Koskenkorva Vodka: The World’s Most Sustainable Vodka

Koskenkorva Vodka: The World’s Most Sustainable Vodka

As Earth Month comes to an end, we hope you will continue to support the brands that are helping to make our planet and better one. We had the pleasure of getting better acquainted with Koskenkorva Vodka during a virtual Masterclass moderated by’s Beverage & Event Expert, Paul Zahn, with Koskenkorva Vodka Global Brand Ambassador Mikael Karttunen. The very smooth vodka made from very special barley grown by a dedicated group of local farmers and pure water. It’s also the vodka made in one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries in Finland. This makes Koskenkorva Vodka, the world’s most sustainable vodka.

Koskenkorva Vodka: The World’s Most Sustainable Vodka

The award-winning vodka uses custom barley varieties that have been developed for the short growing season of Finland. Most of Koskenkorva’s barley is sourced locally within 200km of the Koskenkorva village, where sustainability is a way of life and goes through a state-of-the-art distillation process. It’s made with pure 100% unfiltered and unprocessed pure spring water (we know Finland is known for its exceptional spring water). The vodka brand owns its bioenergy plant at Koskenkorva village; it is specially designed to use the barley husks that are leftover from the distillation, as fuel for steam generation. The ashes are used in the nearby barley fields as a fertilizer. Hence why their mantra is “Vodka from a village”.

Koskenkorva Vodka: The World’s Most Sustainable VodkaKoskenkorva Vodka: The World’s Most Sustainable Vodka

During the master class, we learned how to create a delicious cocktail, whose recipe we’ve shared with you below. See our not-so-smooth attempt at creating this cocktail. As previously stated, the virtual event was moderated by Koskenkorva Vodka Global Brand Ambassador Mikael Karttunen. Mikael’s worn many hats. He’s been the Editor-in-chief of The Shaker Magazine, Finland’s oldest and biggest bartending magazine in Finland; a bartender for 23 yrs, awarded twice at the Finnish National Bartending Championships; co-authored the book Kotimainen Cocktail, and so much more.

The Sparkling Green Lemonade

Koskenkorva Vodka: The World’s Most Sustainable Vodka

1.5 oz Koskenkorva Vodka
2 oz Organic unsweetened green tea
3 oz Sparkling lemonade
.5 oz Lemon juice (optional)
5-6 Mint leaves (optional)
Build vodka, tea, lemon juice, and mint in an iced mixing tin. Shake vigorously over ice and pour into glass. Top
with 3 oz. of sparkling lemonade & stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel and/or mint sprig.

Despite our few missteps, our cocktail was amazingly delicious and we highly recommend you grab yourself a bottle try this recipe yourself. The Koskenkorva Vodka virtual event also gave us some sustainable tips on what to do with our Koskenkorva bottle after it’s empty from Jeanie Engelbach, owner of Apartment Jeannie. Our favorite tips were transforming the bottles into glass tumblers and painting them to use as vases. What other tips do you recommend for empty spirit bottles.? Let us know in the comments.

Enjoy Frankly Organic Vodka Brunch Cocktails at Home this Mother’s Day

Enjoy Frankly Organic Vodka Brunch Cocktails at Home this Mother’s Day

Sometimes we forgot that our moms were once where we are; young, enjoyed going out and hanging out with friends, etc. Before they settled down, our moms were out having fun and enjoying delicious cocktails (some still do). This Mother’s Day, why not treat your mom to some delicious brunch cocktails you’ve crafted at home? You can help her relive those unfilled days of her youth while we’re all still restricted from enjoying a full brunch experience out. Today, we’re sharing two great libations from Frankly Organic Vodka that is not only delicious, but they’re also easy to make.

Enjoy Frankly Organic Vodka Brunch Cocktails at Home this Mother’s Day

Perfect for brunch, these Frankly Organic Vodka cocktail recipes will keep things fresh on Mother’s Day Sunday! Each feature one of Frankly’s small-batch varieties, which are 100% organic and infused with functional ingredients like real roots, fruits, and botanicals. You and your mom can feel great about what’s in your glass as you sip on one or both of these delicious brunch cocktails. You’ll and mom will love the combination of flavors these two organic vodkas offer. They’re both bold, refreshing, and absolutely memorable. Keep reading to create these delicious drink recipes at home.

Apple Kombucha Crush

Enjoy Frankly Organic Vodka Brunch Cocktails at Home this Mother’s Day

1 ½ oz Frankly Organic Apple Vodka
1 ½ tsp sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
Lemon wedge
3 oz ginger kombucha
½ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ oz maple syrup
Mix sugar and cinnamon on a plate. Smear the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge. Dip rim in the sugar mix. Add ice to a shaker and pour vodka, lemon juice, and maple syrup, and shake. Add ice to the glass and pour liquid. Add apple slices and kombucha. Garnish with sage and cinnamon stick.

Salty Cinnamon Dog

Enjoy Frankly Organic Vodka Brunch Cocktails at Home this Mother’s Day

2 oz Frankly Organic Grapefruit Vodka
½ tsp kosher salt
Zest from 1 lime
Pinch of cinnamon
½ fresh squeezed lime juice
4 oz sparkling grapefruit juice
Blend salt and zest. Smear lime on the rim of the glass and dip in salt. Add to glass: ice, Frankly vodka, cinnamon, lime, and grapefruit juice. Stir and garnish with grapefruit slices.

There’s so much to love about Frankly Organic Vodka aside from their delicious spirits. Did you know they were the first spirit brand in the world to include ingredients and nutritional content on their label? Each of the five hand-crafted small-batch varieties, the Original, Strawberry, Pomegranate, Grapefruit, and Apple are non-GMO, gluten-free, and contain no refined sugars, artificial flavors, or colors. What’s even more impressive, the vodka brand donates 1% of its revenue to animal welfare organizations through their Frankly Fido Program.

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned-Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

.As the weather continues to get warmer and more vaccines are administered, everyone is hopeful about the opportunity to fully enjoy time outside their homes. Whether it be get-togethers with friends and family or vacations to exotic and tropical places. While we’re not yet at this point in time, there is a way you can enjoy an escape to a tropical locale; at least via your tastebuds – Biza Cocktails, the tropical canned cocktails.

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned-Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

The name Biza is originally inspired by the internationally known Spanish island of Ibiza. Although it celebrates a lifestyle experience, not necessarily tied to a specific location. Contrary to the hard seltzers found in the market today, Biza is a handcrafted cocktail, lightly sparkling and full of flavor. Created from premium vodka, Biza is slightly more alcoholic than the average canned cocktails, at 6% ABV. With only a touch of carbonation, the gluten-free, and malt-free Biza cocktails stand out in flavor and canned cocktail experience. Unlike the competition, Biza has carefully hand-selected their ingredients to create their natural tropical flavors. The low-calorie drinks are available in four bold flavors: Passion Fruit Peach, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Vanilla, and Mango Jalapeño.

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

If you’re ready to take your happy hour to the next level? These delicious, on-the-go libations will take you there. To gift us with the amazing level of deliciousness, Biza really focused on highlighting full flavor bursts. Their unique combinations are great tasting from start to finish.

Biza was started by a group of friends who came together during happy hour on a mission to fill a void in the marketplace. The goal was to create a brand that caters to their friends and the millennial generation. They tested all aspects of Biza’s product development on 100 millennials across varying age ranges. It’s made by millennials for millennials!

The easy-to-grab Biza Cocktails are available in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and online at

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal - Best Vodka Award

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal – Best Vodka Award

The holiday season is upon us and while Thanksgiving is all about the food, Christmas is about the holiday spirits; and we don’t just mean the joy and magic of the season. What better holiday spirit to celebrate the festive season with than one that’s an award winner! Say congratulations to Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka which recently won the Platinum Medal – Best Vodka at the 2020 L.A. Spirits Awards. Although this is their first platinum medal, it isn’t the first time the American-made vodka brand has won awards.

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal - Best Vodka Award

Of course, it’s no surprise that this classic, velvety smooth, 100% American-made vodka won platinum. Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka is five-times distilled with high-quality grain, grown in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, to ensure a clean, extra smooth taste. If you’re looking for a delicious, clean, smooth cocktail to enjoy during the holidays, we’ve got five to share with you today.

Seagram’s Vodka Classic Bloody Mary

Seagram’s Vodka Classic Bloody Mary

2 oz. Seagram’s 80 Proof Vodka
4 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
1⁄2 oz. Olive Juice
1⁄4 oz. Balsamic Vinegar
1-2 Dashes Tabasco
1⁄2 oz. Tomato Juice
1⁄2 oz. Lemon Juice
1⁄2 tsp. Horseradish
Black Pepper
Garlic Powder
Rim a pint glass or mason jar with salt and fill the glass with ice. Combine all ingredients in the glass over the ice and stir with a cocktail spoon. Garnish with a celery stalk, skewered cocktail olives & onions, lime, and lemon rounds.

Seagram’s Vodka Winter Sunset

Seagram’s Vodka Winter Sunset

2 ounces of Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
4 ounces of grapefruit juice
¼ ounce of grenadine
Grapefruit and umbrella garnish
Add grenadine to a highball glass. Add grapefruit juice and Seagram’s Extra Smooth to a shaker. Shake then strain over ice into a highball glass. Garnish with grapefruit slice and umbrella

Seagram’s Vodka Bucha Berry Merry

Seagram’s Vodka Bucha Berry Merry

2 ounces of Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
1/2 ounce of mixed berry syrup
Top with kombucha
Garnish with mixed berry pick
Add everything to a shaker except the kombucha. Shake then strain into a wine glass. Top with kombucha and garnish with a mixed berry pick.

Seagram’s Vodka Cranberry

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal - Best Vodka Award

2 oz. Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
4 oz. Cranberry Juice
Splash Tonic Water
Splash of Lime Juice
Rocks Ice
Combine Seagram’s 80 Proof Vodka, Cranberry Juice, and Lime Juice in a shaker and shake vigorously, strain over ice in a low-ball glass, and top with tonic water. Garnish with a lime round.

Seagram’s Vodka Martini

Seagram’s Vodka Martini

3 oz. Seagram’s Extra Smooth
1 oz. Dry Vermouth
Combine vodka and dry vermouth in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain and serve up in a martini glass, garnish with 2-3 stuffed olives.

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka is the perfect bottle to have on hand to enjoy easy, festive cocktails this holiday season whether you’re celebrating with family, a socially distanced gathering, or solo.

Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

Crystal Head Vodka Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the NYC Pride March and many brands are honoring the anniversary with products to celebrate. In celebration of diversity and equality, multi-award winning, ultra-premium spirit, Crystal Head Vodka released a limited-edition PRIDE BOTTLE. They’ve also released a range of delicious colored cocktails, representing each of the Pride flag colors. These cocktails are a part of their #MADEWITHPRIDE campaign, which also features weekly Instagram Lives. Color plays such an important role in our world. when we think of color, we think of self-expression and a way to communicate.

Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

Color evokes a feeling, and this beautiful rainbow bottle and rainbow vodka cocktails shine proudly and brightly to celebrate Pride. It truly is the vodka for the creative spirit. Let’s get you better acquainted with these delicious #MADEWITHPRIDE cocktails. Check out all six CHV cocktail recipes below:

Red: Feelin’ Fruity

Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka Original
1 ¼ oz. Fresh Watermelon Juice (muddled)
½ oz. Freshly squeezed Lemon juice
1 bar spoon (tsp) Simple Syrup
1 bar spoon (tsp) Rose Syrup
Garnish with a wedge of fresh watermelon.

Orange: Lady Marmalade

Crystal Head Vodka #MADEWITHPRIDE Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
½ oz. Aperol
1 ½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice
1 tsp Orange Marmalade
Top with Prosecco
Crusto-style sugar rim or orange zest for garnish.

Yellow: Golden Girl

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
1 ½ oz. Pineapple Juice
¾ oz. Lemon Juice
1 Heaping bar spoon Powdered Sugar
Stir to froth and top with soda water, garnish with a pineapple slice

Green: Loud and PROUD

2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
Fever-Tree Sicilian Lemonade
A handful of Fresh Cilantro
2-3 Slices Jalapeño
Muddle CHV, cilantro, and jalapeno in a shaker. Add ice and shake. Fine strain into a highball glass with new ice. Top with Fever-Tree Sicilian lemonade, stir and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Blue: Born this Way

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Pinch of salt
1 bar spoon (tsp) Caster Sugar
¼ oz. Blue Curacao
½ oz. Tio Pepe Fino Sherry
1 Egg white
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Dry shake. Add ice to the shaker and shake again. Fine strain into a chilled glass and zest with lemon peel.

Purple: Free-Spirit

Crystal Head Free-Spirit Cocktail

2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz. Simple Syrup
1 ¼ oz. Butterfly Pea Flower tea
Combine CHV, lemon, and simple. Shake and strain. Pour butterfly pea flower on top

The CHV PRIDE BOTTLE is available in select U.S. markets, Canada and Europe through July 2020. The limited-edition, 750 ml bottle will retail for $49.99 and will be released annually.

Bogart's Spirits: Drink in the Essence of Old Hollywood

Bogart’s Spirits: Drink in the Golden Age of Hollywood

Before we were fighting for our civil rights, our COVID-19 experience had been basking in the glory of all things old Hollywood. With the popularity of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time and the amazing success of Ryan Murphy’s reimagined Hollywood series on Netflix, we were more than ready to drink in the love of Bogie and Bacall. Then we ended up fighting for our lives and rights and things were put off to the side for a minute. But! One cannot live my anger alone, so back to love we go. Specifically to Stephen Bogart, the son of Bogie and Bacall, and his range of Bogart’s Spirits.

During the “Golden Age of Hollywood”, Humphrey Bogart was the toast of the town, so we quite eager to get to know the offerings from Bogart’s Spirits. Thanks to the partnership between the Humphrey Bogart Estate and Patron Tequila co-founder, John Paul DeJoria’s, ROKiT Drinks, the award-winning Bogart’s Gin, Bogart’s Whiskey, Bogart’s Rum, and Bogart’s Vodka is here to bring some of old Hollywood to today.

Bogart's Spirits: Drink in the Essence of Old Hollywood

Each Bogart’s Spirits bottle, available in 750ml, features Humphrey Bogart’s name, key facts from his biography, and a famous Bogie quote about drinking.

The Bogart’s Gin ($26.99) is made with juniper berries from Italy that are selected for their fragrant aromas; fresh hand-zested citrus; vine-ripened cucumber; lightly hand-roasted and crushed macadamia nuts; lavender, and coriander leaves. Incredibly smooth juniper spruce tips and coriander taste that finishes in a round, full back note of macadamia and peppery lime. The gin bottle features this Humphrey Bogart quote: “NEVER TRUST A MAN WHO DOESN’T DRINK”.

Bogart’s Whiskey ($34.99) is a blended whiskey made with single malt and grain whiskeys. After maturing for at least three years, it is then rested and finished using white American oak bourbon casks. Spice and fruit notes mingle on the nose along with strong flavors of honey. You may notice the simple syrup and graham crackers that show in this lively spirit. The whiskey bottle boasts features this Humphrey Bogart quote: “I DEFEND MY AMERICAN RIGHT TO TAKE A DRINK WHEN I FEEL LIKE IT”.

Rum lovers will love Bogart’s Rum ($24.99) for its artisan-distilled and blended unaged rum. Made from U.S. Virgin Island rum (a sugar cane base) and “Fancy” grade Black Strap Molasses from the Gulf Coast; this crystal-clear white rum boasts a remarkably smooth, clean finish, with aromas of light caramel and citrus zest. It’s soft, well-rounded flavors include almond and coconut, which makes this exceptionally well-crafted rum the star of any occasion. What is the Humphrey Bogart quote on the rum bottle? : “ALL YOU OWE THE PUBLIC IS A GOOD PERFORMANCE”.

Last but not least, Bogart’s Vodka ($24.99) uses the highest-quality American grains. It is column-distilled seven times in small batches and matches the quality of the legendary man it represents. The result is an unbelievably smooth and clean vodka with a silky-dry yet light, fruity body, and peppery spice-accented finish. It is a truly tasty and balanced vodka. The Humphrey Bogart quote on the vodka bottle is probably what every American is feeling right now: “THE WHOLE WORLD IS THREE DRINKS BEHIND”.

Now that you’re acquainted with Bogart’s Spirits, we thought we’d share some delicious cocktail recipes to start you off on your Golden Age of Hollywood entertainment.

Bogart’s Vodka “Quarantini”

Bogart Spirits Vodka

2 oz. Bogart’s Vodka
1 oz. Roses Lime Juice
1 oz. Pomegranate Juice
1 Sprig of Fresh Mint
In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients over ice. Shake not stir until chill. Pour in a Martini Glass and garnish with a sprig of Fresh Mint.

Bogart’s Vodka Dilly Dilly

Bogart Spirits Vodka Cocktail

1.5oz Bogart’s Vodka
0.75oz strawberry cordial*
0.75oz lemon juice
Top ABK Rose Frisch(sub prosecco, or club soda)
fresh dill
Combine all ingredients EXCEPT ABK Rose Frisch in a shaker tin with ice and shake. Strain into wine glass over ice. Top with ABK Rose Frisch, garnish with a sprig of dill.

*Strawberry Cordial
6.0oz strawberries
16.0oz simple syrup
0.5oz rose water
1.0oz Bogart’s Vodka
Blend strawberry into a puree, combine with simple syrup. Bring strawberry syrup to boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 10min. Remove from heat, strain through cheesecloth or coffee filter. Once it’s cooled down, add rose water. Keeps refrigerated for 2-3weeks.

The Bogart’s Adult Whiskey Sour Apple

(A smart cocktail you will definitely need after a day of Home Schooling!)

Bogart Spirits Whiskey
2 oz. of Bogart’s Whiskey
1/4 Cup of Apple Cider or Apple Juice
1 oz. of Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
1 Squirt of Lemon Juice
Pour all ingredients over ice and stir!

A Clove Affair

Bogart's Whiskey A Clove Affair Cocktail
2.0oz Bogart’s Irish Whiskey
1.0oz lemon juice
0.75oz grenadine syrup
Garnish: 1⁄2 lemon wheel studded with clove
Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin with ice and shake. Strain into Collins glass over ice. Garnish with a clove-studded lemon wheel. Torch clove until smoking and serve.

Garden Bubbles

Bogart's Whiskey Garden Bubbles Cocktail

1.5oz Bogart’s Gin
0.75oz lemon juice
0.75oz simple syrup
0.25oz Cynar
2 dashes rhubarb bitters
Celery foam*
Combine all ingredients into a shaker tin with ice and shake. Strain into martini/coupe glass. Spoon celery foam over top of the cocktail.

*Celery Foam:
16.oz celery foam
1⁄2 tbsp soy lecithin
1⁄2 tsp celery salt
Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl. Use an immersion blender to mix ingredients, turn at a 45-degree angle to create bubbles.

To purchase one or all of the Bogart’s Spirits, visit in the US and for worldwide shipping.

Three Olives Rosé Vodka Spritz: The Hottest Summer Cocktail

The weather is finally starting to realize we are in the spring season and is beginning to warm up. It’s a good thing too because there are lots of cocktail-inspired things to celebrate. The end of May sets it off with Memorial Day and National Wine Day, while June ushers in National Rose Day and National Pink Day. We’re going to be highlighting a lot of drinks in honor of those days, starting with two of our favorite things, Rosé Vodka and Spritz cocktails. Get ready to indulge in the hottest summer cocktail from Three Olives Vodka.

Tis the beginning of the season of the Spritz cocktail and Three Olives Rosé Vodka is sharing two versions of the hottest summer cocktail, a more traditional spritz and a frozen option. The difference between these drinks and regular spritz cocktails is the absence of Aperol. We know some of you are not fans of Aperol, so these two Three Olives Rosé Vodka Spritz cocktails are perfect alternatives.

Whether you enjoy it in its classic form or frozen, these are the perfect way to celebrate the warmer season and the hottest summer cocktail.

Rosé Spritz

1 Part Three Olives Rosé Vodka
1 Part Soda Water
Pour vodka into a glass with ice, top with club soda. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Frosé Vosé

12 parts of Three Olives Rosé Vodka
18 parts of Frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate (thawed, not diluted)
Combine ingredients in a pitcher. Pour ingredients into a blender and add up to 12 cups of ice, blend until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Serve in a wine glass (or hurricane glass) and garnish with a lemon wheel.
*Replace ice with Frozen Strawberries for an even more decadent frozen delight! *Batch serves 12

What are your thoughts on Three Olives Rosé Vodka’s take on the hottest summer cocktail? Will you be trying out one or both of these this summer?

Effen Vodka Launches Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus Flavors

National Vodka Day isn’t until October but thankfully we don’t have to wait until then to enjoy the latest flavor launches from Effen Vodka. Just in time for and perfect for summer, are Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus flavors. The two new super-premium vodka flavors join the already exciting range of flavors. These flavors include Black Cherry, Raspberry, Cucumber, Blood Orange and Green Apple. Let’s get to know the new Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus vodka flavors.

Made from premium French wheat, Effen Vodka uses a continuous distillation process, along with all-natural ingredients to create a smooth taste on the palate. This results in a flavored vodka that is smooth yet crisp with flavors that are unsullied by an aftertaste. We had the pleasure of enjoying several cocktails made with the new Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus vodkas. Great music kept us company as we enjoyed a very informative flight bar led by Bartender, Amy Probasco. We enjoyed the new flavors neat and paired with a variety of ingredients. We recommend trying different fruits and herbs to enhance the natural flavors of each new flavor.

The night ended too quickly but we each took home a keepsake cocktail shaker designed by Street Artist, AJ Lavilla.

The Effen Rosé Vodka combines the bright, smooth flavors of a classic Rosé with an accent of vanilla and honey to round out its flavor. The liquid itself is a beautiful pink-hue and adds no additional sugar. The two featured Effen Rosé cocktails included the Raspberry Rosé Spritz, a great summer drink; and the Rosé & Soda, perfect for those who want a low-calorie and low sugar cocktail.

The one of a kind Effen Yuzu Citrus Vodka uses Yuzu citrus fruit; it’s known for its use and origin from Japan and East Asia. This Asian citrus fruit is exploding with popularity across the US, and already can be found in many products. The taste is a complex blend of citrus, grapefruit, and herb to truly embody the subtle beauty of the Yuzu fruit and flavor. This is the first Yuzu Vodka we’ve experienced and we are in love. We loved the light and refreshing citrus taste.

Thanks to the Effen Yuzu Citrus cocktail, we’ve found out new “adult lemonade” and the Yuzu Citrus & Grapefruit Soda is another low-calorie and low sugar winner. No matter which flavor you enjoy, we promise the Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus vodkas will be a hit.