I am going to take the easy way out today and not so much post a recipe but instead my newest favorite drink. I am in love with the pomegranate juice; I have found that a little goes a long way though. Use either a flavored or plain vodka; something you like the flavor of; most days I just use plain vodka but occasionally I use some flavor infused versions too.
Vodka – any kind will work
In rocks glass filled with ice add a shot of vodka. Fill just shy of the top with cran-grape juice and add a splash of pomegranate juice. I used some of my flavored vodkas for a drink too; the cranberry lemon was very tasty. Mix it up anyway you like!
I thought I would give a couple of fruity vodkas a try. Flavored vodkas seem to be in right now and I thought some fresh fruit would compliment it nicely. I can’t wait to see how the flavors come out; I did three different flavors; here are two of them.
Cranberry Lemon Vodka
1/2 cup fresh cranberries cut in half
zest of one lemon and a couple of slices
lemon balm leaves
2 Tbs sugar
In jar combine cranberries, lemon, sugar, and lemon balm leaves. Cover with vodka and set aside for 2 – 4 weeks; shaking occasionally.
Orange Cranberry Vodka
1/4 cup cranberries cut in half
zest of one orange
3 – 4 orange slices
juice of half an orange
1 – 2 Tbs sugar
Combine all ingredients in canning jar and set aside for 2 – 4 weeks. This one I actually used a bit of; the orange flavor really came through. I combined mine with cran-grape juice for a very tasty drink.
I thought a fruity cocktail would be delicious after work today. I suppose this is sort of margarita meets martini / cosmopolitan type drink. There is something magical that happens when you begin mixing clear liquors together; each on its own can be overwhelming but combine one or two and yummy drinks can happen. I like the cran-grape juice but I am sure fruit punch or any fruity juice would be good. The better the quality of ingredients the better it will turn out.
3/4 o.z. vodka
3/4 o.z. rum
3/4 o.z. triple sec
3/4 o.z. gin
1 1/2 o.z. cran-grape juice
3 o.z. mountain dew or sprite
2 tsp lime juice
2 tsp simple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice; shake well and serve in a chilled martini glass. (To make simple syrup mix 1 part sugar to 2 parts water.)
After a long day of window shopping online I was exhausted and didn’t feel up to working too hard to make dinner….. I think sloppy nachos will be in order; so as I looked through the produce at the grocery the strawberries reminded me of the lonely bottle of vodka I’d left in my pantry. I grabbed a few other things I needed and hurried home to make up my concoction. When Charles gets home he’ll probably tell me it needs more vodka, but I am enjoying my drink and I’ve got the rest in a pitcher in the fridge so he can fix his up anyway he chooses! Very refreshing flavors; not to overpowering. Mix and match the fruit and juices to your liking.
Strawberry Vodka Cooler
1 pound fresh strawberries – washed and tops removed
1 cup lemonade ~ I used pink lemonade
1 cup mixed berry fruit juice
1 cup vodka
lemon lime soda ~ I actually used mountain dew but sprite would work well too
In blender combine strawberries and lemonade. Blend for a few seconds to grind up strawberries. I next strained the strawberry lemonade juice through a metal strainer to remove some of the seeds. It didn’t get rid of them all but definitely thinned them down. Next combine with fruit juice and vodka. In tall glasses of ice fill 2/3 full with fruit and vodka mix, fill to top with soda, squeeze in a wedge of lime and stir.