February 11, 2013

It's EFFEN Valentine's Day

Whether you're trying to set the mood with your boo, or trying to drown your sorrows in the fact that you don't have one - EFFEN Vodka has a slew of cocktail recipes for you.

EFFEN is known for its incredibly smooth, even and balanced taste and its tongue-in-cheek name actually translates into this in Dutch.  The bottle design is just as thoughtful and distinctive as the liquid within. 

EFFEN® Toast of the Town
1 part EFFEN® Black Cherry Vodka
1/2 part Raspberry Liqueur

Method: In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients except champagne.  Strain into a fluted glass and top with champagne.

EFFEN® Vodka First Glance
1 1/2 parts EFFEN® Vodka
3/4 part Aperol
3/4 part Grapefruit juice
1/2 part Fresh Pomegranate juice
1/2 part Lemon juice
1/2 part Simple Syrup
2 parts Prosecco

Method: Shake all except Prosecco with ice and strain into a wine glass filled ice cubes and Prosecco.  Garnish with a lemon twist or lemon wheel.

EFFEN® Vodka Spicy Romance
1 1/2 parts EFFEN® Black Cherry Vodka
3/4 part DeKuyper O3 Orange Liqueur
3/4 part Fresh Pomegranate juice
1/2 part Lime juice
1/2 part Simple Syrup
Dash of Angostura Bitters or Fee Brothers Whiskey Bitters

Method: Shake all with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.  For a little more romance, add a splash of Champagne.  Garnish with a thin sliced lime wheel floating on top.

EFFEN® Chocolate Covered Black Cherry
1 1⁄2 parts EFFEN® Black Cherry Vodka
3⁄4 part DeKuyper® Crème de Cacao Dark
3⁄4 part Half and Half
1 teaspoon Bonne Maman® Cherry Preserves
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Method: In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel and brandied cherries.

EFFEN® Chai Love’tini
1 1⁄2 parts EFFEN® Vodka
Peel of Lemon (use a knife or potato peeler to make a thick strip)
Peel of Orange
1 teaspoon Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon Water
4 dashes Fee Brothers Orange Bitters

Method: In a mixing glass place sugar, water, bitters, and citrus peels skin side down. Lightly muddle peels into sugar to release oils and to dissolve sugar into water. Add remaining ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with lemon peel.

EFFEN® Amore
2 parts EFFEN® Vodka
1 part tonic water
1 part peach juice

Method: Mix ingredients and garnish with raspberries & sugar.

EFFEN® Bitter Truth
Created by David Nepove - National President, U.S. Bartender’s Guild

1½ parts EFFEN® Vodka
2 dashes Jerry Thomas' The Bitter Truth™ Bitters (Or similar bitters such as Angostura® Bitters)
1 part Simple Syrup
1 part Lemon Juice
1½ parts Tonic Water

Method: Add all ingredients, except tonic, to a cocktail shaker over ice and shake.  Strain and pour into a cocktail glass with with ice.  Top with tonic water and garnish with a lemon wheel in the glass.