Dave, who regularly enjoys starchy tubers in all its forms, says, “Irish potatoes are the best in the world. So I knew this vodka was going to be something special. And it didn’t disappoint. Graham Norton’s Irish Vodka has a creamy but earthy mouthfeel with hints of vanilla coming through and a refreshing finish.”
Dave created the cocktail with GN Vodka, house-made rosemary, thyme and sage cordial, shaken with a pinch of herb salt, finished with a splash of olive lemonade and topped with a salted parched potato garnish to “share the taste but also the feeling you get when you’re eating a roast potato.”
The Tayto-Tini will be available as a limited edition cocktail kit from 7 December from Auckland-based catering food and drink supplier Black Pineapple, whose ethos is that ‘life is too short to drink average drinks’. The decidedly unaverage Tayto-Tini cocktail box includes a bottle of GN Vodka, roast potato herb cordial, salted olive lemonade, a roast potato salt rub, parched potato garnishes plus coupettes and step jigger. Tayto-tini kits start at $159, contain 12 serves and ships nationwide. The kits can be ordered from the Black Pineapple website.
Rob Cameron, Co-Founder and Winemaker, Invivo & Co, says, “When we decided to make the Vodka with Graham, I could never have imagined that it would inspire a potato-based cocktail like the Tayto-Tini, the drink no one might have asked for but everyone will realise they need. However, I’ve tried it and it’s sensational!”
Dave has what he describes as an interesting link to Graham Norton, “As it goes, I’m pretty well connected to Graham. It’s a West Cork Thing. My mum works in a restaurant and one of her chefs is married to a woman who goes for tea every week with Graham’s mum. So, we’re practically family.”