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Christmas Cocktail Bazaar: Smirnoff Holiday Punch

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 2, 2018

Smirnoff recently unveiled four new Limited Edition festive ornament bottles for you to celebrate the holiday season with their iconic Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka.  And some more good news, each of the ornamental bottles are now filled with non-GMO Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka.

As I am well into the seasonal phase of my Fall Cocktail Bazaar I have decided to share this tasty punch recipe sent to me by the Smirnoff Media Team and created by Kendra Darling (Simply Darrling)

Smirnoff Holiday Punch combines Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka with combination of Autumnal Fruit flavours and Citrus Juices which are freshened with Sparkling Wine and garnished with Raspberry Sherbet. The recipe as shown serves 12, just double it for larger gatherings.

Smirnoff Holiday Punch

5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Holiday Ornament Vodka
6 oz. Cranberry-Raspberry Juice
2 oz Pineapple Juice
10 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Lime Juice
12 oz Bottle Sparkling Wine
Raspberry Sherbet
Slices of Limes, Oranges and frozen Cranberries

Combine all the Juice in a punch bowl
Stir in the Sparkling wine and the Smirnoff No. 21 Holiday Ornament Vodka
Garnish with slices of Limes, Oranges, and frozen Cranberries
Place a ball of raspberry sherbet into a glass
Ladle punch into the glass

Enjoy Responsibly

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 and bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume. And just in time for the holiday season, Smirnoff No. 21 is now non-GMO (non genetically modified).

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Christmas Cocktail Bazaar: Holiday Cosmo

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 28, 2018

As I mentioned this past Sunday, Thanksgiving (both the Canadian and the American) Holiday is past, and I am now gearing up for the Christmas Season by sharing some yule tide cocktails. Today’s serving is a seasonal take on the classic Cosmopolitan Cocktail.  The twist is the use of Cranberry Pomegranate Juice and then the dressed up garnish which includes candy glitter.

Here is a hint for you, when you rime the glass, keep the glitter on the outside so as to not sweeten the serving unnecessarily. As well, (although it is not shown on the picture below) leave about a third of the rim without candy garnish so you can sip without getting a mouthful of glitter. The serving will still look spectacular wowing all of your friends, and if someone has a sweeter tooth they can always turn the glass around when they sip.

Here is the Holiday Cosmo served with Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka.

Holiday Cosmo
(Courtesy of Megan Marlowe, Strawberry Blondie Kitchen)

1 1/2 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
1 oz Triple Sec
4 oz. Cranberry Pomegranate Juice
Ice
Lemon Twist
Edible Candy Glitter
Cranberry skewer

Rim a martini glass with water and dip into Edible Candy Glitter
Add Smirnoff No. 21 VodkaTriple Sec and Cranberry Pomegranate Juice into a metal shaker with Ice
Shake until the outside of the metal shaker begins to frost
Strain into the Candy-rimmed Martini Glass
Garnish with a Cranberry Skewer and a Twist of Lemon

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!

Enjoy the coming holiday season everyone!

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Christmas Cocktail Bazaar: Orange & Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 25, 2018

Although it will be Autumn until December 21, the truth is that up here in Canada, the first winter snowfalls arrived in mid-October and the cold weather settled in early in November. This means that it is time to switch up my Cocktail Bazaar with servings that reflect the coming of the cooler Christmas Season. And as this much cooler weather arrives, it is not unusual for me to sip on a nice cup of hot chocolate in the evening.

Here is a delicious recipe which mixes a steaming cup of Hot Chocolate with Smirnoff Peppermint Twist and a dollop of Triple Sec. The indulgence is the creation of Kendra Darling (Simply Darrling) and it is a wonderful seasonal addition to my Cocktail Bazaar.

The serving is perfect for the upcoming Christmas Season when friends and family gather.

Orange & Peppermint Hot Chocolate

1 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
1/2 oz Triple Sec
8 oz Hot Chocolate
Whipped Cream with Caramel Drizzle
Candied Orange Peel

Combine Hot Chocolate, Triple Sec, and Smirnoff Peppermint Twist in a large mug
Stir to mix
Top with Whipped Cream and Caramel Drizzle
Garnish with a strip of Candied Orange Peel

Enjoy Responsibly!

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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Smirnoff Peppermint Twist is a limited seasonal offering from Smirnoff Co. bottled at 30% alcohol by volume. It features a ‘scratch and sniff’ bottle allowing you to enjoy the seasonal scent of peppermint and candy cane before you even open the bottle. You may read my full review of this flavoured vodka here:

Review: Smirnoff Peppermint Twist

” … The peppermint flavoured vodka is perhaps a touch on the sweet side, then again it is the flavours of peppermint and candy cane which are featured and the spirit would not be a true holiday spirit if it did not accurately reflect this sweetness …”

I hope you enjoy the review, Chimo!

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Fall Cocktail Bazaar: Cranberry Lime Mojito

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 21, 2018

For my American friends, and in honour of the American Thanksgiving which arrives tomorrow, I thought I would put an autumnal spin on the classic Mojito by introducing a dollop of Cranberry flavour via Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Cranberry and Lime.

Full disclosure here, the original recipe that was sent to me by the US Smirnoff Media Team for this remarkable indulgence suggests Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka as the alcohol base for the serving. However, I decided to stick closer to the heart of the true mojito and have recommended Captain Morgan’s White Rum in place of the suggested Vodka. The recipe works well either way; but I prefer the extra character and flavour that white rum brings to the cocktail.

Cranberry Lime Mojito

1 can (12 oz.)  Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Cranberry Lime
1 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum
0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
3 oz. Cranberry juice
Fresh Cranberries
Fresh Mint Leaves
Lime Wedges
Ice

Muddle Mint and a Lime Wedge into the bottom of a high ball glass
Add Simple Syrup followed by Ice
Pour in Cranberry Juice
Complete with Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Cranberry Lime
Garnish with fresh Lime Wedges, Cranberries and Mint Leaves

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 Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Cranberry Lime is a premium malt beverage which is brewed and bottled at 4.5 % abv.  by Smirnoff Co.. The malt beverage contains zero sugar, no artificial sweeteners, no preservatives and natural flavours.

CAPTAIN MORGAN White Rum is five times distilled and made from cane molasses. It is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume. If you are interested here is a link to my full review:

Review: Captain Morgan White Rum

“… The initial nose surprised me too as there was an ever so light mustiness rising the from the glass, as well as very apparent aromas of a mild caramel, green banana, peppery zest and light sandalwood spices. I was expecting the ‘5 times distilled’ white to have more of a ‘vodka-like’ nose, and am pleased to be completely wrong on that count …”

Please enjoy my latest rum review, which includes a new daiquiri-style serving, the 11 A.M. Daiquiri, Chimo!

 

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Fall Cocktail Bazaar: Autumn Harvest Punch

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 18, 2018

With American Thanksgiving just around the corner (up here in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in early October rather than late November), I thought I would share a nice ‘punch style’ recipe suitable for large gatherings of friends and family. The serving is courtesy of Megan Marlowe (Strawberry Blondie Kitchen), and it was sent to me by the USA media team responsible for Smirnoff Vodka.

Autumn Harvest Punch combines the seasonal flavours of Autumn fruit (apples and pears) and Autumnal spices (cinnamon, rosemary, and star anise) with a little bite of tropical citrus (lemon juice). A combination of Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, Apple Cider and Ginger Ale provide the liquid refreshment.

When I mixed a small batch for myself, I found the serving quite tasty, although perhaps it goes down just a little too easily. Make sure when you share this recipe with your friends that advise them to enjoy responsibly and choose a designated driver ahead of time for the ride home.

Autumn Harvest Punch
(Makes 16 servings)

3 cups Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
2 Apples, cored and thinly sliced
2 Pears, cored and thinly sliced
1 Lemon thinly sliced
6 cups Apple Cider
1/4 cup fresh Lemon Juice
4 Cinnamon Sticks
4 pods Star Anise
Rosemary Sprigs
4 cups Ginger Ale

Add sliced Apples, Pears and Lemon into a large punch bowl
Pour in Apple Cider, Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka and Lemon Juice
Garnish with Cinnamon Sticks, Clove and fresh Rosemary Sprigs
Stir to combine and chill until ready to serve
Before serving, add Ginger Ale and stir gently

Of Course, Please Enjoy Responsibly!

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 and bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume. And just in time for the holiday season, Smirnoff No. 21 is now non-GMO (non genetically modified).

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