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6 End-of-summer cocktails

One night last week, my dear friend (she who actually plays bartender locally) and I put ourselves to task to create some new cocktails using the Oddka Vodka line I shared with you last week.

Andy and I used the sample of Electricity to do a mini-shot earlier in the week. We were pleasantly surprised by the light blue-raspberry aftertaste, but I admit I wouldn’t bother with this one again. The others were a bit more versatile. I really liked the Fresh Cut Grass, which is somewhat citrusy and you’ll see we used in half of these drinks.

We alternated concoctions, and while my beer cocktail was my favorite, you’ll see who the true mixologist is of the two of us.

My first creation wasn’t all that creative, but I wanted to do a version of an Ice Pick with the Fresh Cut Grass — I thought that would be a pleasant spring or summer drink.

Blade of Grass

Blade of Grass

Blade of Grass

  • 1 oz Oddka Vodka Fresh Cut Grass
  • Iced tea (fresh-brewed unsweetened preferred — I used Crystal Light Lemon Ice Tea because that’s what was in the house)
  • Lemon slice for garnish

Combine in an ice-filled collins glass. Or a pint glass — really, whatever you have on hand. This is a perfect Mason jar drink, too.

Rachel immediately one-upped me with this fizzy and refreshing concoction:

Patio Garden

Patio Garden

Patio Garden

  • 1 oz. Oddka Vodka Fresh Cut Grass
  • .5 oz Triple Sec
  • Fresh basil
  • Lime
  • Soda water

Muddle basil and lime. Combine in a highball glass with ice, Fresh Cut Grass vodka and Triple Sec. Top with soda water. Garnish with a lime slice.

Oddka Vodka’s sweeter flavors made for dessert-y cocktails that would be good served after dinner. Here are two that Rachel created using the Oddka Vodka Salted Caramel Popcorn:

Take 3

Take 3

Take 3

Equal parts:

  • White Chocolate Godiva liqueur
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Oddka Vodka Salted Caramel Popcorn

Layer carefully in order above for a sweet shot. Or, combine and serve on the rocks in a snifter.

Olde Time Soda

Olde Time Soda

Olde Time Soda

  • 1 oz. Oddka Vodka Salted Caramel Popcorn
  • Vanilla seltzer water

Combine over ice. Swirl and enjoy.

Being a beer lover — and of course noticing the trend of beer cocktails — I really wanted to experiment with either an upgraded shandy or other beer cocktail. This one turned out simple but delicious and was one of my favorites of the group.

IPApple

IPApple

IPApple

  • 1 oz. Oddka Vodka Apple Pie 
  • 12 oz Starr Hill Double Platinum IPA

Combine in a pint glass or mason jar over ice. Enjoy!

Our final concoction improved upon the Patio Garden – refreshing and light, a great sipper for watching the world go by on the front porch swing.

Spring on Scarsdale

Spring on Scarsdale

Spring on Scarsdale

  • 1 oz Oddka Vodka Fresh Cut Grass
  • Fresh mint
  • Lime
  • Soda water
  • Fresh blueberries

Muddle the mint, lime and blueberries, then add with the Fresh Cut Grass to a stemless wine glass with ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with additional blueberries.

For more information about the Oddka Vodka line, follow them on Facebook.

Oddka Vodka Salted Caramel Popcorn, Electricity and Apple Pie are available in Pa.’sFine Wine & Good Spirits stores. Wasabi, Fresh Cut Grass and Original are available by special order. The 750 ml bottles retail for around $16. As always, please celebrate responsibly.

This post was created in partnership with Pernod Ricard, which provided me with product and compensation for this post, however, the content is based on my own experience and opinion.

CATEGORIES: Food/Drink, Recipes

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