5 Ghoulishly Delightful Cocktails For Halloween

5 Ghoulishly Delightful Cocktails For Halloween

Get down with your Ghoul-self! It’s Halloween!

Looking for some cocktails to serve up for Halloween? These 5 Ghoulishly Delightful Halloween Cocktails are sure to make any Goblin’s day!

5 Ghoulishly Delightful Cocktails For Halloween

 


 

Pumpkin Martini

Ghoulishly Delightful Halloween Cocktails - Pumpkin Martini

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

This Pumpkin Martini will make your cauldron bubble.

 

Witch’s Hat

Ghoulishly Delightful Halloween Cocktails - Witch's Hat

Image / Recipe from // Sam Henderson

This HHalloween cocktail might be as pitch black as the Wicked Witch, but it’s sweet like Glinda.

 

Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet

Ghoulishly Delightful Halloween Cocktails - Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet

Image / Recipe from // Cake and Whisky

Who says Vampires have more fun? Line up your goblets for this bloody good Halloween cocktail.

 

Poison Apple

Ghoulishly Delightful Halloween Cocktails - Poison Apple

Image / Recipe from // Sam Henderson

Watch out Snow White! This Poison Apple gets these two witches’ stamps of approval.

 

Spooky Spiked Cider

Ghoulishly Delightful Halloween Cocktails - Spooky Spiked Mulled Cider

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This spooky spiked cider will get your skeletons rattling and werewolves a-howling.

 

 

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Drink of the week: Pumpkin Martini

Halloween Party Ready Pumpkin Martini

Jack O’Lanterns, beware!

Looking for a pumpkin themed cocktail to serve for a Halloween party? This Pumpkin Martini will make your cauldron bubble.

Halloween Party Ready Pumpkin Martini Recipe

Someone better go tell Charlie Brown. In the affray of Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Spiced flavored everything, this martini is the Great Pumpkin we’ve been looking for. Our list of fall cocktail creations includes all kinds of Pumpkin Flavored drinks, but this cocktail is pure and simple deliciousness.

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. Temperatures begin to cool, there are decorations everywhere, and it becomes socially acceptable to wear black all month without questions. Yes, Halloween is a grand time for haunted houses and parties with friends. My family throws a large Halloween party for friends, family, and neighbors every year. It has become a kind of tradition. So has crafting goolish cocktails and goodies for our guests. Oddly enough, though, we haven’t gotten around to a pumpkin-flavored cocktail until now.

Using pumpkin pie filling and a spiced simple syrup, like Eli Mason Spiced Simple Syrup, makes this the ultimate fall flavored cocktail. We also used straight vodka and added in vanilla instead of using flavored vodka, but feel free to cut corners and use a good vanilla vodka if you like. These flavors really mingle well together in a chilled glass.

This cocktail is served neat in a sugar rimmed cocktail glass [cause there’s no such thing as a “martini glass”]. It makes it even more festive to use colored sugar for Halloween. We suggest using the classic Halloween colors: Black, orange, and green for your sugar rims.

Now let’s show you how you make a Pumpkin Martini!

 

Pumpkin Martini

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Filling
  • ½ Ounce Spiced Simple Syrup
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Sugar for Rims
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker w/ Strainer

 

Preparation

Sugar Rims: Fill a small plate with the sugar of your choice, making sure the sugar on the plate is thick enough to cover the rim of your glass. Run a lemon or lime wedge along the rim of the glass. Dip rim into the sugar to evenly coat. Set aside.

Pumpkin Martini: Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake for about 30 seconds or until chilled. Strain into a prepared cocktail glass. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 153 Fat (g) 7 Saturated Fat (g) 4 Potassium (mg) 139 Carbohydrates (g) 5 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 1 Protein (g) 2 Sodium (mg) 30

This Pumpkin Martini will make your cauldron bubble.

 
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How to make Classic Hot Buttered Rum

Make this Delicious Classic Hot Buttered Rum

Cold nights wouldn’t be the same without it

There’s nothing that quite spells out Fall and Winter like good ol’Hot Buttered Rum. This classic recipe for Hot Buttered Rum will surely brighten up the coldest nights.

Make this Delicious Classic Hot Buttered Rum

When you think of cold Fall and Winter nights, Hot Buttered Rum often comes to mind [at least if you grew up in the cold nights of the Northern States that is]. Hot mulled ciders and buttered rums are pretty much a staple nightcap in some places.

Butter and rum might seem like an odd combination, but this classic drink has been enjoyed in the Great White North for a very long time and it sometimes gets a bum rap. It’s not everyone’s cup of Hot Toddy. Nonetheless, it has been and will continue to be a favorite of cold weather lovers everywhere.

We are definitely not fans of the recipes that have a dollop of butter plopped right in the mug. That just spells out a goopy mess of ick as you are sipping. It’s why we definitely recommend using a batter instead of straight butter. This recipe for Hot Buttered Rum Batter comes to us from Tracy at The Kitchen is My Playground. It is a much better way to make this hot concoction.

When making hot buttered rum, using a dark or spiced rum is the key. Light rum doesn’t do this drink justice. If you find a light rum that works, I’d really like to know about it. We are always open to experimenting with ingredients, but, for now, we’ll stick with tradition. If you’ve never tried hot buttered rum, keep an open mind and you might find yourself a new nightcap to enjoy all Fall and Winter long.

This is how you make classic Hot Buttered Rum!

 

Buttered Rum Batter

Yields: 1 Container

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Stick Softened Unsalted Butter
  • ¾ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ to ½ Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • ⅛ to ¼ Teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • Small Pinch Ground Cloves
  • Small Pinch Fleur de sel, Kosher, or Sea Salt

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Measuring Spoons/Cups
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon or Fork
  • Air Tight Storage Container

 

Hot Buttered Rum

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Dark or Spiced Rum
  • 6 Ounces Boiling Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Buttered Rum Batter
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick for Garnish
  • Whipped Creme [Optional]

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Mug or Irish Coffee Glasses
  • Spoon

 

Preparation

Make the Batter: Mash together softened butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a mixing bowl with a spoon or fork, until well combined. Place into storage container for later or use immediately for hot buttered rums.

Hot Buttered Rum: Add batter and rum to a mug. Pour in hot water and stir to combine. Go ahead and use a cinnamon stick to stir it and then stick it in as a garnish. Top with whipped creme if desired and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 316 Fat (g) 12 Saturated Fat (g) 7.6 Potassium (mg) 10 Carbohydrates (g) 4.29 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4 Protein (g) 0.18 Sodium (mg) 5

Make this Delicious Classic Hot Buttered Rum

 

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US Ban Lift of Cuban Rum

Here’s What You Need to Know About the US Ban Lift of Cuban Rum

The Obama Administration Lifts US Import Ban of Cuban Rum, Cigars

Travelers take note: You no longer have to find ways to smuggle Cuban rum and cigars back into the US.

The Obama Administration Lifts US Import Ban of Cuban Rum, Cigars

via Joe Raedle/Getty Images // Bottles of Havana Club Rum will be available in Cuba to US consumers for personal consumption

In an effort to continue to improve US-Cuban relations, the Obama Administration announced a new round of executive actions designed to increase trade and travel with Cuba on Friday. This includes lifting the import restrictions of Cuban rum and cigars into the United States.

“The Treasury Department has worked to break down economic barriers in areas such as travel, trade and commerce, banking and telecommunications.” said Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in a statement on October 14th.

In their statement, the Office of Foreign Assets Control declared it will remove the monetary restrictions of rum and cigars. Previously, tourists were only permitted to bring 100 dollars worth of Cuban rum and cigars back with them to the States. As of October 17th, American tourists in Cuba will be allowed to import up to 100 cigars and 1 liter of rum under the current US import duties for foreign alcohol and tobacco.

However, this doesn’t mean your local bar will be stocking up on Havana Rum just yet. The lift of the import restrictions is currently in effect for personal consumption only and purchases can only be made on Cuban soil.

Online and commercial importation of Cuban rum and cigars has not yet been addressed. An act of Congress is needed to approve the commercial sale of Cuban rum and cigars on US soil. This means commercial establishments looking to cash in on the US demand for Cuban rum will have to wait a while longer to import Cuban goods.

“More commercial activity between the U.S. and Cuba benefits our people and our economies,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. It has not yet been determined when we will see the commercial importation of Cuban goods begin, but the Alcohol and Tobacco industries are standing at the ready.

So while you’re scheduling your next trip to Cuba, make sure your carry-on is ready to bring a piece of the island nation home with you.

For more information on the US removal of Cuban Import Limits check out the report at CNN.

 

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5 Great Fireside Cocktails that We love [And You Will Too!]

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love [And You Will Too!]

It’s time to get cozy by the fire

This time of year is perfect for sitting around the fire with friends and family. It’s a place to share company, laughter, stories, and cocktails. Grab some logs and grab some bottles, cause you are going to want to try all 5 of these great fireside cocktails that we [absolutely] love!

THE AWESOME FIRESIDE COCKTAILS THAT WE LOVE  [AND YOU WILL TOO!]

 


 

Spiked Mulled Cider

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Spiked Mulled Cider

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

It just wouldn’t be Fall without Mulled Cider, and our recipe for spiked mulled cider is sure to get the fire pit party started. Folks have been spiking mulled cider with hootch for generations, and we’re keeping the tradition alive with these variations of the mulled cider recipe.

 

Tipsy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Tipsy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Image / Recipe from // Chowhound

This Nutella packed hot chocolate delight is just what our inner child has been asking for in a fireside cocktail! It makes a great little Nightcap to sip in front of the fireplace on a cold night.

 

Old Fashioned Hot Toddy

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Old Fashioned Hot Toddy

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

Curling up with a nice Hot Toddy is one great way to get cozy by the fire. It’s kind of like magic. This wondrous mixture of whiskey and tea warms the body and the soul at the same time.

 

Apple Cider Whiskey Sour

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Apple Cider Whiskey Sour

Image / Recipe from // Boulder Locavore

Give your classic Whiskey Sour an Autumn twist! The cinnamon syrup in this Spiced Apple Cider Whiskey Sour adds just the right amount of extra kick to the already spiced cocktail. Try using the spice recipe of our Spiked Mulled Cider for the spiced cider!

 

Salted Caramel White Russian

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Salted Caramel White Russian

Image / Recipe from // Kate La Vie

An Iced cocktail might seem different for a fireside cocktail, but hear us out. Salted Caramel is as Fall as Pumpkin Spice, and this Salted Caramel upgrade to the White Russian will have you saying “YASSS!”

 

 

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Original New Orleans Style Sazerac recipe from the Brio Smart Life Blog

Original New Orleans Style Sazerac

The Big Easy knows how to make cocktails!

This Big Easy Nightcap is a true American classic. Try this original Sazerac recipe that’ll make you feel that New Orleans hospitality.

Drink of the week: Original New Orleans Style Sazerac

The history behind this classic American cocktail is rather interesting. Invented by Creole pharmacist and inventor of Peychaud’s bitters, Antoine Peychaud, the original Sazerac was a combination of rye whiskey, Absinthe, rich simple syrup, and Peychaud’s Bitters. This Pre-Prohibition era cocktail wouldn’t let the US ban of Absinthe pull it off the cocktail menu. The Sazerac Company got clever and began to use Herbsaint, an anise-flavored liquor, as a substitute for Absinthe.

The Sazerac recipe often juggles back and forth between Cognac and Rye Whiskey. Every bartender I have ever ordered this cocktail from uses the Cognac version of the recipe. They call it the old New Orleans way to make this cocktail, hence why I decided to call this the New Orleans Style Sazerac. Cognac is an acquired taste. It can overpower pretty much everything else in this cocktail, so, for me, the [cognac] Sazerac is one of those sipping cocktails I could nurse all evening.

A proper sazerac is served neat in a rocks/old fashioned glass. So I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you want to make this sazerac with cognac or rye whiskey. You can’t really go wrong either way.

Now let’s show you how you make a Sazerac!

 

Sazerac

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • ½ Ounce Absinthe
  • 2 Ounces Cognac [or Sazerac Rye Whiskey]
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 3 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Mixing Glass

 

Preparation

Sazerac: Rinse a chilled rocks glass with absinthe and fill the glass with ice. In a mixing glass, pour cognac, simple syrup, and bitters over ice. Stir together for 30 seconds.

Discard the ice from the prepared glass and pour off the excess absinthe. Strain cocktail into the chilled glass, and garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 174 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 7 Carbohydrates (g) 8.5 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 0.1 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

Original New Orleans Style Sazerac recipe from the Brio Smart Life Blog

 

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the everything guide to glassware

The Everything Guide To Glassware

Presentation Can Be Everything!

In whatever bar you go to, bartenders can be very choosy about how they serve up their cocktails. There are a lot of types of glassware at your disposal, and mixologists don’t always use the same type of glasses for the same cocktails.

So that poses a question: Does glassware really make the cocktail? Well in this everything guide to glassware, we’re going to breakdown of the different types of glasses and why we use them to serve our cocktails.

The Everything Guide to Glassware

 

Rocks – Old Fashioned – Lowball

The Rocks glass, also known as an Old Fashioned or Lowball, is a short glass that generally holds around 4 to 12 ounces of liquid. It is a very versatile class of glassware as bartenders use them to both build and serve up cocktails. Whiskey is one of the most common spirits served in a rocks glass. The rocks glass became synonymous with the Old Fashioned cocktail, hence why it is often referred to as an Old Fashioned glass.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Maple-Bourbon Smash]

 

Highball – Collins – Delmonico

This tall, cylindrical cocktail glass family has slightly different variations in their shape. The Delmonico is the shortest and has a slight flare at the rim, the Collins is slightly more narrow and tall, and the Highball is a little wider but shorter than the Collins. These glasses were designed to keep cocktails cold and to help hold their carbonation. Highballs make the perfect glasses for tall cocktails that are served over ice, or have some form of carbonation.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Gin Rickey ]

 

Nick and Nora

The elegant looking Nick & Nora glass was named after the main characters from the Thin Man film series. This tulip glass is often used as an alternative to the Martini and Coupe glasses for delightful presentation. The Nick and Nora is a great glass to serve up martinis, manhattans, and rob roys.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Rob Roy]

 

Coupe

Originally designed as a Champagne glass, the coupe’s curved shape helps prevent cocktails from spilling out. Cocktails in this glass are served neat, meaning no ice, to show off their clarity. Mixologists tend to use this glass in place of a traditional martini glass for presentation purposes.

[make a cocktail using this glass: The Ice Queen]

 

Cocktail

Probably the most iconic of cocktail glassware, the Cocktail glass vary in size and slope. The glass’ shape has an interesting flaw. Cocktails in this V-shaped glass are easily spilled mid-transport, so it’s best not to fill the cocktail to the top. The cocktail glass has become synonymous with the number one cocktail served in it, the Martini, but note there is no real such thing as a separate Martini Glass.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Cosmopolitan ]

 

Champagne Flute

This tall, slender, stemmed glass was designed to help offset the quickness that Champagne loses its carbonation. It is typically only used to serve straight Champagne or Champaign-based cocktails, like Bellinis and Mimosas.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Kir Royale]

 

Julep Cup – Mule Mug

These iconic metal cups are used to serve up Julep and Mule cocktails. The metal cups are supposed to affect the temperature of the cocktail, keeping it colder longer. Julep cups are traditionally made of Sterling or Pewter and are a standard tall, cylindrical shape; while Mule mugs are made of Copper and are typically round but can vary in shape.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Mint Julep ]

 

Margarita

This festively curved stemmed glass is named after the classic cocktail that is traditionally served in it. The shape of the margarita glass is modeled after the Coupe, adding presentation and functionality to the glass. While it’s often used for frozen cocktails from Margaritas to Daiquiris, it is common to serve margaritas in other glasses as well.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Classic Margarita ]

 

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You'll want to pucker up for this Amaretto Cranberry Kiss

Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

It’s time to upgrade from a simple Vodka Cranberry

The Cranberry Kiss melds the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry juice and the smoothness of vodka.

Brio Smart Life Drink of the week: Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

Also referred to as the Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss, this Drink of the Week recipe was adapted from Meredith Deeds & Carla Snyder’s 8 servings recipe at Bon Appetit. This fall cocktail found a way to mellow out the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry and citrus juices and the smooth feel of vodka.

Like most young folks who don’t know any better, my first cocktail at a bar was a Vodka Cranberry. I figured it’s tart and sweet, why not! Of course, my cocktail palate has grown from there, but I still sometimes find myself finding ways to mix vodka and cranberry juice together in a cocktail. One of those ways was a Valentine’s Day cocktail I dubbed the Sweet Loven’ Martini. The Cranberry Kiss is the next upgrade from the simple Vodka Cranberry.

Now if you don’t like sweet cocktails – sorry mate – this one ain’t for you. While it’s not extra sweet, some folks like me find Amaretto very sweet. That’s why you need something with a tang, like cranberry juice, to cut down on the sweet factor. Using freshly squeezed orange juice can also help cut down the sweetness by not introducing any added sugar to your cocktail. That added sugar is what can also cause a nasty hangover if you aren’t too careful.

[You might want to try one of these treats to offset that hangover if you are going to be drinking a lot of fruity sugary drinks.]

You all know by now, as long as it isn’t Aristocrat, I’m not that picky with my choice of Vodka. I save my snobbery for Whiskey, like a lady. We recently stocked up the liquor cabinet for Hurricane Matthew, that’s headed our way this weekend. Riding out a Cat 2 storm just isn’t the same if you don’t have a Hurricane Party. So I picked up a bottle of Svedka. Svedka is one of those great value brand vodkas that won’t break the bank. They also specialize in fruit-flavored vodkas, so keep that in mind for the future. Hint-Hint. Nudge-Nudge.

Now let’s show you how you make a Cranberry Kiss!

 

Cranberry Kiss

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1¹⁄³ Ounces Vodka
  • 2²⁄³ Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 2/3 Ounce Amaretto
  • 2/3 Ounce Orange Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Cranberry Kiss: Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 seconds, or until the drink is properly chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 158.01 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 20.76 Carbohydrates (g) 18.31 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9.53 Protein (g) 0.06 Sodium (mg) 1.6

How to make an Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss via the Brio Smart Life Blog

 

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5 palate pleasing vodka cocktails from the Brio Smart Life Blog

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails You Need to Try Right Now

When You Need Some Vodka In Your Life

Every cocktail enthusiast should have a go-to vodka cocktail. But as most bartenders will tell you, the Moscow Mule is so overrated! You should be trying these 5 palate pleasing vodka cocktails instead.

5 palate pleasing vodka cocktails from the Brio Smart Life Blog

 


 

Hemsley Collins

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - Hemsley Collins

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

Tom Collins lovers take note. The Hemsley Collins is a refreshingly light and tart take on the Vodka Collins that you should be drinking right now. Unlike a regular vodka Collins, a Hemsley Collins uses raw honey in exchange for granulated sugar or simple syrup. It does still have that tart bite you’ve come to expect from Collins drinks, but it’s not too strong.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1¾ Ounces Vodka
  • 1½ Ounces Lemon Juice
  • 2 Ounces Raw Honey
  • 5 Ounces San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • Mint & Lemon Slices for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Collins Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

How to make a Hemsley Collins

In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, lemon juice, and honey. Shake well, and pour into ice-filled Collins glasses. Top with San Pellegrino. Add a few slices of lemon and stir. Garnish with mint. Enjoy!

 

Black Russian

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - Black Russian

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

The Black Russian is a classic vodka cocktail. This mixture of Vodka and Kahlua has been pleasing the American cocktail palate since the outbreak of the Cold War. It’s a bit of a versatile cocktail that’s best enjoyed as a Nightcap. If you find yourself so inclined, add a splash of milk or cream to this cocktail and you have yourself a White Russian.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Coffee Liqueur
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

How to make a Black Russian

Add ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a Rocks glass filled with ice. Enjoy!

 

Pear Vanilla Cocktail

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - Pear Vanilla Cocktail

Image / Recipe from // Two-Tarts

So simple, elegant, and tastes like Fall perfection. This Pear Vanilla vodka cocktail is an easy made cocktail that has a real aromatic brightness that you can taste. This is the perfect cocktail for a lazy evening in. This recipe has been adapted from Two-Tart’s 4 servings to a single serving.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces Pear Juice
  • 1½ Ounces Vodka
  • 1/8 Vanilla Bean, Seeds Scraped
  • Vanilla Sugar to Garnish Rim
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make a Pear Vanilla Vodka Cocktail

Add pear juice and vodka to a shaker with ice. Split open the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds into the shaker. Shake until chilled, or about 20 to 30 seconds. Pour into a sugar rimmed rocks glass filled with ice. Enjoy!

 

The Frenchy Cocktail

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - The Frenchy

Image / Recipe from // The OP Life

If you are looking for a tangy and fruity vodka cocktail, then look no further! The Frenchy pairs the tanginess of pineapple and cranberry juices with the subtle sweetness of pear vodka. It’s an easy [and yummy] 3 ingredient vodka cocktail that you’ll want to add to your party list.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Grey Goose Pear Vodka
  • 3 Ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Bar Spoon

How to make the Frenchy

Pour in the pear vodka and pineapple juice into a rocks glass filled with ice. Give it a stir, and top with cranberry juice. Enjoy!

 

Elyx Cup

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - Elyx Cup

Image / Recipe from // Ethan Calabrese / Delish

If Spa Water had an alcoholic cousin, it would be the Elyx Cup. This cocktail is refreshingly bubbly with a clean citrus finish. We like this cocktail because it has a lot to offer without being overly complicated or sour. It also makes an interesting alternative to a typical vodka mojito.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 2 Slices Cucumber
  • 2 Ounces Absolut Elyx Vodka
  • ¾ Ounce Lime Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • Prosecco
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make an Elyx Cup

Muddle the mint and cucumber together at the bottom of a rocks glass. Next, add vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake till chilled. Add crushed ice to glass and pour in mixture. Top cocktail with a splash of Prosecco. Enjoy!

 

 

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