If you’re like me, and have yet to buy a single Christmas gift, then you’re probably going to need a solid cocktail at some point this weekend, as you begin your last-minute shopping. It’s not easy fighting the masses at Target or having to pass on buying yourself those thigh-high boots because you’ve already blown your gifting budget. So, you should definitely treat yourself once it’s all said and done. If you need some boozy inspiration, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list featuring a few of my favorite holiday cocktails. Cheers!
Snowflake Chiller (Pictured Above)
2 parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka
2 parts heavy cream
3 tablespoons melted white chocolate
½ teaspoon almond extract
¼ teaspoon coconut extract
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Shredded coconut or granulated sugar crystals
Rim edges of glasses by dipping in melted white chocolate and then in either coconut flakes or sugar crystals. Combine vodka, heavy cream and extracts. Shake and strain into the glass.
Smirnoff is continuing to add to their line of low-calorie vodkas thanks to the release of two new, seasonal flavors, Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry and Sorbet Light White Peach. Similar to other Sorbet Light flavors, which include Raspberry Pomegranate and Pineapple Coconut, the two newest additions are low on the calories with only 78 calories per 1.5 oz. serving and full on flavor. Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry boasts a flavor reminiscent of ripe strawberries while Sorbet Light White Peach keeps it heavily peachy with the addition of flavors similar to that of “juicy sweet peaches.”
Pinnacle Vodka Launches Pinnacle Amaretto
Famous for their variety of whipped and fruity flavors, Pinnacle Vodka is switching things up a bit with their newest addition, Pinnacle Amaretto. Pinnacle Amaretto is described as a vodka that flaunts “a full-bodied almond flavor with undertones of cherry and a smooth, lingering cocoa finish” and will likely be a welcomed addition to all those fall cocktails.
“Pinnacle Vodka is known for pioneering high quality premium vodka with out-of-this-world flavors,” said Jason Dolenga, Senior Brand Director of Vodka at Beam Suntory, in a statement. “We’re committed to continually providing new, fun flavors that we know our Pinnacle fans will enjoy. Amaretto is no exception.”
Look out for both Pinnacle Amaretto and Smirnoff’s newest Sorbet Light flavors at a liquor store near you this season.
You ever wonder what cocktails your favorite holiday characters would treat themselves to if that opportunity ever presented itself? Come on, I know I’m not the only one on that boat. Well, that thought has definitely passed my mind this month since Home Alone and Home Alone 2 have aired a total of 13,234 times this week alone, and I’ve seen 208.8 versions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on TV. So, in addition to hopefully adding a little humor this holiday season, my cocktail choices for The Wet Bandits, Ebeneezer Scrooge, Ralphie’s dad, and more will hopefully give you a few options for this week’s holiday festivities. Enjoy!
Frosty The Snowman – “Minty Mistletoe”
Imagine the pain of knowing that you can never truly indulge in a hot cocktail. Thankfully for Frosty, there are a number of hot cocktails that can be enjoyed while cold. You know, for those days when you don’t want to turn into a pile of water. Also, something tells me Frosty would be a big fan of all things Pinnacle.
1 ½ parts Pinnacle® Peppermint Bark Vodka
¼ part DeKuyper® Crème de Cocoa Dark
1 ½ parts black coffee
½ part heavy cream
Can be prepared hot or cold as well as with or without cream/
Cold: Shake all ingredients together and pour into martini glass.
Hot: Stir ingredients in mug.
Top with whipped cream or marshmallow and garnish with crumbled peppermint bark.
Like many people, I think I’ve only ever come across Cinnabon at the airport (although there are a few chains in the Atlanta area), but I’m still fully aware of the magic their melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon buns are capable of thanks to their make-you-wanna-slap-your-mama deliciousness. And with the announcement of the new Pinnacle Cinnabon Vodka I have to say that I’m pretty excited about Pinnacle Vodka’s newest addition.
I’m sure some of you may be a little critical of this new Pinnacle Vodka flavor since vodka companies have gotten a little crazy over the past few years, but Pinnacle Cinnabon Vodka sounds like it’s capable of making some pretty delicious cocktails especially for the holidays. In fact, you can find recipes for two of these “delicious cocktails” below (courtesy of Pinnacle Vodka). But first, here are a few more details on Pinnacle Cinnabon Vodka, including a statement from the president of Cinnabon.
“As a brand that continually seeks out new opportunities and channels for our fans to enjoy our world famous treats and flavors, collaborating with an industry leading brand like Pinnacle Vodka and backed by spirits leader Beam is very exciting,” said Kat Cole, President of Cinnabon, Inc. “We’re delighted to have our favorite cinnamon roll flavor captured so perfectly within this premium spirit.”
Pinnacle Cinnabon Vodka will be available in select markets on December 1, 2013 and will then make a nationwide push on January 1, 2014. A 750ml bottle of the vodka will retail for about $12.99.
In a matter of weeks we’ll be switching from shades to scarves and from daiquiris to Irish coffees. Yes, we’ll be saying goodbye to summer next week as we celebrate Labor Day, so you might as well indulge in a little spiked punch or one of many seasonal cocktails while you still can.
If boozy, fruity punches aren’t quite your cup of tea then I’ve also included the drink recipe for the sweet and savory “EFFEN Salted Caramel Popcorn Martini.” I mean, you really can’t go wrong with a cocktail that’s made using caramel popcorn. And if you’re hoping to tap into your inner mixologist this Labor Day, there’s also the Jaime Salas-created “Hi Teq Punch,” a cocktail that combines Milagro Silver, hibiscus tea, and Lillet Rose. But if it’s spiked punch you fancy then I’ve got plenty of those recipes as well. Check ’em out below and be sure to have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend! Cheers!
Berry Bliss Punch (Pictured Above)
1 Quart SKYY Vodka
½ Quart Fresh Lemon Juice
½ Quart Fresh Lime Juice
½ Quart Pineapple Juice
¼ Quart Agave
In a pitcher, combine all ingredients and refrigerate until chilled. Stir the punch and strain it into a punch bowl. Add the Berry Infused Ice (below) and garnish the punch with raspberries and lime wheels. Serve in small rocks glasses or tea cups.
Since we’re already a week into the month of August, we’ve got a lot of catching up to do when it concerns “National Eat Your Dessert First Month.” Yes, you read that correctly. There’s an entire month dedicated to indulging in dessert before noshing on your meat and potatoes or whatever your dinner might be. And if you prefer to sip your dessert, a spiked one at that, Pinnacle Vodka has a handful of drink recipes that are perfect for kicking off “National Eat Your Dessert First Month.” Here’s to hoping September is “National Burn All Those Calories You Packed On In August Month.”
Pinnacle Strawberry Shortshake (Pictured Above)
2 parts Pinnacle® Strawberry Shortcake Vodka
Double Scoop Strawberry Ice Cream
Splash of Milk
Blend together, pour it into a glass and top it off with a strawberry.