If your favorite spirit is vodka, make sure you sip on one of these cocktails to celebrate on National Vodka Day which is Friday, October 4.
1. Effen Salt and Sand:
Celebrate the spirit with this cocktail which finds the perfect balance between salty and sweet using the new Effen flavor.
• 1 part Effen Salted Caramel Vodka
• 1 part Orange Juice
• .75 part DeKuyper
• .75 part fresh Sour Mix
• Orange twist for garnish
• Cherry for garnish
In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a highball glass over ice. Garnish with an orange twist and cherry.
2. Pinnacle Sugared Pecan:
A fall dessert favorite in a delicious liquid form.
• 2 parts Pinnacle Pecan Pie Vodka
• .5 part DeKuyper Amaretto Liqueur
• 1 part Half & Half
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a dusting of fresh ground cinnamon.
3. Coconut Cove:
Anytime you get nostalgic for summer, sip on this refreshing libation.
• 2 oz. New Amsterdam
• 1.5 oz. Coconut Water
• 1.5 oz. Lychee Syrup
• Cream of Coconut
• Coconut Flakes
Combine, shake and strain all ingredients into a chilled martini glass rimmed with cream of coconut and coconut flakes.
Big Red, Autumn Collins, Pinnacle Sugared Pecan and Effen Salt and Sand. (Courtesy Photos)
4. Big Red:
A lot of flavor packed in one sip or a few if you choose.
• 1.5 oz. Sobieski
• .5 oz. Campari
Shake with ice. Strain over ice or as a shooter.
5. Autumn Collins:
If you are tired of the traditional Bloody Mary, add a twist with two easy ingredients.
• 2 oz. Belvedere
• 2 oz. Cloudy Apple Cider
• Lemon squeeze
Shake and pour over cubed ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with an apple slice.
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com