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Posted December 21, 2012 by samuek in

Belvedere Red Vodka, Caviar, Cucumbers & Candy Canes

Well, tis the season to be jolly, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!  I think that is the right amount of las.  This time of year for my family and friends is insanely hectic with the usual holiday madness but also with many birthdays.  One that just passed was my sisters birthday and as usual we got together to celebrate.

I was given a bottle of the new Belvedere Red vodka to make cocktails with and decided to use the birthday as an excuse to test some cocktails.  Belvedere Red is a limited edition bottle where 50% of the profits will be given to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa!  Note that the vodka inside is the same as their grey bottle.

I always keep my vodka in the freezer.  It turns the vodka almost syrupy and I think makes a huge difference in taste.  Also, it is meant to be that way so just do it.

I started with a simple grapefruit and orange juice topped off with champagne and that really was the favorite.  It was a simple and refreshing drink, great for sipping.  This however was boring so I went on to cocktail 2.

I decided to do a Caviar Cucumber Martini.  I used:

  • 1.5 oz Belvedere Red vodka
  • 2 oz cucumber juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Cucumber balls for garnish
  • Acadian Sturgeon Caviar for garnish

The key here is to make a really potent cucumber juice.  If not done correctly, you just get green water which will not work.  I hollowed out 2 cucumbers, removing the watery section holding the seeds, then chopped the remaining parts, skin on, into a small dice.  I used a cheese cloth to strain out the juices using some pressure and gravity.  The caviar was there because it is the holidays and we do everything bigger during that time.  Having said that, it added a nice salty component and worked well as vodka and caviar are the perfect pairing.

I was happy with the drink but it did not scream holidays, so I tried another.

What is the most holiday drink I could think of?  A Candy Cane Martini of course!

For this martini I used:

  • 1.5 oz Belvedere Red vodka
  • 1 oz White Creme de Cocoa
  • 1 oz peppermint schnapps
  • crushed candy cane
  • whipped cream

For the decoration I made a whipped cream swirl inside and also rimmed the glass with whipped cream.  Then I added the crushed candy cane and let sit in the freezer to reduce the amount of whipped cream that would dissolve into the drink.  This was a visual hit and was the most fun to do.  To say the least, all the drinks were a hit and we had a great time.  Hope your holidays are brilliant.

Check out some other Belvedere recipes here




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