We’re all about incorporating fish into our cocktails, but infusing it directly into spirits? In Alaska, where wild salmon swim freely and vodka is a necessary means of defense against the bitter cold, one distiller didn’t think twice about marrying the two. The result? Possibly the world’s most polarizing brunch drink.
Located in the foothills of the Alaska Range, Alaska Distillery produces a vodka distilled from glacial ice water from the Prince William Sound and infused with wild smoked salmon. First introduced in 2010, the vodka was the funky, fishy brainchild of Alaska Distillery partner Toby Foster, who was in charge of coming up with distinctly Alaskan flavored vodkas. "What’s more Alaskan than smoked salmon?” Foster said to the AP when the spirit was first garnering press. He admitted that he may have had some help in coming up with the idea. “I think there was some madness and some drunkenness involved, honestly,” he said.