I always thought the idea of “Christmas In July” was merely a marketing tool to get people to bust out their wallets months ahead of the Christmas holiday. But after talking to a friend about a “Christmas In July” house party crawl they’re taking part in this month (so awesome!), I realized that the idea of “Christmas In July” extends far beyond premature holiday shopping. In fact, it’s down right boozy.
I absolutely love, love, love holiday cocktails. They’re just so rich, decadent, and cheery! So, the idea of taking a break from your standard summer cocktails for a dessert-y, holiday-inspired drank is super enticing to me. And to help you celebrate “Christmas In July,” I’ve added the recipe to my Minty Hot Chocolate Shooters, and a handful of other holiday-heavy cocktails. Cheers!
Minty Hot Chocolate Shooters (Pictured Above)
2 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
1 Cup Cooled Hot Chocolate
Prepare hot chocolate. Allow time to cool. Pour cooled, hot chocolate in a shaker with ice. Pour Smirnoff Peppermint Twist into shaker. Shake and strain into shot glasses. Top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint. (Should fill approximately six shot glasses)
1 part Hornitos Plata Tequila
½ part coconut water
½ part almond milk
Add all ingredients to a shaker over ice to chill. Shake, strain and pour into a shot glass rimmed with cinnamon and sugar.
Apple pie? Love it. Cheesecake? Please hand me two slices. With the exception of fruit cake, I absolutely love a good dessert, especially during the holidays. But if your dessert table is in need of revamping this holiday season, try incorporating a few dessert cocktails. You can up the ante on your standard, boozy hot chocolate with Zacapa’s Peppermint Rum Cocoa or indulge in Smirnoff’s deliciously decadent Gingerbread Martini.
You can find recipes for both the Peppermint Rum Cocoa and Gingerbread Martini, below. Cheers!
Gingerbread Martini (2 Servings)
3 oz Smirnoff Vodka
3 oz Irish cream
2 tbsp gingerbread syrup (or to taste)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 oz cream
Whipped Cream & Crushed Gingerbread cookies for garnish
Combine Smirnoff, Irish cream, gingerbread syrup, vanilla extract, and cream in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass. Garnish with crushed gingerbread cookies and whipped cream.
Chocolate Peppermint Martini (2 Servings)
3 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka
2 oz crème de cacao
1 oz chocolate liquor
2 oz cream chocolate sauce
Combine Smirnoff, crème de cacao, cream chocolate sauce, and chocolate liquor in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass. Garnish with crushed peppermint or peppermint stick.
If you’re a big fan of those almost painfully sour candies (think War Heads and Sour Patch Kids) and are of legal drinking age then it may be time to incorporate Smirnoff Sours into your weekend shots routine. The newly-released Smirnoff Sours line comes in three mouth-twerking flavors: Green Apple, Watermelon, and Fruit Punch.
All three flavors are best served chilled and in shot form and are said to pack “a flavorful punch.” And unlike your typical Smirnoff bottle, the Smirnoff Sours bottles glow in the dark under black light.
“SMIRNOFF is once again changing the game, infusing excitement and fun into the vodka category with the introduction of the electrifying Sour line,” said Sandhya Padmanabhan, Brand Manager for SMIRNOFF Vodka. “More palatable than other shot-based spirits, Sours is the next big thing in shot rituals. It’s unique because it creates a true, memorable moment – toasting with new and old friends and capturing the sour face that follows. Whether celebrating a big night out, the big game, or just an impromptu outing with friends, SMIRNOFF Sours is a perfectly bold and fun compliment to any occasion.”
You can get your hands on a 750 mL bottle of Smirnoff Sours for only $15.99. Also, be sure to share your likely hilarious, post-Smirnoff Sours shot face using the #MyFaceWhen hashtag on social media.
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.
It’s only January 6 and already my daydreams are being fueled by thoughts of boozy drinks enjoyed while beachside. And with the announcement of the new Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut, I’ve really found myself longing for the tropics-inspired cocktails prominent during the warmer months. News of Smirnoff’snewest addition is still pretty fresh, so I can’t quite tell ya when you’ll be able to get your hands on a bottle, but rest assured that you’ll likely have this latest spirit in time for your homegirl’s pool party and all those other warm weather celebrations.
In the meantime, you can find a few added details on the new Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut as well as a drink recipe (via Smirnoff Hub) below.
Full-flavored, sorbet-inspired vodka with natural fruit flavor, containing juicy, ripe pineapple and creamy toasted coconut notes. It offers sophisticated fun with only 78 calories per 1.5 fl. oz.
New Year, New You
1.5 oz. SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut
2.0 oz. Coconut water
1 oz. Pomegranate juice
Fill rocks glass with ice, add ingredients, stir and garnish with lime wheel or pineapple wedge.
Last month, Smirnoff introduced their two newest flavors, Cinna-Sugar Twist and Wild Honey. And now that these boozy, new additions are beginning to work their way into the market, Smirnoff is gradually revealing a handful of new drink recipes that are made using Cinna-Sugar Twist and Wild Honey. I came across the drink recipes for the “Classic Beauty” and “Nutty Honey Love” via Smirnoff’s Facebook page earlier this week and I have to say that I’m pretty impressed and eager to try the two at home. Not only do they look amazing, they’re also cream-based. And I’m a huuuge fan of any cream-based cocktail especially for the fall/winter seasons. You can find the recipes for both the “Classic Beauty” and “Nutty Honey Love” below. And cheers to all things elegantly boozy!
Classic Beauty (Pictured Above)
1 oz SMIRNOFF® Cinna-Sugar Twist™ Flavored Vodka
0.5 oz Cream
0.25 oz. Framboise (Or Cassis)
Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a shot glass. Garnish with a cherry on a toothpick.