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Grapefruit Sage Vodka Cocktail

This grapefruit sage cocktail is already so fresh and crisp. But, drinking it out of these amazing Anthropologie copper mugs makes it that much better! At $24.00 per mug, they are a dreamy addition to any Pinterest-worthy bar cart!

The copper mug keeps this drink icy and refreshing – and has us dreaming of summer already!

Ingredients
1 – 2 fresh squeezed grapefruits + extra slice to keep in drink, if desired
1.5 – 3 oz. vodka
Sage simple syrup + extra leaves to garnish

Squeeze 5 tablespoons of fresh grapefruit juice, and pour 2 tablespoons of sage simple syrup (recipe here) into a shaker, and shake it like a Polaroid picture. 😉 Strain into glass and add 1-2 shots of vodka. Top with either a flavored grapefruit water, or Izze grapefruit soda (this will make it sweeter). You can also use tonic water for no added flavor. Garnish with sage leaves.

It’s the perfect fizzy, fruity concoction.

Enjoy!

February 2, 2017
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Espresso Vodka Martini

Still in a lull from the holidays? If you need an extra boost to get back in the swing of things, this espresso vodka martini is perfect for your next happy hour. The mixture of vodka and espresso will give you a relaxed martini buzz, with just a little boost of energy!


Ingredients
1.5 oz martini grade vodka
1 oz coffee liqueur
1 shot of espresso
ice

Fill the martini glass with ice to chill and set aside. Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso into a cocktail shaker and top full of ice.  Shake vigorously because you want the ice to smash up while chilling the liquid down; that’s what creates the frothy top. Try to use fresh ice, as melting ice is watery and will dilute the martini. Empty the ice out of the Martini glass, then place the strainer on top of the shaker and pour the contents through a sieve directly into the glass. Using the strainer and the sieve helps create a rich, smooth, froth. Garnish with a few coffee beans and get your sip on!

Instead of the traditional mimosa for your next brunch cocktail, try our Espresso Martini 

Enjoy!

January 11, 2017
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Blood Orange Cocktail

This blood orange vodka cocktail is so delicious, you won’t even believe it only has two ingredients!

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It just doesn’t seem right to spend 30 minutes putting a cocktail together, to drink it in less than 10. As they say, “worker smarter, not harder” – and this also applies when mixing drinks. 

Ingredients
Blood Orange Italian Soda from Whole Foods
Tito’s vodka (our favorite)

Simply pour 2-3 shots of vodka into a glass over ice, top with the Blood Orange soda, place a blood orange slice, and a sprig of rosemary. To bring out the flavor of the rosemary, place rosemary on a cutting board and gently rub with a fork to release the flavor and aroma before putting in your drink.

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If you prefer a more natural option with less sugar – skip the blood orange soda, and use tonic + the juice of 1 whole blood orange. Make sure to save a slice for the top! 

If you want to have a stronger rosemary flavor, you can always make a rosemary simple syrup to add in. Make a traditional simple syrup, but add rosemary.

This should definitely be on your go-to list for vodka cocktail!

Cheers

December 6, 2016
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Prickly Pear Martini

This fall, fancy drinks are trending. Enter: Prickly Pear Martini. Ok, maybe not so much- but, fall is when the all the beautiful [and dangerous] prickly pears are in full bloom. We are fully convinced that these little fruits are the most vibrant and gorgeous color that nature produces- added bonus that they also happen to be delicious! These neon cacti pears provide juice that tastes like a cross between all-natural bubble gum (if there was such a thing) and watermelon. Although the flavor is very subtle, the color is out of this world!

The most common prickly pear cocktail is a Margarita- but since our favorite cocktail is a martini- we decided to get creative and come up with our own recipe.

Please note: prickly pears are actually very, very prickly- so make this recipe with caution! While the ones in markets have been cleaned of the tiny hair-like thorns; the pears fresh off the cactus are covered with them. Be sure to handle these with heavy leather work gloves, and scrub them hard to ensure all the painful little barbs are off. If you buy the already de-pricked pears- peeling them is easy with a veggie peeler.

This Prickly Pear Martini recipe has a bit of a process; so, don’t think you can whip this up in 30 seconds and get your drink on- especially if you plan on picking your own prickly pears!

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Ingredients:
2 oz. Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
2 Tbsp. Fresh Prickly Pear Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lime

To extract the juice, place the “husked” and peeled prickly pears into a blender or food processor and pulse until liquefied.

Place the juice into a fine mesh sieve and push out the juice into a pitcher or bowl. Discard the remaining pulp and seeds.

Add prickly pear juice, vodka, & lime into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold

Pour into a martini glass, garnish with fresh lime wedge.

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Enjoy!

November 4, 2016
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