add a twist of lemon peel.

 

Claudia Octavia

This strong short serve is named after emperor Nero’s first wife. A heady blend of Nero Vodka and sweet herbaceous Drambuie, this is not for the faint of heart!

You Will Need:

• 45ml Nero Vodka
• 15ml Drambuie
• 1 dash Angostura Bitters
• Ice

Shake all of the ingredients together and strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass. Gently squeeze the orange peel over the glass to add a spritz of fresh citrus and add the twist.

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled nick & Nora glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

 

Vodka Gimlet

The Gimlet started its life in the late 18th century, when British sailors needed Vitamin C to help keep scurvy at bay. Getting sailors to drink sour lime juice was far easier when it was mixed with liquor, and the Gimlet was the solution. Though traditionally made with gin, the vodka version has grown in popularity, and is the perfect showcase for an ultra-premium pour like Nero.

You Will Need:

• 60ml Nero Vodka
• 30ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
• 15ml Sugar Syrup

Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake well, then strain into a chilled cocktail coupe glass.

Garnish with a lime wheel.

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