Kudos to Steve Conlin and all the good folks at Ogden’s Own Distillery, makers of Five Wives Vodka, for their tireless work in helping to supply our community with hand sanitizer. Yes, that’s right. The outfit – normally known for making award-winning Five Wives Vodka – have shifted production during the COVID-19 crisis to making hand sanitizer. My wife stood outside in line on Monday at Ogden’s Own to purchase some for our home.
In a few days – from last Friday to this past Tuesday – they produced and distributed more than 3,000 liters of hand sanitizer. According to Conlin, “ We’re in the midst of implementing procedures to speed up the flow as fast as possible. Our staff has been working 10+ hour days since Friday, and we won’t stop until the inability to get ingredients or something else shuts us down.”
Current pricing is $3.50 for 2-ounce spray bottles, $9 for 16-ounce, $64 for gallons. Compare that to what’s happening in Denmark, where a first 8-ounce bottle is $6; the second is $135. Don’t drink it!
I’ll show my support of this community-conscious effort by also purchasing a bottle or two of Five Wives Vodka – not just as appreciation for Ogden’s Own’s efforts, but because it’s really good vodka.
Made with water from a hard-to-access hidden spring in Ogden Canyon – hiked out five gallons at a time – Five Wives Vodka is a gluten-free, 100% distilled corn spirit that weighs in at 80 proof. That spring water makes for a very clean tasting vodka that you’ll enjoy straight, ice cold, just as much as in cocktails. But don’t take my word for it. Two years in a row Five Wives Vodka was awarded gold medals at the Fifty Best Domestic Vodkas competition.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.