Roaring Tiger Vodka
Ryan Hanson and Matthew Brown, the brains behind the new Memphis-based vodka Roaring Tiger, are longtime friends who came to the vodka trade via beer brewing.
“The secret is the water,” says Hanson of Roaring Tiger, explaining that he and Brown recognized early on that Memphis has a real asset in its water, one with great potential in the beverage industry.
Hanson says the pair studied the industry, looked at what other distilleries were doing … and then they put the project aside for a few years before picking it back up two years ago.
The base for Roaring Tiger is made by another distillery, and then sent, at 180 proof, to Roaring Tiger’s headquarters near the Wiseacre brewery in Binghampton. The vodka is then filtered and the water added to create an 80 proof vodka.
“It's the key to giving Roaring Tiger a smooth texture,” says Hanson of the process.
Hanson and Brown rolled out the vodka for a trial run during this year’s Goner Fest in order to determine any wrinkles. The vodka hit area liquor stores — Buster’s Liquors & Wines, Joe’s Wines & Liquors, the Spirits Shoppe, and the Corkscrew, among them — in November 2013. A 750 ml bottle will run you. Specialty cocktails made with Roaring Tiger are served at Bari (included on this page), Mollie Fontaine, Cafe 1912, and Lynchburg Legends. The vodka is also served at the Hi-Tone and Murphy’s.
As for the name, Hanson says they put a lot of thought into it before settling on Roaring Tiger. “We’re huge Memphis Tigers fans. It really got to what our product is about.” N
For more information, go to roaringtigervodka.com.
Roaring Tiger Recipe:
The Tiger Tail
By L. Brad Pitts
Bari Ristorante e Enoteca
22 S. Cooper St.
3 oz. Roaring Tiger Vodka
2 oz. Blue Kool-Aid (for color)
Bar spoon of Demerara simple syrup
2 dashes of Orange bitters
Splash of Prosecco
3 drops of rose water
Combine all ingredients into collins glass or large cocktail glass with ice first. Stir slightly after you add the Prosecco. Use the rose water sparingly — it is powerful. Add it last.
Note: You may substitute Blue Curaçao for the Kool-Aid, but it doesn’t taste as good.