December 2011

December 2011: High Spirits - Cheers: HOT and COLD Cocktails for the Holidays

Author: Krissy Cantelupe

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”… a perfect description for December and all of the holiday cheer that coincides with it. It’s also the time for new cocktails and new liquors to enter the market, and this year is no exception. Ciroc Peach Vodka, Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka, Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka are all brand new items that have just been shipped to South Carolina. And since we never know if it’s going to be warm and sunny or cold and rainy in December, here is a hot and cold recipe for each of these new items:

Ciroc Peach Vodka: This vodka is made from distilled grapes, yet has all of the fresh, ripe peach flavor we expect in the Lowcountry.

Ciroc Peach Spiced Tea
1 oz. Ciroc Peach Vodka
1/2 oz. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1 tea bag of your choice (I prefer black tea for optimal flavor, but green tea works well, too.)
1 clove stick (or 1 cinnamon stick)

Steep teabag in hot water to your liking. In a mug, pour in your Ciroc and Captain Morgan, then top with the hot tea until almost full. Add the clove or cinnamon stick as a garnish and to stir. This tea is super easy to make and quite delicious for cold nights. It’s also wonderful if you are feeling that any sort of cold or chill.

The Ciroc Peach Sparkling Cosmo
1 oz. Ciroc Peach Vodka
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
4 oz. chilled sparkling wine
Splash of cranberry juice (white cranberry juice is fabulous)
Twist of lime, lemon or orange for garnish

In a champagne flute, pour your Ciroc and triple sec. Add the chilled sparkling wine and finish with the splash of cranberry juice. Garnish with your choice of fruit. (The orange twist looks fabulous.) This cocktail would also be a fun choice to ring in the New Year!

Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka: There are plenty of whipped cream vodkas on the market, but this one has a hint of vanilla bean and tastes homemade.

Smirnoff Whipped Cream Caramel Coffee
1 oz. Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka
1 oz. Bailey’s Caramel Irish Crème
4 oz. hot coffee
Whipped cream for garnish
Caramel drizzle for garnish (can be found in the ice cream aisle of any grocery store)

Into a mug, pour your Smirnoff Whipped and Bailey’s Caramel, top with hot coffee, stir. Garnish with the whipped cream and drizzle with the caramel.

Smirnoff Whipped Chocolate Raspberry Martini
1oz. Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka
1oz. Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Vodka
3 oz. half & half
Chocolate sauce for drizzle
Raspberry for garnish

In a shaker filled with ice, pour the Smirnoff Whipped, Godiva Chocolate Raspberry and half & half; shake until well chilled. Take a martini glass and line the chocolate sauce up and down the sides of the glass so you have a pretty swirl of chocolate; pour the contents of the shaker over top. Add a fresh raspberry for garnish.

Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka: When you open the bottle and smell, it’s like opening a bag of fresh marshmallows. But when you take a sip, it’s more of a toasted marshmallow flavor.

Smirnoff Fluffed Spicy Cinnamon Hot Cocoa
1oz. Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka
1/2 oz. Goldschlager
5 oz. hot cocoa (homemade or instant)
Tiny marshmallows for garnish
Ground cinnamon for garnish

Pour your Smirnoff Fluffed and Goldschlager into a mug. Top with hot cocoa and stir. Add the marshmallows and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon. This will definitely take the chill off.

The Ultimate S’ mores Martini
1oz. Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka
1oz. Godiva Chocolate Liquor
3 oz. half & half
Graham cracker (one for each martini)
Ground cinnamon
Chocolate sticks (optional)
Chocolate dipped marshmallows (optional)

In a baggie, pound the graham cracker to fine crumbs, then pour onto a plate and sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Take a martini glass, splash the rim with water and then turn upside down onto plate so the graham cracker/cinnamon mixture sticks. In a shaker over ice, pour the Smirnoff Fluffed, Godiva Chocolate and half & half; shake until well chilled. Pour into the rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a chocolate stick and a chocolate dipped marshmallow.

Special Gift Idea: Johnnie Walker Double Black Scotch
This is a new limited edition Johnnie Walker Scotch that just hit the shelves the beginning of November. It’s a must for any scotch drinker. Basically, they use Johnnie Walker Black as the base and then add heavily peated malts as well as malts aged in deeply charred oak casks. This Scotch whisky is best served neat or on the rocks.

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