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The Belvedere Peach Nectar Launch at 48 Lounge

Everything’s peachy over at Belvedere Vodka. The famed vodka brand just added a new flavor to their growing portfolio of flavored vodkas with the introduction of Belvedere Peach Nectar, just in time for summer cocktails. The event was held at 48 Lounge, the award-winning cocktail lounge and NYC event venue located two blocks from Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan. The chic lounge was the perfect location to celebrate this latest maceration from Belvedere Vodka.

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The 80 proof Belvedere Peach Nectar is a mouthwatering blend of American peaches, Polish apricots, no added sugar, and of course Belvedere’s premium, rye-based vodka. The result is a flavor bursting with ripe and aromatic orchard fruit that adds a refreshing sweetness to your cocktails. Tasting Notes of the Belvedere Peach Nectar are as follows:

Nose: Bright, aromatic and refreshing notes of peach flesh, freshly cut citrus with a hint of toasted almond.

Palate: Juicy and rich, with notes of vanilla, ripe peach flesh, and baked apricot. Full bodied and luscious, the palate moves between succulent peach, sweet and aromatic apricot with a hint of marzipan and freshly baked almond pastry.

Finish: Sustained notes of ripe peaches with hints of almond and apricot.

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The event was as vibrant and refreshing as the newly launched vodka flavor. The delicious cocktails were plentiful, the music fun, the atmosphere lively; a perfect event for a hot summer day. Thanks to Belvedere and 48 Lounge, we were encouraged to create our on cocktails but lots of wonderful cocktails were provided, such as Peach Nectar Bellinis, Cosmopolitans, Vodka Tonics, etc.

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We ask you dear fans of Belvedere Vodka, what do you think of the latest addition? Are you ready for peachy summer cocktails? What cocktails are you hoping to enjoy using the Belvedere Peach Nectar? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.

World Martini Day with elit Vodka Penthouse at Marmara Park Ave

Whether you like it shaken, stirred, dirty, or dry, there’s no denying the delicious star power of a Martini. We had the pleasure of attending a few fabulous elit Vodka events to celebrate the upcoming World Martini Day aka National Martini Day. Renown mixologists were on hand at the Penthouse at Marmara Park Ave in New York, taken over by elit vodka for the entire month to celebrate martinis, to wow us with some of the most delicious martinis we’ve tasted. We were lucky enough to attend the launch event on June 1st, and the event to celebrate National Best Friend’s Day on June 8th. With one of our besties in tow, we enjoyed a night filled with a wonderful variety of martinis.

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elit vodka is Stoli’s luxury, triple-distilled vodka made from grains harvested from a farm in Tambov, Russia. As a grain vodka, elit vodka produces fewer impurities during the fermentation process. Although grain vodka doesn’t need as much distillation, elit is still distilled four times, resulting in a vodka that is crisp, purer, smoother on the palate, and a delicious base for some very delicious cocktails.

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Are you ready to dive into some of the smoothest and most delicious martinis you’ve ever had? Keep scrolling to indulge in one of four elit vodka martini recipes we enjoyed at the event, including Spring Thyme, Cloud 18, LED Martini, and La Signora.

Spring Thyme Created by Anthony Bohlinger (Maison Premier, Seamstress NYC)

Spring Thyme 1

2 oz. elit Vodka.75 oz Sage Infused Dolin Dry Vermouth*
.75 oz Sage Infused Dolin Dry Vermouth*
2 dashes of celery bitters
*add 40 sage leaves and 6 thyme sprigs in a bottle for 2 hours then strain out.
In a mixing glass add all ingredients and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a small sprig of thyme and sage attached to a mini clothespin. Express oils from a small piece of lemon over cocktail and discard.

Cloud 18

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Created by Anthony Bohlinger (Maison Premier, Seamstress NYC)
1.5 elit Vodka
.5 Superior Vermouth (blend of noilly prat and Dolin dry)
.25 creme de violet
2 dashes lavender bitters
4 dashes Germain-Robin Absinthe Blanche
Place all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice. In a martini chiller glass, place three pieces of culinary dry ice into the bowl section of the glass and add 2 oz of warm water, and give it a quick stir. Top with the martini glass and pour in the cocktail from the mixing glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh lavender and express a lemon zest over top.

LED Martini Created by Rael Petit, The Roxy Hotel & Lot 45

LED Martini 1

1.5 oz elit Vodka
.5 oz Banana Liqueur
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz Simple Syrup
6 dashes of pea flower
3 dashes of hibiscus
The LED Martini was inspired by the burgeoning trend of technology and lifestyle becoming one (see: Claire Danes’ dress at the 2016 Met Gala and elit vodka’s own ballerina shown above). With just a few drops of concentrated floral leaves and the light from an LED bulb, the drink transforms from a clear cocktail to an illuminated and colorful concoction. Shake all ingredients and pour into a martini glass over ice. Add six dashes of pea flower and three dashes of hibiscus and watch the color change. Created in honor of World Martini Day and available all month long at Lot 45 in Bushwick.

La Signora Created by Nola Woodall (Sweetwater Social)

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2oz elit Vodka
.75 Chareau Aloe liqueur
.25 Lustau Amontillado Sherry
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Serve: Up
Garnish: Lemon peel
La Signora is a lighter style martini with several layers of flavor and a long finish. The aloe liqueur has replaced the vermouth in this cocktail and the Amontillado serves to balance the sweetness in the cocktail while adding another layer to the palate.

Will you be raising an elit glass or two for World Martini Day? What’s your favorite elit vodka martini recipe?

DANZKA Vodka is #DesignedtoChill this Summer

We were lucky to be on hand to help welcome back DANZKA Vodka and its iconic aluminum bottle back to New York with a wonderful rooftop party. For those not in the know, DANZKA Vodka is very well-known as the world’s best traveling, premium vodka. The award-winning, smooth Scandinavian-style vodka, developed in Copenhagen, Denmark, recently held an event where we got to indulge in several cocktails featuring their four delicious US varieties – DANZKA Original, Citrus, Apple, and Cranraz (the other flavors include Grapefruit, Currant, and Fifty).

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What makes DANZKA Vodka so different? Why the uniqueness of its production. While some other vodka brands obtain the spirit from starch extracted from potatoes, molasses or milling industry by-products, DANZKA Vodka is made from 100% golden whole grain, and only carefully selected whole grain. The use of whole grain guarantees vodka with much more complete taste and aroma. DANZKA also uses water extracted from the Nordic underground which is then demineralized (the water remains completely clear and maintains it’s pure taste), and the purity of the water brings the taste of the 100% grain spirit into focus. Then the vodka through what is called the Scandinavian style of Vodka distillation, which includes a detailed fermentation process, then is passed through a continuous six-column distillation process to obtain the purest, smoothest and well-balanced taste that is DANZKA Vodka.

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Aside from its distinct distillation process, the beauty of DANZKA Vodka is it’s very smooth taste (you won’t find any harsh bite here) and it’s innovative, Danish-designed aluminium bottle bottle which allows for faster chilling than traditional glass bottles, making it perfect for beach and pool parties, or anywhere you’d bring a cooler. The aluminum bottle also allows DANZKA to be served right out of the freezer. It is perfect either straight-up, on the rocks, or in mixed drinks or cocktails. At the event, we enjoyed several cocktails, some of which are shown above) such as the smoking Flutecicle, Appletini, and Lemonade by Design.

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DANZKA Vodka is available in more than 120 countries worldwide. For more information on where to purchase your favorite DANZKA Vodka flavors in the US, visit www.danzka.com.

Vodka Wishes and Cocktail Caviar Dreams

We’ve highlighted so many delicious and innovative cocktails, and of course, inventive way to enjoy them, whether it be portable, pre-filled glasses like LIQSTwisted Shotz, or Zipz Wine, as a frozen popsicle. Today we introduce you to a new way to enjoy your favorite spirit, Cocktail Caviar, a delicious and sophisticated collection of burstable pearls of naturally flavored vodka, originated right here in Brooklyn.

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If you enjoy caviar and the moment each “roe” bursts in your mouth, you will love this product, if you enjoy the delicious taste of alcohol, you will love this. Basically, you can’t help but enjoy this wonderful product. the best thing about Cocktail Caviar, besides it’s innovative form, is you can freeze them and use them as ice in a cocktail, garnish your favorite dessert with any of the five Cocktail Caviar flavors you desire for an adult taste, treat your guests to an avant-garde shot, serve it as a crowd-pleasing aperitif, include it as a fun, new aspect to jello shots, or add it as a pearl at the bottom of a glass of wine.

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“Create vibrant dimensionality to your favorite drinks and desserts with Cocktail Caviar – quality crafted pearls infused with spirits destined to delight the senses,” says Steven Hollenkamp, Founder, and CEO of Cocktail Caviar.

Cocktail Caviar is available in five delicious flavored spirits, all made with premium vodka (25 proof/12.5% alcohol by volume) and natural fruit flavors and colors from fruit extracts, including Autumn Apple Vodka, Blueberry & Wildflower Vodka, Raspberry Vodka, Strawberry Vodka, and  Lychee Vodka. Each flavor of Cocktail Caviar comes in 375ml stackable glass jars and retails for $25.00 each. Look for this ultimate signature ingredient for your cocktails at your local wine and spirit retailers or visit www.cocktailcaviar.com for more information.

What are your thoughts on Cocktail Caviar, are you up to trying this innovative alcohol treat?

Toast to the Golden Globes: Movie-Inspired Drinks from Skinnygirl Cocktails

The 72nd Golden Globe Awards are almost upon us and while we can’t personally be present at the illustrious event to indulge in (and critique) the red carpet fashions, award winners, and losers, we can fawn over and snark from the comfort of our home, and away from the freezing temperatures (what’s with the single digit temperatures, Mother Nature?), while relishing in a few delicious cocktails. We are already envisioning ourselves savoring a cocktail or three, inspired by some of the most talked about Golden Globe-nominated movies while we share our favorite fashions, and moments via Social Media; and since these low-calorie cocktails are made with Skinnygirl Cocktails, we need not worry about our waistline expanding. Fans of the fan favorites, The Theory of Everything, Gone Girl, and Interstellar, may want to pay special attention to the following cocktail recipes:

The Theory of Thyme (For the Theory of Everything)

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1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
1 ½ parts lemonade
1 ½ parts watermelon juice
Leaves stripped from a 2-inch sprig of fresh thyme, plus a small sprig for garnish
Fresh watermelon ball/slice for garnish
Combine the vodka, lemonade, juice, and thyme leaves with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until well chilled. Double-strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish on the rim with the thyme sprig speared into the melon ball.

Disappearing Act (For Gone Girl)

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1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Meyer Lemon Vodka
¾ part orange or citrus liqueur
1 ½ parts lemon sour mix
3-4 fresh (or thawed frozen) raspberries
Lemon wheel for garnish
Muddle the raspberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka, liqueur, sour mix and ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel on the rim.

Galaxy Gimlet (for Interstellar) 

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1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
Splash of dry vermouth
Fresh olives for garnish
Shake ingredients with ice. Pour into martini glass and garnish with fresh olives.

For those who want to keep it simple, toast to the red carpet with Skinnygirl Cocktails’ newest offering, Skinnygirl Pinot Noir!

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At less than 100 calories per serving, the delicious Skinnygirl Pinot Noir, a 750 mL bottle which retails for $11.99, has soothing flavors of dark cherry, toasted oak and vanilla with a long silky finish that is perfect for sipping while you relax and watch the show. what do you guys think of these Skinnygirl Cocktails?

Spice up National Vodka Day w/ Powell & Mahoney Mixers

Yes, National Vodka Day is officially here and we will continue to honor this versatile spirit with more cocktail highlights. The wonderful thing about vodka is that it plays very well with just about every flavor. We don’t think we’ve ever had a vodka cocktail where the flavors didn’t make sense, Vodka just goes with everything. Today we show how two of our favorite flavors come together to make for a delicious result. In this post, we are highlighting a cocktail made with Powell & Mahoney’s Old Ballycastle Ginger Mixer and vodka.

The above is a new signature National Vodka Day cocktail, The Ginger Dog, created by master mixologist, Tad Carducci. The exotic blend of spicy ginger and tart grapefruit captivates you with alluring flavor sensations. Check out the recipe for The Ginger Dog below:

1.5 oz. Vodka
1.5 oz. Powell & Mahoney Old Ballycastle Ginger
1 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
Shake all ingredients with ice. Moisten the rim of a Collins glass with grapefruit juice and roll in coarse salt. Pour over fresh ice and garnish with a fresh grapefruit slice.

The Powell & Mahoney Old Ballycastle Ginger Mixer is just one of eighteen available cocktail mixer flavors from the brand. The Ginger Mixer is a rich, full bodied mixer uses the finest ginger, delicate elderflower, soothing milk thistle, and fennel to create the perfect partner for your favorite dark spirit. Made in Williston, Vermont, all Powell & Mahoney mixers are handcrafted in small batches using small kettles and boast only the finest juices, essential oils, and pure cane sugar. Grab yourself a bottle for only $7.99 at your local Whole Foods, Wegmans, Stew Leonard’s or specialty and gourmet grocery stores.

Toast to National Vodka Day w/ Wyborowa Wódka

We are days away from celebrating National Vodka Day (October 4th) and we’re excited to toast this annual honoring with a new Polish Vodka we were recently introduced to that’s launching in the US. We were lucky enough to celebrate the US launch of  Wyborowa Wodka, pronounced “Vee-bo-rova” or Wybo for short, a smooth, velvety vodka made from 100% pure rye grain that boasts a rich flavor and a natural, light sweet taste and aroma, setting it apart from other vodkas.

Wyborowa, which aptly means “The Finest” in Polish, is the #1 vodka in Poland, is made with the highest quality ingredients, and is produced through a continuous distillation process at 40 small-scale agricultural distilleries in Poland, earning it the acclaimed Polish Vodka Seal. At the event we were treated to three signature Wybo cocktails: Wyborowa Martini, Wyborowa Sour, and Wyborowa Chilled, as well as delicious Polish hors d’oeuvres. The Wybo Sour was deliciously addictive, and the Martini was as expected, smooth, dry, delicious and strong.

Wybo has been pleasing the palettes of vodka lovers since 1927, it is currently sold in more than 80 countries, and has received with more than 20 international awards including winning a Gold Medal in this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition. An impressive way to enter the US market. We had the opportunity to speak with Andrzej Szumowski, President of the Polish Vodka Association (pictured below) Wyborowa Wódka:

“Poland is regarded as the birthplace of vodka, and we are delighted to celebrate the spirit of our culture in the U.S.,” said Andrzej Szumowski, President of the Polish Vodka Association. “Vodka is the pride of Poland and Wybo represents that beautifully with its high quality and purity – something we should all raise our glasses to!”

The wonderful evening ended with a certificate honoring us as Ambassadors of Polish Vodka (ours is being framed)

Wybo Wodka will be distributed in the U.S. by importer and owner of a variety of international spirits, Crillon Importers Ltd, and a 750 ml bottle will retail for $15.99. You definitely need to add this 87-yr old vodka to your drink list.

Vodka from the Land Down Under: VDKA 6100

Forget what you think Australia is known for and get ready to enjoy the latest import from down under. Making it’s US debut is an incredibly pure and smooth premium vodka called VDKA 6100. Inspired by the Australian country code, VDKA 6100’s name pays tribute to its Australian roots but its incredible bottle design, created by leading New York designer Joe Doucet, highlights the quality and purity of this incredibly smooth vodka. VDKA 6100 is distilled from fresh seasonal whey and natural spring water from New Zealand, one of the most pristine spring water locations in the world.

With whey that is sourced from grass-fed cows’ milk, then is 3x distilled and filtered through a bed of carbon, the result is a silky, ultra-smooth liquid that is a cleaner, purer vodka which is also gluten free, sugar free, and lactose free. VDKA 6100 will be a real delight to vodka lovers, fans of the spirit will love its light and crisp taste. It’s wonderful on the rocks with twist of lemon and makes a mojito so incredibly delicious, it can only be described as velvety. Adding to this vodka’s greatness is the involvement of Actor Robert De Niro, ­described as the “co-creator” of VDKA 6100, who will be the face of the brand.

“I’m very proud to be associated with the creative team behind the launch of VDKA 6100. It will be personally rewarding to be a part of its growth,” said Robert De Niro. We think that Paul Gardner, President of VDKA 6100, has an incredible product on his hands, and we’re not just saying this because we’re primarily vodka drinkers. Two other cocktails we recommend trying with this satiny vodka are featured below…of course feel free to experiment.

Strawberry Sky

2 Parts VDKA 6100
¾ Part Lemon Juice
¾ Part Simple Syrup
Soda Water
3 Strawberries
2 Cucumber Slices
Muddle strawberries and cucumbers with simple syrup. combine lemon juice and VDKA 6100 in a shaker with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water, stir and garnish with a fresh strawberry and cucumber.

Greener Pastures

2 Parts VDKA 6100
¾ Part Lime Juice
½ Part Simple Syrup
½ Part Sweetened Kiwi Puree*
3 Fresh Basil Leaves
*One part simple syrup to four parts fresh kiwi puree.
Gently rub basil in a shaker with a muddler. Combine all remaining ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a sour glass over crushed ice. Garnish with kiwi slices and fresh basil.

VKDA 6100 is available in two sizes, 750ml, retailing for $34.99, and a 1-liter bottle for $44.99. For more information, visit http://www.VDKA6100.com.