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By Stef Schwalb

Bilbo is back in theaters today…and what better way to celebrate than with a premium spirit that hails from his homeland (well, his cinematic one anyway). Broken Shed Vodka (, which launched stateside in June 2012 and is available in New York, Connecticut, and select online retail outlets, has been distilled to the highest-quality standards in New Zealand for more than 25 years.

Free of additives and blended from two distinct water sources – one from Otago on the South Island and the other from East Tamaki on the North Island – Broken Shed Vodka is produced in Wanaka, a small lake town in the mountains of the country’s Southern Alps. The product was originally crafted and created in a broken down old shed located on Lake Wanaka, which is where it got its name.

The Middle Collins cocktail, which unites Broken Shed Vodka with the country’s signature wine Sauvignon Blanc as well as lemon flavors, was served at the world premiere of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in Wellington last month. Below is the recipe for all of the Peter Jackson and J.R.R. Tolkien fans who want to make this clever, refreshing concoction in the comfort of their own Shire:

The Middle Collins:
2 ½ oz. Broken Shed Vodka
1 oz. New Zealand Sauvignon Wine
½ oz. Lemon Juice
½ oz. Vanilla Sugar
Topping of Limonata
Kiwifruit Wheel or Lemon Grass
Spear Garnish

Build in glass with ice and top with Limonata.

Key Words: Broken Shed Vodka, New Zealand, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Middle Collins, cocktails, Sauvignon Blanc, Stef Schwalb

Facebook/Twitter: Welcome back, Bilbo! Celebrate “The Hobbit” with Broken Shed Vodka and a Middle Collins cocktail.

Originally published December 2012
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