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Posts Tagged ‘Smirnoff’

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: 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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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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Cocktail Bazaar: Green Apple Smash

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 21, 2018

If you’ve been following my Cocktail Bazaar you have probably figured out that my cocktail suggestions have been inspired by Smirnoff. Their US media team has sent me an assortment of samples of Smirnoff Vodka, Smirnoff Ice Premium Malt Beverages, the new Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzers as well as some Smirnoff Flavoured Vodkas. I was also sent a plethora of recipes to try out. From those recipes, I chose the ones which suited my skills as a home bartender to share with you.

My autumn Cocktail Bazaar continues with a look at Smirnoff Ice Green Apple. I should point out that the Smirnoff Ice brand is quite different here in Canada from what it is south of the border in the United States. That is because in Canada the brand is sold as a Premixed Vodka Beverage. However, in the US, the brand is instead a Premixed Premium Malt Beverage based not upon a distilled vodka, but rather a brewed let me say ‘beer-like’ product. This means that the flavour profile of Smirnoff Ice products in the US contains a ribbon of beer-like malt flavour that is absent the Canadian Smirnoff Ice branded product.

As indicated earlier, my samples were sent to me from the US-based Smirnoff Media Team. This means the recipe I am sharing will taste quite different when mixed with the Canadian version of Smirnoff Ice Green Apple. That should not dissuade however, as the recipe works well either way.

Here is a nice fall recipe which mixes Smirnoff Ice Green Apple with one of my favourite whiskeys, Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey.

Green Apple Smash

1 bottle Smirnoff Ice Green Apple
4 oz  Ginger Beer
4 oz  Bulleit Bourbon
Ice
Rosemary for garnish

In a mixing glass, combine Smirnoff Ice Green Apple, Ginger Beer and Bourbon with Ice.
Stir until chilled
Fill a glass with crushed ice
Strain cocktail over ice

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary

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 Green Apple is a premium malt beverage brewed and bottled at 4.5 % abv. by Smirnoff Co.. The product contains natural flavours, and certified and natural colours.

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