Diamond Drams



Vodka is often passed through charcoal during the distillation process to remove impurities and enhance smoothness. What is charcoal but unfinished diamonds? As a result, many brands are opting for swankier
filtration methods. Russian Diamond runs its vodka through quartz, “coconut” charcoal and crushed diamonds, while the new organic (and kosher) Croatian vodka Akvinta filters its elixir five times, through charcoal, marble, silver, gold and platinum.

No need to limit your gemstone bar to vodka: Maestro Dobel tequila, a funky mix of various aged tequilas (12, 24 and 36 months) is “diamond distilled” (we think they mean filtered) and follows the “Four Cs” of alcohol: Clarity (filtering), Crispness, Complexity and Craftsmanship. Meanwhile, Armazem Vieria Cachaças (similar to rum) from the Brazilian island of Santa Catalina are barrel-aged and fractionally blended using a solera system (like Sherry), and bottled as Emerald (4 years), Ruby (8 years) and Onyx (15 years, about $100) varieties. You can also pick up Platinum single malt whisky in Scotland and Double Diamond (a skiing reference) whiskey from Colorado’s Downslope Distillery.

“For me, the diamond dawns are set in rings of beauty,” wrote 19th-century American author John Townsend Trowbridge. Gems are everywhere if you look for them. Now you can adorn your home bar with boozy diamonds, pearls and platinum.

For jewel-tastic spirits, it’s hard to beat the new Precious Vodka from Jewel Lines. The six-times distilled, three-times filtered liquid is encased in diamond-shaped carafes, each bearing a real gemstone—sapphire, emerald, ruby, topaz or peridot—in the stopper. Does all the fanfare make it taste any better than, say, Belvedere? Probably not, but it will kick-start some entertaining cocktail talk.


by Victoria D’Amato Moran, San Francisco
• 1.5 oz. Artá Reposado Tequila
• 1/2 oz. Aperol Italian liqueur
• 1 bar spoon orange marmalade
• 3 oz. fresh ruby red grapefruit juice
• 1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
Build in a mixing glass, add ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini
glass. Garnish with a thick lemon slice.