Broken Shed Vodka

Broken Shed Vodka is a product of New Zealand.

Broken Shed Vodka is a product of New Zealand.

Broken Shed Vodka is a product of New Zealand. The company announced their launch into the United States market in June of 2012. This vodka is four times distilled from natural whey product. Whey product is the excess sugar or watery part generated from milk production after curds form. This is a gluten-free vodka, free of additives. Broken Shed is blended using two of New Zealand’s purest water sources from the North and South Islands; Central Otago and East Tamaki.

Tasting Broken Shed Vodka

This vodka tastes clean with very little burn. There is just a smidgen of black pepper in the lingering taste.

Broken Shed Vodka tastes clean with very little burn. There is just a smidgen of black pepper in the lingering taste.

I like to sample vodka in a straight Martini. Broken Shed Vodka does come through with their claim to smooth taste and texture. This vodka tastes clean with very little burn. There is just a smidgen of black pepper in the lingering taste.

Broken Shed Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Broken Shed Vodka is gluten-free, free of additives

Broken Shed Vodka is gluten-free, free of additives

There are more interesting recipes to sample with this vodka. The two recipes below are from their “Middle Earth Cocktails” category.

Negroski

3-1/2 ounces Broken Shed Vodka

1 ounce Campari

1/3 ounce Sugar

2/3 ounce Ruby Port or Spiced Otago Pinot

Citrus Twist

Place ingredients in a mixing tin with ice. Stir for at least ten seconds or until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass or strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon, orange or grapefruit twist according to preference.

Middle Collins

2-1/2 ounces Broken Shed vodka

1 ounce New Zealand Sauvignon Wine

1/2 ounce Lemon juice

1/2 ounce Vanilla Sugar

Limonata

Kiwi Wheel and or Lemon Grass Spear

Build liquids in a highball glass over ice. Top with Limonata. Stir briefly. Garnish with kiwi wheel and lemon grass spear.

Broken Shed Vodka

Sample provided by representatives of Broken Shed Vodka.

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Honeydew Me Daiquiri

Honeydew Me Daiquiri – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist 2 ounces Shellback Silver Rum 1 cup fresh Honeydew Melon – cut small chunks 1 ounce fresh Lime Juice 1-3/4 ounce Cream of Coconut 1 cup Crushed Ice Honeydew Slices Garnish

July 19 is National Daiquiri Day. Grab your Honey and get mixing!

The Honeydew Me Daiquiri gets its light green hue from fresh honeydew melon. That is exactly where it gets its fun name, too! The flavor is fresh and fantastically light. The Honeydew Me Daiquiri is ideal for spring and summer. Or put this drink on your “Honey do” list for Valentine’s Day. The light green color makes this a nice alternative cocktail choice for St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras and Easter. Another great day to keep this seasonally fresh cocktail in mind…

July 19 is National Daiquiri Day. Grab your Honey and get mixing!

Honeydew Me Daiquiri Recipe

Honeydew Me Daiquiri – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Shellback Silver Rum

1 cup fresh Honeydew Melon – cut small chunks

1 ounce fresh Lime Juice

1-3/4 ounce Cream of Coconut

1 cup Crushed Ice

Honeydew Slices Garnish

Place all ingredients except garnish in a blender. Blend at high speed until the mixture is completely smooth. This should take 30 to 60 seconds depending on the blender. Pour into a large goblet or decorative glass. Garnish with skewered honeydew slices.

This drink recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

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Introducing Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco

Prosecco is best served chilled. Barefoot Bubbly® Prosecco “offers vibrant aromas and flavors of pear, apple and peach with zesty lemon finish.” – Barefoot Wine & Bubbly tasting notes. Varietal: Glera grapes grown in the Prosecco region in Northeast Italy. Alcohol Level: 11% Suggested Retail: $10

Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco

As luck would have it this little gem arrived on an appropriate day of the week; Wine Wednesday. I’m looking forward to chilling and pouring in my glass for a relaxing evening tonight!

Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco Tasting Notes

Prosecco is best served chilled. Barefoot Bubbly® Prosecco “offers vibrant aromas and flavors of pear, apple and peach with zesty lemon finish.” – Barefoot Wine & Bubbly tasting notes.

Varietal: Glera grapes grown in the Prosecco region in Northeast Italy.

Alcohol Level: 11%

Suggested Retail: $10

Charmat Method

Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco is made using the Charmat method rather than the classic method. This means fermentation occurs in an autoclave or large pressurized container rather than in individual bottles. This method speeds up the fermentation process and it is said that the natural fragrance of the grapes are better preserved as well. The Charmat method is excellent for Prosecco since it preserves the fresh aroma of the grape.

Prosecco Cocktails

Mimosa

Pair this Prosecco with fresh summer fruits, light salads or spicy appetizers. But don’t leave it at that. Prosecco and signature cocktails go hand in hand. Try a classic Bellini with fresh peach puree and lemon juice topped with Prosecco. Top off a Buck’s Fizz or Mimosa with Prosecco or add in apricot liqueur or orange liqueur and make the Valencia or French Mimosa sparkle and shine with this little goodie. Another terrific classic to keep in mind is the Aperol Spritz with Aperol, Prosecco, a splash of soda water and orange slice.

Keep your cocktail simple and summer sipping fun and flavorful!

Barefoot Bubbly® Prosecco sample provided by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. Find wine recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Barefoot Wine & Bubbly on this site and at BarefootWine.com and by following Barefoot Wine on Facebook.

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Fresh Melon Mojito

Melon Mojito – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist 2 ounces Silver Rum 1 cup fresh Watermelon – cut into small chunks 3/4 cup fresh Cantaloupe – cut into small chunks 15 fresh Mint Leaves 1 ounce fresh Lemon Juice 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Mint Sprig Garnish

Fresh Melon Mojito with cantaloupe and watermelon. Perfect for National Mojito Day!

This Melon Mojito uses fresh seasonal fruits and herb for a superb fresh market cocktail flavor experience. Sipping this makes you feel like you’re drinking exceedingly fresh and healthy. Though, I am not making any claims to alcoholic drinks being within the realm of healthy lifestyle choices. The fresh fruit just makes it a little less of a guilty pleasure.

July 11 is National Mojito Day. Choose a simple classic Mojito cocktail to celebrate the day or go with a fresh fruit Melon Mojito.

Melon Mojito Drink Recipe

Melon Mojito – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist 2 ounces Silver Rum 1 cup fresh Watermelon – cut into small chunks 3/4 cup fresh Cantaloupe – cut into small chunks 15 fresh Mint Leaves 1 ounce fresh Lemon Juice 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Mint Sprig Garnish

Fresh Melon Mojito

Melon Mojito – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Silver Rum

1 cup fresh Watermelon – cut into small chunks

3/4 cup fresh Cantaloupe – cut into small chunks

15 fresh Mint Leaves

1 ounce fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Mint Sprig Garnish

Place watermelon, cantaloupe and mint leaves in a large mixing glass. Muddle to extract juices and essential oils from mint leaves. Add rum, lemon juice and simple syrup with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice. Garnish with fresh fruit and mint sprig.

I used Shellback Rum while creating this Mojito variation. However, feel free to use the rum of choice to recreate this drink at home. Happy sipping!

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Traditional Martini and Dillatini

Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender's Guide copyright 1967

Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender’s Guide copyright 1967

According to Old Mr. Boston (1967 copyright), the way to make a traditional Martini is this; Chill a 3 ounce cocktail glass until it frosts. Fill a Martini pitcher with dry, hard frozen, cracked ice. Measure out exact ingredients, dry gin first and then dry vermouth. Stir briskly until mixture is extremely cold. Strain immediately into the frosted cocktail glass. Serve traditionally with an olive. Lemon twist is an alternative.

Martini Ratios

Traditional Martini is 2 part Gin, 1 part Dry Vermouth ratio

Dry Martini is 5 part Gin, 1 part Dry Vermouth ratio

Extra Dry Martini is 7 part Gin, 1 part Dry Vermouth ratio

Typically the Martini measurement parts equal 2 to 2-1/4 ounces in full before stirring with ice. This makes a smaller Martini than some might be accustomed to, but the smaller size means the Martini stays chilled while you sip and enjoy.

Traditional Martini Recipe

Traditional Martini 1-1/2 ounce Dry Gin 3/4 ounce Dry Vermouth Olive or Lemon Twist – according to preference

Traditional Martini with Olives

Traditional Martini

1-1/2 ounce Dry Gin

3/4 ounce Dry Vermouth

Olive or Lemon Twist – according to preference

Use directions above for an exquisite Martini taste experience.

Martini Substitutions

Vodka Martini or Vodkatini substitutes vodka for gin

Tequini substitutes tequila for gin

Gibson is a Dry or Extra Dry Martini with lemon peel & pearl onions

Dillatini substitutes a Dilly Bean in place of an olive.

Dillatini or Dilly Bean Martini

Dilly Beans are pickled green beans. They are often flavored with dill, Tabasco sauce, garlic or peppers. Some modern bars have claimed to have invented the Dilly Bean Martini out of necessity of running low on olives. However, mention of the Dillatini in Old Mr. Boston goes to show there really is nothing new. The Dilly Bean Martini or Dillatini had been around for quite some time already.

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