Five Vodka cocktail recipes you need to try…

Get a-head of your cocktail game with these recipes from Crystal Head Vodka…

Skull Vodka Seen in the city

Vodka is the perfect drink to have neat or mixed with a cocktail, but with the popularity increasing and an overwhelming selection of brands to choose from, it can be a minefield when trying to decide what vodka to use. This is when Crystal head vodka comes in,  a vodka which comes in the purest of forms, tastes great and looks awesome – (it’s bottle is designed as a skull!)

Available from many retailers, Crystal Head Vodka pride themselves in being nothing but a pure spirit – no additives or ingredients are added to the vodka, making it the perfect base to use when creating a cocktail.

With this in mind we have tried a selection of their Startender Cocktails, Crystal Head Vodka On Location Cocktails and Signature Cocktails and put together 5 delicious cocktails which you will love and want to try…

1. Red Tempest

Ingredients:
1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
½ oz. Amaretto
1 oz. fresh orange juice
2 oz. soda
½ oz. Monin Wildberry Purèe
¼ oz. Monin Exotic Citrus Syrup
fresh rosemary sprigs

How to Mix:
Stir Crystal Head, Monin Wildberry Purèe, Amaretto, orange juice, and Monin Exotic Citrus in shaker until all ingredients have dissolved. Add ice and a sprig of rosemary to shaker. Shake well then strain into a cocktail glass with ice. Top with soda.

Garnish
Skewer blackberries on to a sprig of rosemary

2. Pear of thieves

Ingredients:
1 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
½ oz. St-Germaine Elderflower
¼ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 oz. fresh pear juice
1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice

How to Mix :
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously then pour into a cocktail glass.

Garnish
Grapefruit wedge

3. Canadian Mule

Ingredients:
1 ¼ oz. Crystal Head Aurora
3 oz. ginger beer
1 tsp. simple syrup
fresh lime
mint sprig

How to Mix:
In a copper mug filled with ice, add Crystal Head, simple syrup and a splash of lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir.

Garnish
mint sprig and lime slice

4. Bittersweet Endings

Ingredients:
2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
1 oz. Bénédictine
Angostura bitters

How to Mix:
Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and stir gently. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Garnish
Lemon Twist

5. Smokin’ Head Caesar

Ingredients:
2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
5 oz. Clamato (Caesar) or tomato juice (Bloody Mary)
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Dash of hot sauce
Tiny dash of liquid smoke
Garnish of your choice

How to Mix :
Rub the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge and dip into salt, pepper and smoked paprika mix. In a shaker half filled with ice, add all ingredients and shake well. Strain into the pre-rimmed glass filled with ice.

Garnish
Optional Garnish Ideas:
Celery and lime wheel
Bacon wrapped mini meatball with 2 hot peppers
Scallop and hot pepper skewer
Spicy halved long bean skewer

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