But once, you taste it, you can’t help but notice the bold taste of this estate grown winter wheat vodka, distilled with pristine, crisp Svakia water. “Cool packaging with quality vodka, 2nd to none, and a score of 95 from Wine Enthusiast” boasts Florida General Manager, Mario Freixas. It’s also received Two gold medals at the World Spirits Competition and is the only vodka ever to win gold for both taste and package design in the history of the competition.
Since February is the month of love, I feel the Double Cross Vodka bottle totally resonates romance, so I decided to celebrate it and Mr. Freixas as my February edition of the Men of Vodka series. He joined Double Cross at the end of August 2016 after being gone a year and working with a whiskey brand. His role includes introducing the vodka to a primarily Latin-base, as he is based in Miami and says it’s a multicultural, family-type company. “I’m passionate about people discovering the best, instead of drinking what others tell them to be the most popular (vodka)” Mario worked with this vodka brand 2 year prior and “loved the product so much, I had to come back.”
I met Mario on my last day of Tales of the Cocktail, which also happened to be my birthday. We hit it off immediately and spent the afternoon talking about cool bars. Needless to say there was cocktails involved. His passion for spreading the vodka love is clear and evident by his involvement in the industry and to the public. Double Cross Vodka are members of USBG, attend and participate in cocktail conferences around the nation, Food & Wine events, compete in and host cocktail competitions and each market has specific charities they support and participate with.
He’s a huge Miami Dolphins fan and in his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, crossfit and single malt scotch. When asked how do you drink Double Cross Vodka, he answer was plain and simple - chilled, straight up with an olive. As it should be Mr Freixas, as it should be.
For recipes, visit http://doublecrossvodka.com/cocktails/