What’s even better than strawberries dipped in chocolate? Valentine’s Day cocktails of course! Whether you’re planning a romantic night on the town with your very own Christian Grey or a “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie night in with the girls, delicious cocktails are must. Here’s a few aphrodisiac recipes bound to awaken your inner Anastasia Steele.
Cupid’s Arrow 2 oz. Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry 4 oz. Pink Lemonade Serve on the rocks Pour vodka into a rocks glass with ice and top with pink lemonade. Garnish with an arrow, created by a cocktail pick with blueberries and small strawberry ‘arrow’ on the tip.
Dolce Vita 1 ½ oz. Van Gogh Coconut ½ oz. Vanilla liqueur ½ oz. Orange syrup* 2 Strawberries Splash of Rosé Champagne 1 Chocolate covered strawberry Muddle strawberries with the syrup, add ice, vodka and liqueur. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Top with Champagne. Garnish with chocolate covered strawberry. (*Orange syrup: 1 cup orange juice to 1 ½ cups sugar. Boil until dissolved, let cool)
French Kiss 1 oz. Van Gogh Espresso 1 oz. Chocolate liqueur 1 oz. White Chocolate liqueur Splash of cream Pour ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake and serve in a chilled martini glass.
According to The Cocktail Guru, lemonade cocktails are so hot right now. After sipping them at Van Gogh Vodka’s Lemonade Social, I couldn’t agree more. Bittersweet lemonade cocktails are perfect for summer or whenever you feel like a quick refresh. Plus, they’re super pretty.
So without further ado, here are a few simple lemonade cocktail recipes by The Cocktail Guru made with some of my favorite Van Gogh Vodka flavors. Extra points if you serve them in a mason jar. Using natural ingredients such as organic lemonade and fruit can help you avoid hangovers. So get out your mixer and drink up!
2 oz. Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry 4 oz. Pink lemonade Add ingredients to a rocks glass with ice and stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
Van Gogh Melonade
1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Melon 3 oz. Pink lemonade Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a thinly sliced lemon wheel.
2 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate 3 oz. Lemonade Pour ingredients into a rocks glass with ice and stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Whether you’re single or taken, there’s no better time of the year than Valentine’s Day to drink a sexy vodka cocktail. Though a cocktail’s flavor can stand alone, like love, you experience a cocktail with all five senses. The perfect cocktail filled with bold aromas and flavors, starts with the perfect vodka. Flavored vodkas good enough to drink straight are ideal for cocktails. After discovering Van Gogh Vodka‘s collection of vivid vodka flavors and colors, I don’t think I can drink anything else. As the first to introduce flavors such as chocolate, coffee, pomegranate, and acai-blueberry, Van Gogh Vodka is a pioneer in the flavored vodka category. Imported from Holland and crafted by second generation Master Distiller, Tim Vos, Van Gogh Vodka is perfect for the home bartender who wants to create delicious drinks without the fuss. Their portfolio of 22 vodka flavors (Pomegranate being my favorite), even includes PB&J for a touch of nostalgia.
Just in time for February 14th, Jonathan Pogash of The Cocktail Guru created a series of Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails crafted around Van Gogh’s vibrant flavored vodkas. I’ve tried all of them. So I can tell you from personal experience that they’re delicious and perfect to enjoy either during a night on the town with your girlfriends or on an intimate dinner with your lover. Here are his fab recipes:
My Honey Valentine
1-1/2 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka
3/4 oz. pomegranate juice
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and hot water stirred until the honey dissolves)
Directions: Shake ingredients very well with ice and strain into martini glass or over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Cool Peach Bellini
1 oz. Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka
1-1/2 oz. Peach Puree
3 oz. Prosecco
Directions: In a mixing glass stir the vodka and puree well. Add the Prosecco with ice and gently fold the ingredients (without stirring too much, as this will remove bubbles). Strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top off with extra Prosecco and garnish with a fresh peach when in season.
Spice It Up
1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Rich Dark Chocolate Vodka
3/4 oz. milk
1/2 oz. cinnamon syrup
Directions: Shake well with ice and strain into martini glass.
Garnish: pinch of chili powder sugar (equal parts cayenne pepper and sugar)
Holidayyyyyy! Celebrateeee! I pride myself on living everyday like it’s my birthday. However, it is soon to be my actual birthday making my life even more special. Happy almost Birthday to ME! Tomorrow, on September 4th I will celebrate 25 years of excellence with my friends and family. Thanks to Labor Day, I always get the gift of a long weekend every year around my birthday. Flavored vodka is a pinnacle part of any celebration. Therefore, I could not be more excited about the recent introduction of cake flavored vodka. It really tastes and smells like pound cake. Perfect for celebrating any occasion particularly a birthday. The bottle is even decorated with sprinkles like a real birthday cake.
When you’re a socialite, champagne and vodka serve as essential food groups. Cake flavored vodka is best served straight up or on the rocks. But, if you really want a mixed drink, it is also good with Ginger Ale and ice. I loved it so much that I kind of get carried away with the pictures.
Blow out the candles and make a wish! I wish to live like a socialite. Opps! I told my wish. Whatever! I was never one to follow the rules, especially not around my birthday.