Whether you like it shaken, stirred, or neat, National Vodka Day (Saturday, October 4, 2014) is on the horizon. So pick a recipe (they range from a classic martini to fall flavored punch) and raise a glass in honor of the beloved spirit.
Fall Harvest. (Courtesy Photo)
1. Fall Harvest:
• 1 oz. Sobieski
• 2 oz. Hard Cider
• 1/4 oz. Vanilla Simple Syrup
• 1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
• Cinnamon stick for garnish
In a shaker add all ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a glass, garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.
2. Pinnacle High Roller:
• 1 part Pinnacle Original Vodka
• Splash of Olive Juice
• Spritz of Vermouth
Pour the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives.
Pinnacle High Roller and The Amsterdam Mule. (Courtesy Photos)
3. French Martini:
• 3/4 oz. Lejay Cassis
• 1.5 oz. Vodka
• 3/4 oz. Pineapple Juice
• 1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
Shake with ice and fine strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon zest.
Bolly Good Punch. (Courtesy Photo)
4. Bolly Good Punch: (serves 6 to 8)
• 10 oz. Belvedere
• 14 oz. chilled Chai Tea
• 8 oz. Vanilla Syrup
• 5 oz. Almond
• 4 Orange wheels
• 5 Cinnamon Sticks
• Grated fresh Nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in large punch bowl with ice and serve immediately.
5. The Amsterdam Mule:
• 2 oz. New Amsterdam
• 3 oz. Ginger Beer
• .5 oz. Simple Syrup
• .5 oz. fresh Lime Juice
• Sprig of Mint
Pour vodka over ice. Add simple syrup and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Spank mint sprig (to release aromas) and add as garnish. Serve in metal mug.
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
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