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Cocktail Bazaar: Cranberry and Peppermint Mule

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 18, 2019

As some of you might know, my 2018 Seasonal Cocktail Bazaar was interrupted when I lost my internet connection last December when I moved into my new house. It took a quite a while to get everything straightened out, but I finally have begun to post more regularly again. It is probably a good time to publish the final posting for that Cocktail Bazaar.

This recipe was sent to my by the Smirnoff Vodka Media team who also sent me samples of the key ingredients such that I could mix and sample the serving at home, which I did over the Christmas Holiday season. The serving was well received by my family, and I suspect that when I have time to share it with my friends and my tasting group that they too will be enamored with the combination of peppermint, cranberry and lime lengthened into a hi-ball with the addition of ginger-ale.

Please don’t wait until next Christmas to try it, I think it will taste grand any time of the year.

Cranberry and Peppermint Mule

Ingredients:

3/4 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
3/4 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
1 1/2 oz Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail
1/4 oz Lime Juice
4 oz. Ginger Ale
Sugar coated Cranberries
Mint

Add Smirnoff Peppermint Twist and Cranberry Cocktail into a metal cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the metal shaker begins to frost
Fill a Copper Mug with Ice
Strain the Smirnoff Peppermint Twist and Cranberry Juice over the ice
Top with Ginger Ale
Garnish with sugar coated Cranberries and Mint.

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 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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Christmas Cocktail Bazaar: Holiday Bliss

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 12, 2018

I am nearing the end of my Cocktail Bazaar which was inspired by Smirnoff Vodka as their US media team was kind enough to send me a plethora of recipes and samples to taste and experiment with. From those samples and recipes, I chose those which suited my skills as a home bartender to share with you, and I created a few of my own as well. My hope is that the recipes I have shared can be duplicated not only by professional bartenders, but also by my readers at home.

The holiday recipe I am sharing today features Smirnoff Peppermint Twist which was described to me as a deliciously cool flavoured vodka which features the taste of sweet candied peppermint. Peppermint Twist can apparently be served as a chilled shot or mixed into holiday-themed cocktails. I was sent quite a few recipes for Peppermint Twist and one of those which caught my eye was an indulgence called Holiday Bliss.

What I like about this serving is that it is not only relatively easy to create with the simple ingredients I have at home, it also features Don Julio Anejo Tequila as a complimentary ingredient. I have come to really enjoy tequila, and finding a new recipe to enjoy with the agave spirit was a delight.

Here is the recipe sent to me by the cocktail gurus at Smirnoff. It’s meant to be a holiday cocktail, but you can be forgiven if you want to indulge year round!

Holiday Bliss

1 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
1/2 oz. Don Julio Añejo Tequila
3 oz.  Chocolate Milk
Ice
Grated Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Add the first three ingredients into a Metal Shaker with Ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a rocks glass and top with grated nutmeg cinnamon

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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Don Julio is a 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequila made from agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco. The company was established by Don Julio González, who apparently began to examine the prospect of making his own Tequila in 1942. Don Julio Añejo is produced in small batches, aged in American white-oak barrels for eighteen months.

Here is a link to my previous review:

Review: Don Julio Anejo Tequila

“… The agave flavour is mellow accented by mild touches of white pepper, and the sweetness of a light caramel. I taste a very mild oak presence and an underlying honey-like sweetness which is very appealing …”

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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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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: 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: 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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