November 21, 2013

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Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes from Smirnoff + Thanksgiving Day Wines! #sp

That special time of the year is approaching when we gather with loved ones to celebrate what we’re thankful for, eat delicious food, and toast to the start of the holiday season!   When planning the indulgent spread, don’t forget to include a signature cocktail or two to compliment your seasonal fare. SMIRNOFF has two new confection flavors, SMIRNOFF Wild Honey Flavored Vodka and SMIRNOFF Cinna-Sugar Twist Flavored Vodka that are perfect additions to Thanksgiving libations. 

SMIRNOFF Cinna-Sugar Twist Flavored Vodka 
SMIRNOFF® Cinna-Sugar Twist Flavored Vodka begins with SMIRNOFF Vodka, the best-selling vodka in the world*. Adding a refreshing bite of cinnamon and sugar, the liquid is triple distilled for exceptional smoothness and ten times filtered in a unique process for supreme clarity. A deliciously tempting indulgence, SMIRNOFF Cinna-Sugar Twist Flavored Vodka delivers a taste reminiscent of a flaky golden pastry sprinkled with the irresistible sweetness of cinnamon and sugar.

Wow, wow, wow...  A sweet vodka mixing some of my favorite ingredients.  It reminds me of an elephant ear from the fair.  If you know me, then an elephant ear or funnel cake is a must at a fair.  Now I can relive these tastes right at home and mix some yummy drinks with it too!

Tasting Notes:                                             
  • Nose:  Soft, sweet, woody aroma with a hint of clove
  • Taste: Cinnamon bite peppered with sugar
  • Finish: Sweet and soft sugar notes that melt in the mouth; little to no aftertaste
SMIRNOFF Cinna-Sugar Twist Cheeky Churro

1 oz. SMIRNOFF Cinna-Sugar Twist Flavored Vodka

0.5 oz. orange liqueur

0.5 oz. Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur with a Hint of Vanilla Cinnamon Flavor

0.5 oz. light cream

Glassware: Coupe glass

Garnish: Grated cinnamon
Preparation: Shake and serve

SMIRNOFF Wild Honey Flavored Vodka

SMIRNOFF® Wild Honey Flavored Vodka begins with SMIRNOFF Vodka, the best-selling vodka in the world*. Triple distilled for exceptional smoothness and ten times filtered in a unique process for supreme clarity and a sweet touch of smooth honey.  SMIRNOFF Wild Honey Flavored Vodka combines the pure sweet taste of golden honey with a wild side of floral fruitiness that could only be found in nature.

Tasting Notes:                                             
  • Nose:  Light, earthy and sweet with floral undertones
  • Taste: Bright and natural honey tones are warm on the tongue
  • Finish: Comes down soft, sweet and a touch creamy
SMIRNOFF Honey Nut Cake

1 oz. SMIRNOFF Wild Honey Flavored Vodka

0.5 oz. Hazelnut Liqueur

0.5 oz. Creme de cacao

1 oz. Cream

Glassware: Martini Glass

Preparation: Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish: Grated nutmeg

Alongside these delicious cocktails, don’t forget to have a staple red and white wine on hand so you don’t leave any of your guests out.  Sterling Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir and Aromatic White pair great with appetizers at any Thanksgiving gathering.

Sterling Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir
The bright acidity and gentle tannins of this fine Pinot can take guests from appetizers right into the main meal, pairing with a cornucopia of dishes on the Thanksgiving table.
This is an amazing wine with a cherry flavor as well as  hints of vanilla. The taste jumps right out of the glass, with big black cherry flavors from entry to finish.  A perfect wine for Thanksgiving dinner!  Retails about $15 a bottle.

Sterling Vintners Collection Aromatic White

The explosion of intense fruit and floral aromas in this wine stand up well to the equally intense flavors to appetizers containing ingredients such as blue cheese and sweet apricot. This wine offers a refreshing sip as a counterpoint to the creaminess of the cheese and the soft chew of dried apricots. This is an amazing white wine and great to serve with appetizers while Thanksgiving dinner is cooking.  I also thought it would be great to serve with dessert.   Retails about $10 a bottle.

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