OYO is a premium vodka that pays tribute to the Iroquois name for the Ohio River Valley (OYO, pronounced O-Why-O) and the original area where the Middle West Spirits Distillery was established 13 years ago. The brand was first introduced in 2010 and proudly serves as a symbol of Middle West Spirits’ unwavering commitment to the land in which it is born and created, from grain to glass.


OYO American Character Vodka ($31.99 / 750ML) is made from the finest local soft red winter wheat by founder and fourth-generation distiller Ryan Lang.  it’s unfiltered and boasts a distinctiveness that’s a favorite among vodka drinkers.


Created by Kyle Nelson, Beverage Director, Middle West Spirits/Service Bar


  • 1.5 ounces OYO Character Vodka

  • 0.5 ounce Cherry Heering

  • 0.5 ounce fresh lime juice

  • 0.5 ounce tart cherry juice

  • 0.5 ounce simple syrup

  • 0.25 ounce Luxardo Maraschino liqueur

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin. Fill the remainder of the tin with ice. Shake vigorously for fifteen seconds or until the outside of the shaker is chilled. Double strain into a large snifter filled with cobbled ice. Garnish with a fresh lime wheel and a Luxardo cherry.

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