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End of the Summer Cocktail: Mint Summer Splash

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 11, 2019

For those of you who are concerned about the amount of sugar in your drinks and cocktails, Smirnoff has come up with this new line-up of flavours for your enjoyment, their new Zero Sugar Infusions. My understanding is that the new Smirnoff line-up is available throughout the US, and that the Infusions come in three new flavors: Cucumber & Lime, Watermelon & Mint and Strawberry & Rose.

The recipe I am sharing is for Smirnoff’s Watermelon & Mint Infusion. It’s a highball style libation called the Mint Summer Splash.

Mint Summer Splash

2 oz. Smirnoff Watermelon-Mint Zero Sugar Infusions
2 oz. Watermelon sparkling water
1 oz. bottled watermelon juice
1 oz. club soda
Ice
Mint leaves for garnish

Combine all the Ingredients in a highball glass and serve.

I assume that for a true sugar free libation, care must be used when selecting the sparkling water and club soda brands, but I will leave that up to you.

Stay tuned for my full review of Smirnoff’s Watermelon & Mint Infusion in the coming weeks.

And its good to be back writing again, this summer was fraught with distractions and difficulties which kept me away. Please forgive.

Chimo!

 

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Review: Dixon’s Silver Creek Vodka

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 31, 2019

Dixon’s Distilled Spirits is located in Guelph Ontario. This small distillery produces two brands of Vodka (Silvercreek and Flaming Caesar), two styles of Wicked Gin (a Licorice Botanical Blend and a Citrus Botanical Blend), as well as a ready to drink mix called Gin Fusion.

According to Dixon’s website, Dixon’s Silver Creek Vodka is:

Distilled from Canadian corn and hand-bottled with pride. Carbon filtered for a pure, smooth taste with delicate notes of citrus and pear and with a bready undertone. Perfect on its own, on the rocks or in a martini.

I spent a couple afternoons with Silver Creek Vodka and my resulting review can be found by clicking on the following link:

Review: Dixon’s Silver Creek Vodka

“… When I brought the chilled glass to my nose, I found the aroma was clean with only very light scents of starch flour and grain spice. However, when I took a small sip I was taken aback by a light but firm metallic taste and an unfortunate vegetal quality. I could also taste a mild sweetness, some grainy spice and an impression of mojito mint …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with two cocktail suggestions, the Sliver Creek Gimlet, and the Sloe and Comfortable Silver Creek Screw.

Chimo!

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Review: Dixon’s Flaming Caesar Vodka

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 23, 2019

Flaming Casar Vodka

Dixon’s Distilled Spirits is located in Guelph Ontario. This small distillery produces two brands of Vodka (Silvercreek and Flaming Caesar), two styles of Wicked Gin (a Licorice Botanical Blend and a Citrus Botanical Blend), as well as a ready to drink mix called Gin Fusion.

According to Dixon’s website

We heard the call for a better Caesar, and we answered! Made with Silvercreek Vodka infused with handpicked ingredients, it’s packed with flavour and heat. Just mix with your favourite brand of clam and tomato cocktail for a perfect Caesar.

Dixon’s Silver Creek Vodka is spiced with garlic, horseradish, dill, celery seed, scotch bonnets and red chili peppers. It is filtered clear and bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Dixon’s Flaming Casar Vodka

“… When I took my first taste, it was with a friend of mine who is particularly keen on Caesar Cocktails. We were both quite exited as the Flaming Caesar Spirit, (although not flaming) seemed to hold great promise. We both loved the pungent earthiness of the spice blend in particular the balance between the horseradish, the garlic and the chili pepper …”

I hope you enjoy my review!

Chimo!

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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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