Women Of Influence: Nikki Simkins
Full Article: Ocean Drive November issue Published: 11/12/20 You and your family have been involved in many philanthropic initiatives throughout Miami. What is your personal philanthropy philosophy? My philanthropy philosophy is that giving money is not enough. You need to give your time as well. My family and I are very passionate about philanthropy and are actively involved with the JCC, Lotus House, Lehrman Community Day School and the Diabetes Research Institute. Tell us about the brand identity you created for E11EVEN Vodka. I set out to create the best vodka in the world, and it was imperative that it embodied the Miami spirit. It’s all about crushing the day and owning the night, living your best life and having fun. E11EVEN Miami truly changed the landscape of nightlife, and that’s what we want to do with vodka. Biggest misconception about vodka? That it’s not the healthiest! One night, after drinking too much tequila, I woke up with a horrible hangover. I began researching how to remedy it and came across tons of articles that spoke about congeners—toxins, literal chemicals like acetone and acetaldehyde, found in alcohol after the fermentation process that cause hangovers. Out of all the alcohol types, I learned that tequila has the highest congener levels and that vodka has the lowest congener levels. I have always been very into health and wellness, and I’m very conscious about what I put into my body, so from that day forward, I became a vodka drinker. Biggest lesson you learned in 2020? Expect the unexpected. We have been ready to debut E11EVEN Vodka since the beginning of the year. However, due to the pandemic, we pushed the official launch back a few times. Words you live by? Work hard, play hard and dream big!
Wine and Sprit Review Episode 4 (E11EVEN Vodka)
Full Article: Aspiring Gentleman Published: 12/05/20 As a Floridian, I enjoy checking out Florida brands, and boy did I find a great one in E11EVEN Vodka. E11even has a great history as specially made Vodka for the local scene. Initially, it was created in 2014 as an Ultraclub in downtown Miami; people loved it so much that they have expanded outside of Miami and have won many awards and accolades, even beating Tito’s and Grey Goose in taste tests. E11EVEN Vodka is an ultra-premium seven times distilled spirit from 100% Florida grown corn. Its result produces a smooth Vodka with a subtly natural sweetness with soft tones of citrus peels and traces of vanilla. The makers have a secret proprietary hand filtration process, which softens the palate, leaving a refined finish that is long, warm, and always leaving you wanting more. I typically like my Vodka in a cocktail, but this one is so smooth with that sweetness that I really enjoyed it over ice. Appearance: Clear. Aroma: vanilla and cracked peppercorn Taste: subtly natural sweetness with soft tones of citrus peels and traces of vanilla. Finish: sweetness with a fading vanilla and citrus undertones. Overall: This Vodka is really smooth with a slightly sweet taste, which makes it excellent for sipping; this is a premium Vodka at a great price with a rich character, which is very smooth and easy drinking.
Introducing E11EVEN Vodka
Full Article: Miami Food Pug Published: 12/04/20 Nikki Simkins (CEO & Chairwoman) is thrilled to announce the official launch of E11EVEN Vodka. E11EVEN Vodka represents the “Miami Spirit,” a celebration of unsurpassed excellence that provokes a sense of pure curiosity and guiltless infatuation. Infused with anundeniably captivating personality of its own, the noticeably pure and well-balanced Vodka is now available for purchase online for nationwide shipping and at retail stores & on menus at establishments across South Florida. The E11EVEN brand is a lifestyle. Created as a 24/7 Ultraclub in downtown Miami in 2014, people flocked to the unique nightlife experience, making it one of the world’s most recognized clubs. E11EVEN Miami accolades being awarded “Best New Nightclub Concept,” perennially voted among the top 10 nightclubs worldwide, and becoming the highest-grossing nightclub per square foot globally. People trust E11EVEN to do things better. It was because of this that Nikki Simkins, through a company in which she controls, licensed the intellectual property of the iconic E11EVEN brand to create her own Vodka. Measured against the highest quality and taste standards, E11EVEN Vodka is an all-natural and gluten-free ultra-premium spirit sourced, distilled, and bottled entirely in Miami. Handcrafted in copper stills, distilled six times from 100% Florida grown NON-GMO corn and then refined through a proprietary seven-step filtration process, E11EVEN Vodka exudes a rounded sweetness that is clean and smooth. Subtle notes of citrus peels and cacao nibs flawlessly blend to create a divine flavor that’s delicately teased with hints of vanilla and cracked peppercorns. The proprietary hand filtration process softens the palate, leaving a graceful finish that is long, warm, and seductive. E11EVEN Vodka (80 proof / 40% ABV) is now available online for nationwide shipping at 11vodka.com and at South Florida retail stores such as Jenny’s Liquor, Primo Liquors, Gulf Liquors, Crown Wine & Spirits, Grove Liquors, and Portofino Wine Bank, among others.
E11EVEN Vodka scored 92 Points On Blue Lifestyle
Full Article: Blue Lifestyle Published: 12/04/20 For more than 40 years, Blue Lifestyle, under the guidance of Anthony Dias Blue, James Beard Award-winner and former Wine & Spirits Editor of Bon Appetit Magazine, has been reviewing and rating wines and spirits. Every year Mr. Blue and his associates taste and comment on over 5,000 wine and 500 spirits. Some of these reviews appear in various outlets, particularly The Tasting Magazine and The SOMM Journal. Blue Lifestyle - E11EVEN Vodka Review: \"Smooth vanilla nose, dry, floral and smooth, clean and ripe; rich, deep and balanced, aromatic and long\" Anthony Dias - Editor in Chief of The Tasting Panel magazine. Scoring Guide
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Full Article: The Hype Magazine Published: 12/01/20 E11EVEN Vodka is an all-natural and gluten-free ultra-premium spirit sourced, distilled, and bottled entirely in Miami. Handcrafted in copper stills, distilled 6 times from 100 percent Florida grown Non-GMO corn and then refined through a proprietary 7-step filtration process, E11EVEN Vodka exudes a rounded sweetness that is clean and smooth. Subtle notes of citrus peels and cacao nibs flawlessly blend to create a divine flavor that is delicately teased with hints of vanilla and cracked peppercorns. The proprietary hand-filtration process softens the palate, leaving a graceful finish that is long, warm and seductive. Its sleek bottle design expresses an exotic yet elegant demeanor that offers an exciting, unparalleled Vodka experience. An eye-catching Miami-blue neck sleeve wraps the translucent frosted glass bottle that is tastefully accentuated by an iridescent silver label. With its sexy allure and refined design, E11EVEN Vodka stands out amongst all others occupying shelves and back bars. Already available at E11EVEN MIAMI, celebrities who have been spotted drinking E11EVEN Vodka have reportedly includedLeonardo DiCaprio, Kendall Jenner, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Rob Gronkowski, Dwyane Wade and Gigi and Bella Hadid. E11EVEN Vodka — 80 proof with 40 percent ABV — is now available online for nationwide shipping via 11vodka.com and at plenty of South Florida restaurants and retail stores.
E11EVEN Vodka has been reviewed by Jeff Ellingson
Full Article: Best Tasting Spirit Published: 11/27/20 E11EVEN Vodka was launched in October by CEO Nikki Simkins. The E11EVEN brand is a lifestyle. Created as a 24/7 Ultra Club in Downtown Miami in 2014, E11EVEN Miami is the worlds highest grossing nightclub per square foot. Hundreds of taste tests were completed before selecting a vodka deserving the E11EVEN name. E11EVEN Vodka is crafted in Miami from 100% Florida grown NON-GMO corn. It is 6 times distilled in copper stills. A proprietary 7 step filtration follows, before hand bottled. Since launch E11EVEN has out sold the second most popular vodka at E11EVEN Miami by a 4 to 1 margin. The aroma brings out notes of fresh popped corn with a cracked black pepper topping. Additional time in the glass brings out vanilla, and lemon custard. The sweet citrus and creamed corn entry builds to a lemon cream peak. It fades with vanilla, whole milk and lemon. The finish is crisp with lemon peel, charcoal, and black pepper, leaving a long, semi-dry, warm peppery sting. E11EVEN Vice 1.5 Oz. E11EVEN Vodka 1 Oz. Blue Curacao .5 Oz. Coconut Puree 2 Oz. Pineapple Juice Blend With Ice on High Dip Rim of Coupe Glass in Coconut Puree Then Dip in Coconut Flakes Pour Cocktail in Glass Made in Miami Florida 40% Alcohol Score: 88 Award: Silver Medal
TASTE THE MIAMI SPIRIT
Full Article: Food & Beverage Magazine Published: 11/23/20 E11EVEN, Miami’s iconic 24/7 Ultraclub that opened in 2014, now has a Vodka named after it. E11EVEN Vodka is the first-ever nightclub-branded ultra-premium Vodka, and it’s also women-owned. Born & raised in Miami, E11EVEN Vodka CEO Nikki Simkins loved seeing what E11EVEN had done for the city. So, when she set out to create an ultra-premium Vodka, she knew that the energy, spirit & vibe of the E11EVEN lifestyle was one that would translate flawlessly into a bottle. Simkins licensed the iconic brand’s intellectual property, and in October 2020, E11EVEN Vodka made its debut. E11EVEN Vodka is currently available for nationwide shipping and in South Florida (at stores and restaurants/lounges). Next year, the brand will focus on rolling out in new markets across the U.S., and eventually, internationally. We spoke to Nikki Simkins about E11EVEN. See what she had to say! Food & Beverage: Why E11EVEN? Nikki Simkins: E11EVEN Miami is one of the world’s most recognized clubs and has become a lifestyle brand. People trust E11EVEN to do things better. It’s all about crushing the day and owning the night, living your best life, and having fun – being an E11EVEN! E11EVEN Miami truly changed the landscape of nightlife, and that’s what we want to do with E11EVEN Vodka. Food & Beverage: You have the advantage of working with one of the best nightlife brands in the world. Considering that people go to E11EVEN to have an unforgettable time, how do you tie that into the Vodka? Nikki Simkins: E11EVEN represents Miami. If you love Miami, you love E11EVEN. Like the nightclub, E11EVEN Vodka embodies Miami’s characteristics, the spirit, energy, sexiness, and excitement. And we want to share it with the world. We want to export Miami, through E11EVEN Vodka, to the entire world. Food & Beverage: Why did you choose to launch a vodka as opposed to another spirit? Nikki Simkins: One night, after drinking too much tequila, I woke up with a horrible hangover! I began researching how to remedy it and came across tons of articles that spoke about congeners. Congeners are toxins – literal chemicals like acetone & acetaldehyde – found in alcohol after the fermentation process and cause hangovers. Out of all the alcohol types, I learned that tequila has the highest congeners levels and that Vodka has the lowest (congeners levels), and it’s the cleanest! I have always been very into health & wellness, and I’m very conscious about what I put into my body – so, from that day forward, I became a Vodka drinker. E11EVEN Vodka is All-Natural & Gluten-Free, has no carbs and no sugar, is vegan & keto-friendly, and is distilled six times from 100% Florida grown organic NON-GMO corn. Food & Beverage: How did you develop the Vodka? Nikki Simkins: The process of developing E11EVEN Vodka was challenging and really fun. It was challenging because I insisted on creating the best Vodka in the world that embodied the Miami spirit. It was fun because I got to work with really great people to make this a reality. We found a fantastic master distiller in Miami and did hundreds of taste tests until we found the perfect spirit. E11EVEN Vodka is handcrafted in copper stills, distilled six times from 100% Florida grown NON-GMO corn, and then refined through a proprietary seven-step filtration process. It exudes a rounded sweetness that is clean and smooth and has subtle notes of citrus peels and cacao nibs that flawlessly blend to create a divine flavor delicately teased with hints of vanilla and cracked peppercorns. The proprietary hand filtration process softens the palate, leaving a graceful finish that is long, warm, and seductive. Once we knew we had the best tasting Vodka, we set out to create the bottle. The vision for designing the bottle was, “how do I put Miami in a bottle?.” Knowing we were putting the E11EVEN brand name (on the bottle), everything had to be elevated…it had to stand out. We went with an eye-catching Miami-blue neck sleeve, a translucent frosted glass, and an easy to remove cork. Once we had the liquid and bottle finalized, we signed up with the most prominent and respected alcohol distributor in the country, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. We then began the process of getting E11EVEN Vodka on the menus of South Florida’s best restaurants & bars and liquor store shelves. E11EVEN Vodka is also available online for nationwide shipping. After three years, I am so excited to (finally) introduce E11EVEN Vodka to the world!