It’s the Holiday season! We here at Empire Mixology™ are happy and proud to announce our annual Christmas Cocktail List this year, featuring SMIRNOFF™ Vodka! The perfect gift for you and your friends this year is SMIRNOFF™ Peppermint Twist Vodka and the classic SMIRNOFF™ No. 21 original vodka. Fromg gingerbread to caramel, and chocolate to cranberry; we have the flavors covered this year in our recipes. Check back with us throughout the month as we deliver to you some of the tastiest cocktails we have in our recipe books and remember to enjoy the Holidays responsibly this year and in style with SMIRNOFF Vodka as your brand of choice!
SMIRNOFF™ Peppermint Twist Vodka and SMIRNOFF™ No. 21 Vodka
Recipe #1: The Winter Whisperer (recipe here)
Say hello to cocktail recipe No. 1 in our 2017 Holiday Cocktail Guide – featuring SMIRNOFF™, the Winter Whisperer. This light and refreshing cocktail is the perfect recipe of choice for your Holiday party this year. Using lemon juice and pomegranate syrup, this delightfully sweet cocktail will tantalize your tastebuds and keep a smile on everyone’s face throughout the night. We highly recommend gifting yourself a bottle of SMIRNOFF™ Peppermint Twist Vodka this year while supplies last, because it’s a long wait until the next winter.
Recipe #2: The Chocolate Peppermint Martini (recipe here)
Cocktail No. 2 is Courtesy of Kendra Darr from Simply Darrling. This sweet and rich cocktail combines the flavors of Creme de Cacao and SMIRNOFF™ Peppermint Twist Vodka to create a palate pleasing martini. This recipe is a fantastic dessert cocktail that will elevate your party and game to the next level. We highly recommend using the crushed peppermint as a garnish as it adds wonderful additional flavor.
Recipe #3: The Kissed Caramel Punch (recipe here)
Now we did previously feature this cocktail for our Fall/Thanksgiving Series of recipes; but why not use it twice! This visually and aromatically pleasing concoction will absolutely delight your guests this year. The recipe is simple and palate pleasing for this time of year. We highly recommend using the garnishes suggested by SMIRNOFF™ themselves and making sure to serve this punch chilled or on the rocks.
Recipe #4: The Nutcracker (recipe here)
Not only does Holiday Cocktail No. 3 have SMIRNOFF™ No. 21 Vodka in it, but also delicious delicious Amontillado Sherry. Also including pear and lemon juices, this recipe is a unique add to our list and a headturner at your event! The distinct flavors meld together to create a smooth aftertaste with a vibrant first sip. We suggest trying to find the best balance of orgeat syrup and pear juice to please your tastes. This recipe is from SMIRNOFF™ itself about its flagship product; you can’t go wrong with picking this recipe!
Recipe #5: The Cranberry Pineapple Punch (recipe here)
Cocktail No. 4 in the Holiday Cocktail Guide this year is the Cranberry Pineapple Punch, courtesy of Karly Gomez from A Simple Pantry. This punch is delightfully sweet and fruity with enough kick to bring your party into the fun zone. Best enjoyed chilled, this punch recipe is one our favorites at Empire Mixology. Using the classic product of SMIRNOFF No. 21™ as its primary ingredient, this cocktail fires on all cylinders to make this recipe an instant classic. We suggest using more lime rather than lemon in this punch, as lime naturally complements the cranberry flavor.
Recipe #6: The Original Mule (recipe here)
Holiday Cocktail No. 6 is the original recipe of the Moscow Mule. Despite the name, the Moscow/Original Mule did not originate from Moscow or Russia. The recipe was actually created in New York City in the early 1940s. The original recipe calls for SMIRNOFF™ No. 21 Vodka as the crucial ingredient; the Russian styled vodka giving the namesake to this recipe. This drink enjoyed great popularity on the West Coast throughout the mid 1900s and helped propel SMIRNOFF™ into the limelight as a brand.
Recipe #7: The Holiday Bliss (recipe here)
Sweet Baby Smirnoff is Holiday Cocktail No. 7 delicious. This chocolately cocktail is absolutely fantastic and adds the great spirit that is Don Julio Añejo Tequila™ along with SMIRNOFF Peppermint Twist Vodka™ to create one of the best dessert cocktails imaginable. This is a simple yet delectable recipe that can be made within minutes and delivered to your guests. You’ll be the life of the party and the talk of the town with how powerful yet sweet this cocktail is. Remember to serve on the rocks to keep the cocktail cold! We recommend also garnishing with a chocolate or caramel syrup swirl!
Recipe #8: The Gingerbread Martini (recipe here)
Is it complex;a little. Is it worth it; absolutely! Cocktail No. 8 (final cocktail in our 2017 SMIRNOFF Holiday Cocktail Guide) is courtesy of Kendra Darr from Simply Darrling. This visually and palate pleasing recipe is the perfect addition to your Holiday season. This recipe calls on all the unique flavors of the winter season and serves as an amazing after dinner drink. SMIRNOFF No. 21 Vodka lends its traditional and classic flavor to this cocktail along with Irish Cream to make the hit of the Holidays for you and your guests.