Although I’m not a regular consumer of hard liquor (my mixed-drink days ended at around the same time I concluded my dancing-on-the-speaker nights), I do love a fabulous cocktail. In fact, I have a particular weakness for holiday-inspired concoctions (I’m looking at you, Candy Cane Martini) because it’s always fun to add a signature drink to a get-together, especially when that signature drink gives you the liquid courage to drag out the karaoke machine.
Hence, when Iceberg Vodka shared three recipes to welcome autumn and warm the spirits, I thought they were very post-worthy.
“Every year in Newfoundland and Labrador, thousands of icebergs break off from glaciers and travel south where they melt into the sea. This water is so naturally pure, even the oxygen liberated during the melting process is cleaner than what is naturally found on Earth. After much pondering on how best to leverage this pristine water, we came to the only natural conclusion: vodka. Sure, it might seem a bit extreme to go to such lengths to make vodka, but we recognize that one cannot live on a mediocre martini. Utilizing the purest water this planet has to offer results in the smoothest, best tasting vodka. And that’s worth every last drop.”
1 oz. Iceberg Vodka • 4 to 5 oz. apple cider • ground cinnamon • sugar • 1 apple • caramel apple dipping sauce • ice
Fill a shaker with ice. Add vodka and apple cider. Add a few shakes of ground cinnamon. Strain into a microwave-safe container. Microwave until hot, but not boiling (about 30 seconds). Rim a coffee mug or other hot beverage glass with sugar. Transfer warm beverage to rimmed glass. Garnish with a second dash of cinnamon and an apple slice that has been coated with caramel apple dipping sauce. If you prefer it less sweet, skip the caramel dipping sauce. Top with whipped cream if desired.
Ras-Apple Pie Martini
1.5 oz. Iceberg Vodka • 0.5 oz. Framboise liquor (or Cran-Raspberry juice) • 1 oz. Apple juice • Dash of peach bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, strain and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with raspberries.
Cinna-Lime Spice Sipper
2 oz. Iceberg Vodka • 0.5 oz. Cinnamon syrup • 0.5 oz. Fresh lime • Top with ginger beer
Combine ingredients in an ice filled glass. Garnish with a lime.
Any of the above cocktails would complement a Thanksgiving celebration beautifully. I’m pretty sure the Harvest Icebreaker needs to be paired with my Mother-In-Law’s famous apple pie. See? I’m a good hostess. That is, until I start wailing “All by Myself” on the karaoke machine. When I was young…. I never needed anyone….
Do you have a signature drink you like to serve at Thanksgiving?