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My Cherri Amor: Stoli Wild Cherri Vodka Review

Today for review we have the latest addition to the Stolichnaya Vodka Portfolio. Being a big fan of both Stoli Vodka and Cherry flavored anything, it seemed only natural to give this one a try. Those unfamiliar with the brand need definitely consider adding Stoli original to your liquor cabinet. Unlike many quality brands on the shelves today, the price you pay is actually of equal value if not undervalued for the quality of vodka you receive.

Aroma: If you are a cherry lover, this one will be quite appealing. The first thing that hits you is the perfectly captured strong sense of cherry aroma. Though the initial press release mentions vanilla tones, I don’t notice any. The tartness of the cherry and familiar vodka smell are most apparent.

Taste: When enjoyed straight, specifically in shot form, the taste of vodka dominates over the flavor of the cherry at first leaving a natural cherry and medicinal taste to linger. Though cough syrup is not a popular after taste it’s a taste that has become mostly associated with Cherry Vodkas, but is in fact similar to the true taste of cherry which Stoli captures perfectly. When added to popular mixers the cherry flavor becomes more apparent. It’s almost as if the additional sugar added from your favorite mixer combines with the natural medicinal cherry tone to bring you a more familiar cherry taste offered by popular beverage companies such as minute maid or Tropicana. Pick up a bottle today and try giving one of your classic vodka cocktails a cherry spin.

Price: 19.99 USD (avg)
Grade: B

Stoli Wild Cherri Ricky

2 oz Stoli Cherri
1/2 oz Lime Juice
4 oz Lemon Lime Soda


Stoli Cherri Smash

1 1/2 oz of Stoli Wild Cherri
3/4 oz of Lemon Juice
3/4 oz of Simple Syrup
4 brandied cherries
Splash of cherry cola

Summer Kool-Aid

2 oz Stoli Cherri
4 oz Lemonade
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice

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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in Reviews, Spirits

 

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A Very Stoli Christmas: Stolichnaya Holiday Recipes

Christmas is right around the corner, and keeping with the theme I’ve got another great selection of Holiday cocktail recipes for you and yours to enjoy this year. The trend for the Winter months usually involved heavy doses of rum, scotch, and whiskey/whisky but one thing that I hear often from consumers is that there aren’t enough holiday recipes that involve vodka with the exception of the cliche “holiday punch”. Oh don’t act like you don’t have the one friend that SWEARS he/she has the greatest holiday punch recipe only for you to taste it and realize it tastes just like every other punch you’ve had, also known as “office party punch”. If you don’t have that friend or co-worker then chances are YOU are that person. Don’t worry though, vodka, sprite/ginger ale, Hawaiian punch and other similar ingredients have their place. For those of you looking for something a little different, and slightly more creative while being equally delicious look no further then these wonderful Holiday recipes courtesy of Stolichnaya Vodka. Stolichnaya, “Stoli” for short just happens to be my vodka of choice: An authentic Russian vodka with an assortment of grades and flavors to give you exactly the taste you are looking for.

Stoli Gala Applik Winter Storm
1 ½ parts Stoli® Gala ApplikTM
¾ part agave nectar (or simple syrup)
¾ part fresh lemon juice
2 parts apple juice

Shake and pour into an ice-filled rocks glass.
Garnish with a red apple slice and sprinkle of cinnamon.

Stoli Fireside Hot Chocolate
1 ½ parts Stoli Vanil®
4 parts hot chocolate
Marshmallows

Combine ingredients in a pre-warmed mug.
Finish with marshmallows and dust with cinnamon sprinkles.

Stoli Pear Tree Martini
1 ½ parts Stoli®
1 part pear juice
Squeeze of fresh lime

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a lime wheel and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Stoli Mistletoe Kiss
1 ½ parts Stoli®
1 part pomegranate juice
Squeeze of fresh lime

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with pomegranate seeds and mint.

Stoli Razberi Collins
1 ½ parts Stoli Razberi®
5 fresh raspberries
½ part fresh lemon juice
¾ part simple syrup (or agave nectar)
Muddle raspberries in bottom of shaker.

Add other ingredients and shake well.
Strain over ice in a highball glass and finish with a splash of soda.
Garnish with a lemon wheel and fresh raspberry.


Stoli Blueberi Fog

1 part Stoli Blueberi®
1 part Stoli®
½ part fresh lemon juice
½ part simple syrup (or agave nectar)

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Stoli Wild Cherri Lime Ricky
2 parts Stoli® Wild Cherri™
½ part fresh lime juice
4 parts lemon-lime soda
Dash of grenadine

Pour into an ice-filled highball glass and stir.
Garnish with a lime wheel and fresh cherries.


Stoli White Pom Gimlet

1 ½ parts Stoli® White Pomegranik™
¾ part fresh lime juice
¾ part simple syrup (or agave nectar)

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a basil leaf and pomegranate seeds.


Stoli O Seduction

3 parts Stoli® Ohranj™
2 parts fresh grapefruit juice
1 ½ parts simple syrup (or agave nectar)
1 part fresh lemon juice
Dash of pomegranate juice or grenadine

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


“Imported from Russia, the very birthplace of vodka, Stolichnaya Vodka is considered a classic vodka that defies imitation. In addition to the flagship Stolichnaya 80 Proof, the first Russian vodka introduced in America, Stoli was the first to launch premium flavored vodkas, offering a wide range made from all-natural flavors. In addition, Stoli offers elit by Stolichnaya, America’s first ultra-premium luxury vodka. Stoli Vodka is the deserving recipient of a number of awards that tout the entire lines’ superb quality, flavorful balance and refined character.”

Holiday Recipes courtesy of  Stolichnaya Vodka and William Grant & Sons.
For more great holiday recipes be sure to check out 7 Warm Drinks for 7 Cold Nights as well as our Holiday Cider Recipes. Don’t forget to BECOME A FAN on Facebook so you can get updates on the latest news and recipes we have to offer.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2010 in Christmas, Holidays, Vodka

 

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7 Warm Drinks for 7 Cold Nights


Christmas is right around the corner and you know what that means. Right about now many of us are looking to ease the stress that comes with holiday shopping and party planning while also staying warm and comfy. Lucky for you I’ve got just the remedy. Here are some delicious cocktails that come second only to a warm hug of a loved one to keep you toasty and sane this winter. Nothing says winter like snuggling under a blanket, sitting next to an open fire, and sipping on a warm beverage.

Peppermint Patty:
1/2 Cup of Hot Chocolate
1 oz Rumple Minze Peppermint liqueur
1 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Add all ingredients together in a mug and stir. Garnish with whippedcream

Spiced Hot Toddy:
1 Cup of Tea (Pick your poison)
1 oz Captain Morgan
5 TBSP Lemon Juice
3 TBSP Honey
1 Stick of Cinnamon
Start with the cup of tea, and start adding all the other ingredients one by one.

Tom & Jerry:

1 Egg
1/2 oz simple syrup or 1 tsp powdered sugar
1 oz dark rum
1 oz Cognac or brandy
hot milk or hot water
grated nutmeg for garnish
Separate the egg white from the egg yolk and beat them separately. Fold the beaten eggs together and place into the glass. Add the sugar or simple syrup, dark rum and brandy. Fill with hot milk or hot water. Stir well. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Hot Buttered Rum:
1 oz Cruzan Light Rum
1 Tsp sugar
1/2 Tsp Butter
4 Cloves
Add sugar, butter and cloves to a coffee mug. Add in rum and stir. Fill with boiling water.

Pumpkin Latte:

4 oz Coffee
2 oz Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur (Limited)

Add Pumpkin into a cup of coffee and fill to taste with creamer.

Russian Hot Chocolate:
2 Oz Kahlua (Optional – Try Kahlua Hazelnut)
1 oz Stolichnaya Vodka
1 Cup Hot Chocolate
Add Kahlua and Vodka into coffee and stir.

Hot Apple Pie:
1 oz. Tuaca
6 oz. warm apple cider
Fresh whipping cream
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Cinnamon sticks

Combine Tuaca and apple cider in a coffee mug.Top with whipped cream, Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top and add a stick of cinnamon

Hope some of these helped you this Holiday. Feel free to email me at TheProfessionalDrinker@gmail.com with any suggestions, variations, questions or ideas. Become a fan on Facebook and don’t forget to tell your friends !

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2010 in Christmas, Holidays

 

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Celebrating National Vodka Day !

For those of you unaware, October 4th is National Vodka day, and not everyday at 5 pm contrary to popular belief. For some of you I’m sure there has been  a circle around this day in your calendars for quite some time. Chances are the last time you went out to your favorite drinking establishment, the popular mixing spirit was flowing heavily. Vodka has been the main beneficiary of the popularity that came with the advancement of cocktail mixology over the last two decades. Been to a package store lately? You now have approximately 300 brands to choose from. Here’s a brief history lesson to keep you educated while planning how you will spend this wonderful and highly under rated holiday.

Vodka is the worlds most consumed spirit, accounting for a quarter of worldwide spirits sales. Three billion liters are sold each year. The name “vodka” is a diminutive form of the Slavic word voda (water), interpreted as little water. It’s origin can be traced back to Russia and Poland, both of which claim it’s creation. Prior to the mid 1950’s the spirit was rarely consumed outside of Eastern Europe and was originally introduced as a way to combat illness

Vodka is the easiest and cheapest spirit to produce, and with so many competitors in the market companies are constantly working to create the next big thing in the industry, thus the explosion of the flavored vodka market. Chocolate, whipped cream, blueberry, cranberry-lemonade, and cucumber are just some to name a few in a category that is getting larger and stranger everyday. There are even salmon and bacon flavored vodkas going into production as we speak. Soon we’ll be able to have a complete seven course meal completely in liquid form. For all of you anti flavored vodka fanatics, don’t worry, the “odorless”  and “tasteless” neutral spirit is still the main seller. The irony though is that anyone who truly believes vodka is odorless and tasteless isn’t into ultra premium vodkas. With a good vodka, you can taste the complexities that make it differ from one another. While most prefer to drink vodka iced cold, for  tasting purposes it is best served at room temperature.

Enough history lessons, how about some drinks? Below I’ve provided a few of my favorite vodka brands, in no particular order as well as some excellent recipes to get your holiday started.

Ciroc – (France)- $32- Grapes based- 5 times distilled. Nice nose, lemon, lime, citrus, almond, fruity, nutty, pepper, lemon lollipop, crisp, intense, light, pleasant, spicy, long finish.
Stoli Elite (Russia)- $60– Wheat & Rye based- 4 distillations. Freeze filtered. Balanced, smooth, burns, easy drinking, hard to drink, good finish.
Belvedere (Poland)- $35– Gold rye based, artesian well water- 4 distillations. Smooth, clean, light, balanced, anise, pepper, white pepper, grain, intense, vanilla, full bodied, long, silky finish.
Russian Standard (Russia)- $25 – Smooth, sweet finish, rough, clean, intense, exciting, classic.
Van Gogh (The Netherlands)- $28– Wheat, corn & barley- three distillations. Clean, smooth, bitter, complex, spice, fire, biting, rich, intense.
Svedka (Sweden)- $16– Winter wheat based, spring water- 5 distillations. Light, clean, soft, very fine, perky, smooth, crisp, feminine, grain, vanilla, spicy, dusty, peppery, sweet, berries, nutty, peppers, medium bodied, hot finish.
Sobieski (Poland)- $12- Rye based, spring water- 8 times distilled. Subtle, smooth, clean, delicate, almond oil, vanilla, peppery, sweet, anise, mineral, metallic, medium bodied, hot, spicy finish.
Ketel One (The Netherlands)- $26– Wheat based. Clean finish, anise, vegetal, smooth, intense, soft & subtle, neutral, bitter.

Madras

1 1/2 oz Vodka
4 oz Cranberry
1 oz of Orange Juice
1 Lime wedge
Pour all ingredients into a highball glass over ice. Add the lime wedge and serve

Moscow Mule

2 oz Vodka
2 oz of fresh lime juice
8 oz of Ginger Ale (or Ginger Beer)
Add all ingredients together over ice and serve.

Caipiroska

1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 of a lime cut into 4 wedges
2 Teaspoons of sugar
Place the lime wedges at the bottom of an 8 oz glass, pour sugar over top and muddle ingredients. Add ice and pour vodka over ingredients. Serve.

Try some of the Absolut Pitcher recipes here courtesy of Absolut.com. Special thanks toTheFiftyBest.com, a great resource on current vodka brand in the market.

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Posted by on October 3, 2010 in Daily Holidays, Vodka

 

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Cocktail of the Week: Cream Soda

This week’s featured cocktail is about as simple and tasty as it gets. Two ingredients that combine to create a party in your mouth. The Cream soda cocktail, or “adult” cream soda as I like to call it, is one of the first cocktails I tried while in college and I have never forgotten it. The original recipe calls for “vanilla” vodka, but after experimenting with several different brands of Vanilla Vodka I have found it to be perfect with a particular brand. This drink goes well with just about any occasion, and its simplicity will make it a great go-to drink when you have limited time and/or money on your side.

1 1/2 oz Stolichnaya Vanilla
4 1/2 oz Ginger Ale
Lime Wedge

Add ingredients together in a High Ball glass and stir. Add lime wedge garnish.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2010 in Cocktail Of The Week

 

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