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Cocktail of the Week: Afternoon Delight

…..This weeks return of cocktail of the week comes with one of my favorite fruity summer drinks to sip on. Great choice for get together as well for relaxing on a summer afternoon and with summer almost over, this would be a great time to take advantage of it. This recipe is actually my adaptation of a recipe courtesy of one of Hawaii’s hottest mixologists, Amie Fujiwara. I personally like a bit stronger taste in my drinks, feel free to use my version, the original, or make it to YOUR taste.

Afternoon Delight:
2 oz Absolut Mandarin (Original recipe calls for 1 1/2 oz)
1 oz Passion Fruit
1 oz Cranberry
1/2 oz Sweet n Sour (Original recipe calls for 1 oz)
1 tsp Passion Fruit concentrate
2 slices of Lime
3 Slices of Orange
Splash of Seven up

…..Muddle two slices of orange and the two slices of lime in a mixing glass. Then add your ingredients; vodka, juices, sour mix and concentrate. Shake and then pour into a either a Martini glass or a Collins glass, your choice. Top off with your 7 up and garnish with your last slice of orange. Enjoy.


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4th of July Cocktail Recipes

Happy 4th of July ! Enjoy this Independence day by cooling off with one of these delicious cocktails.

The 4th of July Cocktail (Courtesy of Guy Fieri)

  • 1 oz watermelon schnapps
  • 1 big splash Cranberry juice
  • 1 very thin slice jalapeno or serrano pepper
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 slice lime
  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/4 oz blue curacao
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Watermelon wedge, for garnish (optional)

Mix the schnapps and cranberry juice in a shaker; pour into an ice-filled glass. Muddle the jalapeno pepper, lemon and lime slices, tequila, blue curacao and simple syrup (to make a batch, dissolve sugar in equal parts hot water and chill) in the shaker. Slowly strain into the glass over the red layer. Garnish with watermelon, if desired.
The Red White & Blue Cocktail ( Created by The Professional Drinker)

1/2 oz Ciroc Vodka
1/2 oz Ciroc Red Berry Vodka
1/2 oz Ciroc Coconut Vodka
3 oz Cranberry Juice
Splash of Lime Juice

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Have a Happy 4th of July and remember to DRINK RESPONSIBLY ! Class dismissed !


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Adults Like Candy TOO !: Pinnacle Cotton Candy Recipes

After receiving dozens of emails weekly asking for recipes from the Pinnacle Brand, I thought It would be a perfect time to revisit a favorite amongst our previously reviewed products. One of the first reviews we did here was a combo on new at the time flavors Whipped and Cotton Candy flavored vodka. The Cotton Candy was a huge success but is often met with questions on what recipes it has. With Summer almost here, last years big hit is sure to only gain more momentum as the heat rolls in. Though Pinnacle supplied me with many recipes, here are a few that I think you all will enjoy.


Funhouse Cocktail (Courtesy of Pinnacle Vodka)

  • 2 oz. Pinnacle Cotton Candy
  • 4 oz. club soda
  • Splash Cranberry juice

Mix in a glass filled with ice and garnish with a cherry.


Cotton Candy-Tini (Courtesy of Pinnacle Vodka)

  • 2 oz. Pinnacle Cotton Candy
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • Splash grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.


Circus Cocktail (Courtesy of Pinnacle Vodka)

  • 2 oz. Pinnacle Cotton Candy
  • 1 oz. Pinnacle Raspberry
  • 3 oz. lemon-lime soda

Mix in a glass filled with ice and garnish with a cherry.

For more information including other great recipes, and locating a bottle of Pinnacle in your area visit Visit us on Facebook to keep up with our latest recipes, reviews, and news features. Also, we expect to do a few reviews on some of Pinnacles newest flavors including the CAKE flavor VERY SHORTLY. Class Dismissed !


Posted by on June 11, 2011 in Vodka


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Makers Of Grey Goose Introduce American Harvest

Introducing American Harvest Organic Spirit

New Rochelle, NY. – Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., known for redefining the vodka category, is proud to introduce the next revolution in spirits; American Harvest.

Distinct Taste: American Harvest is organic vodka to which a proprietary blend of organic ingredients has been added, creating a truly unique vodka specialty. It’s a revolutionary way to look at the vodka category. The addition of these ingredients results in the distinctive, smooth, clean and crisp character of American Harvest.

American Made: American Harvest is handcrafted in small batches from organic winter wheat grown on a family owned and sustainably managed American farm.  It is distilled and bottled in Rigby, Idaho using water from aquifers deep beneath the Snake River plain.  The result is a distinctly smooth and silky spirit with a crisp, clean taste. American Harvest is the creation of Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., a third generation family business that is 100% US owned and operated.

Quality: American Harvest has been developed with great care for the quality, organic nature and sustainable growing practices of all of its ingredients. It has no artificial additives or preservatives and is produced with a continuous column distillation process and charcoal filtration to ensure the integrity and purity of the spirit. The American Harvest Distillery is independently owned and operated and is USDA Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

“American Harvest is crafted with the same American values that this country was built on and that continue to drive the country forward today. Integrity, opportunity, independence, hard work, innovation and pride,” says Bill Henderson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising at Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. “American Harvest was built on a promise; from field to bottle, to create the finest quality product, without compromise to the environment or our nation’s natural resources.”

American Harvest will be available beginning May 2011 in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Oregon and South Carolina. Bottled in the 1.75L, 1L, 750ml and 50ml sizes, the suggested retail price for 750 ml is $23.99. American Harvest is best consumed as you would your favorite vodka, straight over ice, in a classic martini or in a cocktail. Please enjoy American Harvest responsibly.


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The Next Big Thing: Cupcake Flavored Vodka ?

(Press release courtesy of

Underdog Wine & Spirits, makers of Cupcake Vineyards wines, the US’s fastest growing $8+ wine brand in 2010, recently introduced four super-premium vodkas: Original, Chiffon, Devil’s Food and Frosting. These new vodkas walk the talk when it comes to purity of flavor, delivering four decadent treats in powerful, sapphire-blue bottles.

Developed by Underdog’s International Director of Winemaking, Adam Richardson, in direct consultation with renowned master of spirits and wine Doug Frost, Cupcake Vodka cuts no corners. The goal was to meet consumers’ need for a super clean vodka that they would be proud to share with friends. Starting with the finest grain and grape, Cupcake Vodka Original is six-times distilled to remove impurities while delivering a mouth-feel reminiscent of an indulgent delicious treat.

“Cupcake vodkas have velvet silkiness, distinctive texture and a smooth finish, exactly the way vodka lovers want it,” noted Frost. “They capture purity of flavor to achieve a super-premium taste.”

“Cupcake continues to offer products to help consumers Live Deliciously,” said Todd Ziegenfus, Senior Marketing Director. “We are always looking for opportunities to meet the needs of our core consumer: the adult millennial. We tested several concepts and confirmed that nothing met that personal reward shared with friends better than Cupcake. Our research indicated that a super-premium product in a super-premium package at a reasonable price will provide value that will resonate with our target.”

Cupcake Vodka Original is 80 proof, while Chiffon, Devil’s Food and Frosting vodkas are 70 proof. Each of the Cupcake vodkas carries a suggested retail price of $17.99 per 750ml bottle. Additional information is available at

About Underdog Wine & Spirits:
Underdog Wine & Spirits, an unleashed unit of The Wine Group, is the champion of emerging brands for the new millennium: the “underdogs” of the sometimes stuffy wine and spirits world. We work with domestic and international producers to craft unique adult beverages that are a breed apart. The home of Cupcake, Fish Eye, flipflop, Big House and Octavin, our portfolio includes many of today’s most dynamic growth brands. For more information about Underdog Wine & Spirits visit


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Spring Fever: Spring Cocktail Recipes

The sun is shining, the snow is melting (hopefully), and the green grass that has alluded you for months is starting to show again. That’s right, Spring is finally here. For those of you up north, the transition from Winter to Spring is one of the most anticipated times of the year. Having spent 18 years of my life in the North before moving to the scorching South, it’s ironic that I now anticipate the transition from Summer to Fall more than anything. But now is the time for you to put away the procrastinations of Winter and complete your Spring cleaning, filing of taxes, and planning your Summer vacations or stay-cations. After all is said and done, you’ll want to treat yourself to a deliciously refreshing cocktail on your patio, porch, or whatever relaxing spot you’ve made for yourself. Here are a few excellent cocktails to help you usher in the essence of Spring:

Lynchburg Lemonade
1 oz Jack Daniels
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Sweet N Sour Mix
4 oz Lemon Lime Soda (Try the new Citrus Blast Product!)

Add all ingredients except the soda into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled collins glass and top off with 7 up. Garnish with a Lemon Wedge.

Spiked Arnold Palmer (The John Daly) – Great for Making Pitchers
2 Oz Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
2 Oz Lemonade (Preferably home made)
Garnish with a lemon wedge

Rum Ting Cocktail
2 oz Wray & Nephew Jamaican Rum
Juice of one half a lime
4 oz Ting Grapefruit Soda (Hard to find so substitute with other grapefruit sodas if you must)

Pour your rum into a tall glass filled with ice. Add in Lime juice and top with your soda and that’s it! Tasty, refreshing, perfect for spring and summer.

Red Berry Blast (Created by the Professional Drinker)
1.5 oz Ciroc Red Berry
3 oz Lemonade
1 oz Lemon Lime Soda
.25 oz Grenadine

Add your Vodka and Lemonade into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top off with your Sprite and then add in a dash of grenadine. Garnish with a lime wheel

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Posted by on April 16, 2011 in 4th of July, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey


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Press Release: Introducing Effen Cucumber Vodka

Deerfield, Ill. – – Tapping into the cucumber cocktail trend, EFFEN® Vodka is launching its newest flavor option, EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka. Inspired by the essence of freshly harvested vine ripened cucumbers, this new vodka further embodies EFFEN’s smooth, clean, crisp taste that vodka lovers have come to expect from the brand.

Delicate yet distinctive, EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka offers a refreshing twist for your next cocktail, including the classic Bloody Mary. It is crisp and clean, pairing well with melons such as cantaloupe and watermelon and provides a unique twist on traditional martinis.

“When we decided to expand the EFFEN line, we searched for a flavor that fit the modern character and Super Premium nature of our brand,” said Kim Washington, Senior Director, Vodkas for Beam Global Spirits & Wine. “Cucumber is one of the most exciting flavors being used in today’s top bars and high-end restaurants, making it the perfect fit for the EFFEN line. It’s unique, but not unapproachable.”

EFFEN Cucumber Vodka is made using natural ingredients and premium spirits distilled from wheat, rendering a crisp, clean cucumber flavor without the use of sugar or artificial flavors. The vodka is made using a “continuous distillation” process in which the liquid is circulated in giant stainless steel columns many times.

“The crisp flavor of the cucumber and the smoothness of EFFEN’s Super Premium vodka have been married perfectly in this modern, balanced spirit,” said David Nepove, National President of the U.S. Bartender’s Guild. “EFFEN Cucumber Vodka adds an unexpected layer of flavor to your favorite cocktails.” To demonstrate its versatility and unique flavor, EFFEN recommends the below EFFEN Cucumber cocktails:

EFFEN® Cucumber Bloody Mary

2 parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
2 Basil Leaves, torn
4 parts Tomato Juice
¾ part Bloody Mary Seasoning

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake. Pour into a serving glass with ice and garnish with a lime wheel and fresh basil leaf.

EFFEN® Cucumber Coconut Palm (created by David Nepove)

1½ parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
1½ parts Coconut Water
1 Small Kiwi or Half of a Large Kiwi, peeled
¾ parts Lemon Juice
¾ parts Simple Syrup

Combine ingredients, squeezing or muddling the kiwi, into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain and pour into a tall glass with ice.

EFFEN Vodka is a Super Premium vodka whose name means smooth, even and balanced in Dutch. It is made from 100% premium wheat, which results in a silky, smooth liquid and the best vodka you can buy. As the only vodka made by bartenders for bartenders, EFFEN Vodka’s bottle design features a non-slip sleeve that is carefully affixed to each bottle by hand. In addition to EFFEN Vodka, the brand line also features EFFEN® Black Cherry Vodka, EFFEN® Dutch Raspberry Vodka and now, EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka. At 75 proof, EFFEN Cucumber Vodka will be available nationwide in March with a suggested retail price of $29.99 for a 750 ml bottle. For more information on EFFEN Vodka, please go to About EFFEN® Vodka Acquired by Beam Global in June 2009 from the Sazerac Company, the super-premium EFFEN Vodka rounded out the company’s vodka portfolio. As the only vodka created by the industry, for the industry, EFFEN offers not only a world-class liquid but a sleek, form-meets-function design. The EFFEN line includes EFFEN® Vodka, EFFEN® Black Cherry Vodka, EFFEN® Dutch Raspberry Vodka and now, EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka. EFFEN is sold worldwide and is available in 50ml, 375ml, 750ml and 1.75L bottles.

Press release provided courtesy of Beam Global Spirits & Wine


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