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Julian Joy Dustin Detherow

With the aid of coconut water, Twisted Spiritz has developed the perfect blend of taste and smoothness with II Vodka that people can enjoy without the typical burn that comes from drinking most vodka brands neat. By GINA CONROY photos by marc rains Since the 1970s, vodka, that colorless spirit that’s a crowd favorite for its versatility and ability to mix well in almost any drink has been entrenched in American drinking habits. Some vodka lovers may enjoy sipping the flavored varieties that come infused with lemon, raspberry, black currant or vanilla. Perhaps, if you’re a seasoned drinker and can afford to pay top dollar for those posh premium vodkas, you may drink it straight on occasion. But sipping unflavored vodka neat? Not so much for many. Trying to change that mindset is locally owned and operated Twisted Spiritz, which has been on a mission to find the right components to create an easy drinking vodka affordable to the masses. “We wanted to create a vodka people can enjoy like a bourbon, where you have that lovely warmth, the weight of the spirit in the mouth without the typical burn,” says Julian Joy, CEO of Twisted Spiritz. And the secret to the smoothness: coconut water. Coconut water is the clear liquid inside the unripe coconut fruit. As the coconut matures and ripens, this liquid solidifies and becomes

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part of the sweet, white coconut flesh that we eat raw as a snack or use, often grated, in cooking and baking. And whether you think coconut water is a fad or fantastic, it has been touted as being the purest liquid second to water itself and is said to have numerous health benefits ranging from digestive support to relieving urinary problems and keeping diabetes under control. “When Julian approached me with the idea to start our own brand that would culminate in the design and construction of our own commercial distillery, it was too good to pass up,” says Dustin Detherow, a chemical and mechanical engineer who also serves as Twisted Spiritz’s COO. After four months and 41 attempts to find the perfect blend of taste and smoothness, the result was II Vodka. “We want to offer something that accentuates moments that matter while enjoying time with friends, family and loved ones,” says Joy. “The liquor business is a part of my family history.” Joy’s grandfather ran a speakeasy in Miami and Orlando, and his great-grandfather was an avid rum-runner during Prohibition.

May 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 5)  

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May 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 5)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 A regional magazine of national stature, Preview 918 has rema...