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Fall Cocktail Bazaar: The Kamikaze

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 14, 2018

My Cocktail Bazaar was made possible by the many recipes and sample products sent to me by Smirnoff Vodka through their USA Media Team. Today I am looking at their flagship product, Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka served in a Kamikaze Cocktail.

The word Kamikaze entered into the popular vernacular of North America near the end of the Second World War. This is because Kamikaze were special aviation attack units within the Japanese Military who carried out suicide missions with their planes attacking US military warcraft near the end of the Pacific Campaign. The Kamikaze units were often featured in American film and television after the war which led to the word kamikaze coming to represent not just Japanese Kamikaze fighters, but also all manner of extreme, dangerous or reckless behavior. It’s not surprising that the word with all of its implication would become (in the mid to late 1970’s) the name of a reckless ‘shooter style’ cocktail.

We can however, look at both the word Kamikaze, and the Kamikaze cocktail, in a different light. You see, the term kamikaze actually came about in 1281 when the Mongols under Kublai Khan tried to invade Japan. The Mongol soldiers were being carried by ships across the Japanese Sea when the Mongol fleet was destroyed by a tsunami off the coast of Japan. The tsunami wind was referred to as a kamikaze or “spirit wind” by the Japanese who were seemingly saved by this divine intervention.

Just as the word Kamikaze seems to have dual implications, I suggest that the named cocktail does as well. Although (according to cocktail historian Dave Wondrich (see here)) the Kamikaze began its life as perhaps the first shooter cocktail (a reckless serving indeed), as time has went by, the bar drink has been re-examined and now is recognized by the IBF (International Bartenders Association) as a classic New Era Drink.

The Kamikaze represents a well-balanced proportion of sweet (Triple Sec) and sour (Lime Juice) constructed in equal proportions with Vodka (in this case, Smirnoff No. 21). The ingredients are shaken (or stirred) over ice and served in a simple cocktail glass. Rather than shooting the contents down the gullet, I recommend sipping slowly so as to savour the lightly sweet and tart flavour combination.

Here is the Kamikaze served with Smirnoff No. 21 (red label) Vodka.

Kamikaze

1 oz  Smirnoff No. 21
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Ice
Lime Wedge

Add the three ingredients into a metal shaker with ice
Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker frosts.
Strain into a nice cocktail glass
Add the ice from the shaker with a slice of lime

Garnish (if desired) with a wedge of lime
And of course…enjoy!

If  you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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Note: Smirnoff No. 21 is a triple distilled spirit, produced on a large multi-column still from North American prairie grain. It is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

You may read my recent review of Smirnoff No. 21 here:

Review: Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka 

“… Because Smirnoff is perceived by many to be mass-produced and therefore an economy brand, I received a bit of online criticism for my favourable review of the spirit four years ago. However, so far in the tasting session, the spirit is again showing itself to be a much better vodka than its price would indicate …”

Chimo!

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Fall Cocktail Bazaar: Raspberry Be-Dazzler

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 12, 2018

Although Smirnoff Vodka provided me with the bulk of the samples and recipes for my Cocktail Bazaar, some of the other spirit brands owned by Diageo also stepped up as well. One of those brands was Bulleit who sent me several recipes for their Bulleit Bourbon and Bullet Rye. One recipe which caught my eye was called the Be-Dazzler which mixed Bulleit Bourbon with Grapefruit Juice and Campari, which was in turn lengthened with Fanta Strawberry.

I liked that the recipe provided an unusual complement of flavours; but unfortunately I am not a fan of strawberries or strawberry flavoured foods and beverages. My wife, who knows me well, suggested that I substitute a raspberry flavoured beverage in place of the strawberry. Since Fanta makes both a strawberry and a raspberry soda, the switch was quite easy.

So this is my take of the Be-Dazzler, you can try it with Raspberry soda, or in its original form with Strawberry.

Raspberry Be-Dazzler

1 oz Bulleit Bourbon
1/2 oz Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Campari (Italian Bitter Aperitif)
Ice
1 oz Fanta Raspberry
Wedge of Lemon

Add the first three ingredient into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into an ice filled tumbler
Garnish with a wedge of Lemon

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If you are interested in more cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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Note: Bulleit Bourbon is produced at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The brand traces its heritage back to 1830 when tavern keeper Augustus Bulleit (after a few experimental trials) created the brand and began to market it locally and eventually to areas outside of Kentucky. According to the Bulleit Bourbon website, the spirit is produced from a rye heavy mash with of course corn as well as malted barley. It is bottled at 45% for the North American Market.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey

“… As I let the glass breathe, the woody aroma of new oak remained strong, but it did not overpower the honeycomb and toffee scents which remained firm. The breezes above the glass also contain some nice rye accents, and some soft vanilla …”

Please enjoy the review, Chimo!

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Fall Cocktail Bazaar: Red White and Berry Sidecar

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 4, 2018

My Autumn Cocktail Bazaar continues this week with a look at Smirnoff’s patriotic (Fourth of July inspired) Flavoured Vodka. Smirnoff Red White and Berry was described to me as having the cooling taste of Cherry, Citrus and sweet Blue Raspberry flavors all combined for a refreshingly delicious taste of freedom. It is recommended to be served in your favorite summer cocktail​s.

This fall I am turning that recommendation on its head by bringing this fruity combination to you in a delicious Autumn Cocktail created by yours truly. My inspiration for this cocktail comes from the popular Sidecar and the twist I am placing on this classic indulgence is that I am using a combination of Smirnoff Red White and Berry, and Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka to replace the Brandy in the serving.

Red White and Berry Sidecar

3/4 oz  Smirnoff Red White and Berry
3/4 oz  Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
1/2 oz  Lemon Juice
1 tsp Triple Sec
Ice
Lemon Peel

Add the ingredients into a metal shaker with Ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with a slice of Citrus

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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Note: Smirnoff Red White and Berry is a Limited Edition seasonal offering from Smirnoff Co. bottled at 30% alcohol by volume.

You may read my full review of the Red White and Berry by clicking on the following link:

Review: Smirnoff Red White and Berry

“… When I poured a sample of the Red White and Berry into my Glencairn I was surprised at the punch of fruity flavours which greeted me. I was expecting the citrus and raspberry to dominate but (at least by my reckoning) the first aromas to greet my nostrils were sweet red cherries the scent of which reminded me of Turkish Delight …”

Enjoy the review which includes yet another new recipe, the Red White and Berry Fresher.

Chimo!

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Fall Cocktail Bazaar: Pumpkin Spiced Shotte

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 29, 2018

My Fall Cocktail Bazaar was inspired by the recipes (and the samples) sent to me by the media team which represents Smirnoff which is a Diageo owned Vodka Brand. Diageo also owns the Captain Morgan brand and the same company which handles media relations for the Smirnoff brand does the same for Captain Morgan. So it was not really a surprise to me when they reached out and asked me to include at least one Captain Morgan inspired recipe in my Bazaar as well. In that vein, here is a great Halloween recipe from Captain Morgan which uses both their Pumpkin Spiced Rum and their Coconut flavoured Captain Morgan LocoNut, as well as a nice helping of coffee and whipped cream:

Pumpkin Spiced Shotte

1 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast
1 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut
2 oz. Cold Brew
Ice
Whipped Cream, Cinnamon
Carmel Drizzle

Combine Jack-O’Blast, LocoNut and cold brew in a metal shaker with ice
Shake Until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Pour into 2.5 oz. shot glass rimmed with cinnamon
Top with Whipped Cream and a caramel drizzle.

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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Note: Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast Pumpkin Spiced Rum is a Limited Edition Spiced Rum meant to inhabit the “shots” category and was the first the first pumpkin spiced rum offering available. The premise of the spiced flavour is ‘autumn in a shot glass’ as Captain Morgan has blended Caribbean rum with fall flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon (as well as other autumnal spices) creating what they hope will be an insanely delicious shot. The Spirit is bottled at is bottled at 30 % alcohol by volume and you may click on the following link to read my previously published review:

Review: Captain Morgan Jack-O’ Blast

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Note: Captain Morgan LocoNut is a gluten-free blend of Caribbean Rum, Coconut Liqueur, Spice and Natural Flavours, and it arrives in a nifty scratch and sniff coconut shaped (and apparently scented) round rum bottle .

According to the Captain Morgan:

After blasting into the shots category with CAPTAIN MORGAN Cannon Blast, CAPTAIN MORGAN LocoNut is shaking things up with its new coconut-flavored shot which comes in a coconut-shaped bottle, smells like a coconut and yeah, you guessed it, tastes like a coconut. It’s the perfect shot to enjoy responsibly with friends, co-workers, bro-conuts, fun in-laws, very friendly strangers and of course, coconut lovers …

The spirit is bottled at 20 % alcohol by volume and you may click on this link to read my previously written review:

Review: Review: Captain Morgan Loconut (Flavoured Rum)

Happy Halloween!

 

 

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Cocktail Bazaar: Spooky Screwdriver

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 28, 2018

My Smirnoff inspired cocktail Bazaar continues, and with Halloween just around the corner I thought I would share a simple Vodka Cocktail which features Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver, the Spooky Screwdriver.

I should point out to my readers that Smirnoff makes two different products by the name of Smirnoff Ice. In Canada (and parts of Europe) Smirnoff Ice is a brand of vodka based Premixed beverages. In the United States (which is where my samples came from) and in France, Smirnoff Ice is instead a Malt based premixed beverage. Vodka is a product of distillation, whereas the malt based drinks produced by brewing. This means that the Canadian version of the product has a cleaner flavour profile which highlights more clearly the chosen flavour of the Ice beverage, whereas the US version of the Ice beverage has a more complex flavour profile with additional hints of malty beer.

This means that the Halloween recipe I am sharing will taste quite a bit different north of the border when mixed with the Canadian Version of Smirnoff Ice Orange Screwdriver than it will south of the border when mixed with the USA version of Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver. As the samples sent to me for my Cocktail Bazaar originated south of the border, this means that I am using the malty US version of Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver. Let me suggest however, that the recipe works either way.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Spooky Screwdriver

1 Bottle Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver
1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
Splash of Grenadine (to taste)
Black Rock Candy

Fill two glasses with ice
Add Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver and Smirnoff Ice cocktail shaker, shake together the Smirnoff Ice and Smirnoff No. 21 vodka
Pour in the cocktail
Top with a splash of grenadine
Garnish with rock candy

Enjoy Responsibly!

If you are interested in more cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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Note: Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver is a premium malt beverage brewed and bottled at 5.8 % abv. by Smirnoff Co.. The product contains natural flavours, certified and natural colours.

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