Tag Archives: Ginger Vodka

Bountiful Harvest

Bountiful Harvest 002 2 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Planning drinks for your holiday party shouldn’t leave you frazzled. Though the holidays are a happy, joyous time, they often bring stress for those trying to reach festive perfection. Bountiful Harvest brings versatility to the holiday season with single serve or holiday punch options. Mix. Chill. Relax.

Bountiful Harvest – created by Cheri Loughlin

6-3/4 ounce Ginger Vodka

4-1/2 ounce Caramel Apple Liqueur

13-1/2 ounce Cranberry Juice

Lime Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in pitcher. Stir. Chill. Serve in rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lime twist. – This recipe will fit into an empty standard size 750ml bottle which takes up less space than most pitchers. Save an empty liquor bottle. Strip off labeling. Use the bottle for an easy pour and serve option for your next gathering.

Single Serve Option: 1-1/2 ounce Ginger Vodka, 1 ounce Caramel Apple Liqueur, 2-3/4 ounce Cranberry Juice, Lime Twist Garnish. Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime twist. OR build in large rocks glass over fresh ice.

I used Yazi Ginger Vodka and Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur while creating this cocktail.

 

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Yazi Ginger Vodka

Yazi Ginger Vodka - Cheri Loughlin Wine & Spirits Stock Photography
Ginger Vodka use ideas: Anything with orange; Ginger Vodka plus apple cider equals delicious; Ginger Vodka with lime juice and splash of soda and perhaps sprig of mint; Honey and lemon often great companions to ginger; Ginger vodka and lemon vodka topped with ginger ale; Ginger Vodka with apples and pears or with cider and dash of whiskey bitters; Ginger Vodka with apple, pear, orange liqueurs or juices.

Big thank you to those who happened to be available on Twitter for a little Q&A chat about what they might mix with ginger vodka.

Snap Dragon – created by Amber Restaurant, Seattle, WA

1-3/4 measure Yazi Ginger Vodka

1/4 measure Green Tea Liqueur

Lemon Slices

Tonic Water

Sugar

Muddle lemon slices in mixing glass. Add vodka and liqueur with ice. Shake to blend & chill. Strain into sugar rimmed cocktail glass or serve on the rocks. Top with chilled tonic water.

The Yazi Ginger Vodka photo is available for digital download in the Wine & Spirits stock photography Gallery.

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Yazi Ginger Vodka sample for review courtesy representatives of the brand

Review: Dragon Bleu Flavored Vodkas

Dragon Bleu White Ginger Tasting Notes

Dragon Bleu White Ginger Sample photo copyright Cheri LoughlinVodka infused with natural ginger and agave syrup

40% Alcohol – 80 proof

Color: Misty white. Cloudy like fresh lemonade without the pulp.

Aroma: Faintest dab of ginger. Some sweetness. Citrus such as lemon zest.

Taste: Beautiful lilting soft ginger flavor. Tinge of sweetness, but definitely not sugary like liqueurs. Perhaps there is just enough gentle sweetness to tame some of the bite ginger can sometimes leave on the tongue.

Misty Eyed – created by Cheri Loughlin

Misty Eyed - created by Cheri Loughlin photo copyright Cheri Loughlin1-1/2 measure Dragon Bleu White Ginger

1/4 measure Elderflower Liqueur

1/2 measure Premium Orange Liqueur

1/2 measure Fresh Lemon Juice

1-1/2 measure Club Soda

Lemon Wedge Garnish

Combine liquids except club soda in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda. Stir. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Refreshing with light sweetness mingling softly with brush of ginger.

Dragon Bleu Rose Blossom Pour photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Dragon Bleu Rose Blossom Tasting Notes

Vodka infused with natural rose and agave nectar

40% Alcohol – 80 Proof

Dragon Bleu Rose Blossom Sample 1 photo copyright Cheri LoughlinColor: Crystal clear.

Aroma: Barely there hint of rose. Slight perfume. More traditional vodka aroma.

Taste: Definite rose especially in the after taste. Much sweeter than expected, but still not to the degree of liqueur.

I’ll be completely honest and say I am not a fan of roses, rose scent and especially not a fan of rose water or rose flavored cocktails. However, cocktail culture ventures more and more toward varied cocktails utilizing botanicals / floral flavors. The addition of rose in cocktails is quite popular.

Crème Yvette immediately comes to mind as wonderful addition to the Dragon Bleu Rose Blossom.

Bleu Rose – created by Cheri Loughlin

Bleu Rose created by Cheri Loughlin photo copyright Cheri Loughlin1-1/2 measure Dragon Bleu Rose Blossom

3/4 measure Crème Yvette

1/2 measure Fresh Lemon Juice

2 measures Brut Champagne

Combine liquids except champagne in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled coupe. Top with brut champagne.

Quite lovely. Champagne highlights the rose flavor while softening it at the same time. Color lends itself well to holiday parties and celebrations.

Dragon Bleu Penja Pepper Sample photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Dragon Bleu Penja Pepper Tasting Notes

Vodka infused with natural penja pepper and agave nectar.

40% Alcohol – 80 Proof

Color: Crystal clear

Aroma: Total traditional vodka aroma. No hint of pepper or sugar.

Taste: Sweetness followed by pepper such as mild black pepper. Quickly fades rather than scalding the tongue. Almost too much sweetness in comparison to the peppery spice. The sweet to pepper flavors are slightly in competition with one another. Although, the sweet to peppery flavor has me instantly craving salty thin potato chips. Lays potato chips to be precise… Lays potato chips… like a cocktail you can’t have just one.

Sentimental Dragon – created by Cheri Loughlin

Sentimental Dragon created by Cheri Loughlin photo copyright Cheri Loughlin2 measures Dragon Bleu Penja Pepper

1/2 measure Velvet Falernum

3/4 measure Fresh Lime Juice

Dash of Classic Bitters

Sea Salt

Rim chilled cocktail glass with sea salt. Set aside. Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into prepared cocktail glass.

Salty. Sweet. Gentle heat. They all come together quite nicely.

Dragon Bleu Flavored Vodka samples for review provided by representatives of the brand. Join Dragon Bleu on Facebook and follow @DragonBleu on Twitter.

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