Do you like cocktails? Let’s talk about cocktails. In this article, we will tell you what a cocktail is, cocktail hour, cocktail sauce, and of course, we will present 3 great recipes for cocktails made with vodka.
The Cocktail and its Creator
A cocktail is a drink made by mixing several ingredients. There are several versions of the etymology of the word cocktail. According to one of them, it was created by the Creole pharmacist Antoine Peichon, who served the drinks mixed with other food or fruit juice in his wine house in New Orleans. In the mid-1800s, Peichon served mixed alcoholic drinks in a French glass.
Cocktails are alcoholic (one or more ingredients containing an alcoholic drink) and non-alcoholic. Cocktails usually consist of alcohol and fruit juices. Some cocktails are simple and contain only two ingredients, while there are also cocktails that are more complex and contain several fruit juices, spices, and any dish. Also, let’s not forget about milkshakes.
There is a special cocktail hour between lunch and dinner. And at a wedding ceremony or reception, guests are offered cocktails before dinner. This allows guests to look forward to dinner. Bars and restaurants use the cocktail hour to attract patrons during the quietest time of the day. So, you can consider the period between 14:00 and 18:00 as cocktail hour, but the exact time of course depends on the nature of the event.
Very often “cocktail hour” is also called “happy hour”, and parties during which guests drink cocktails are called “cocktail parties”. Such parties are especially common in diplomatic and elite circles.
Cocktail sauce is a hot sauce made with ketchup or chili sauce and horseradish. This sauce is usually served with appetizers, such as seafood and sautéed mushrooms.
3 Vodka Cocktail Recipes
The first drink on our list is a delicious strawberry cocktail. For the cocktail we need:
- sugar – 1 cup
- water – 5 cups
- strawberries – 500 gr
- lemon juice – 1 cup
- “Imperskaya” vodka – 1 glass
This cocktail is a classic, and good vodka makes it even better and more delicious. Mash the strawberries with a blender, then pour the puree with lemon juice into a pitcher full of ice. Mix 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a pot, then put it on the fire and heat until the sugar dissolves. Cool the resulting syrup and add it to the strawberry and lemon mixture. Afterward, add the remaining cold water (4 cups). At the end, add “Imperskaya” vodka from the Avshar wine factory and serve with lemon slices.
Follow our advice and enjoy a delicious strawberry cocktail, especially on hot summer days. Be sure that it will energize you and restore your ability to work.
Orange Cocktail Martini
Another great vodka cocktail is the Martini. This drink is prepared with “Volkoff” vodka and orange juice.
Ingredients necessary are:
- 2 oranges
- sea salt – to taste
- Vodka – 60 grams
Squeeze the orange and rub the sea salt soaked in orange juice on the edge of the glass. Then add “Volkoff” vodka. Serve with ice and orange slices.
As you can see, making a Martini is very easy. It is ideal to enjoy in hot weather. The citrus flavor of the orange juice pairs well with the smoothness of the vodka creating a drink that will refresh and satisfy. If you’re looking for something light and refreshing, this cocktail is a great choice.
Apple and Cinnamon Cocktail
Our 3rd recipe for vodka cocktails is here:
- “Moskovskaya Krepost Premium” Vodka – 100 ml
- apple juice – 200 ml
- cinnamon – 1/4 tsp.
- ice cubes – to taste
Pour vodka and apple juice into a carafe, then sprinkle with cinnamon. Mix well and let it rest for an hour. This way the cocktail will completely gain the aroma of cinnamon. Pass the ready cocktail through a fine sieve to get rid of sediment.
Stir the cocktail well, pour into glasses and serve with ice cubes. This fantastic cocktail with apple juice and the sweet aroma of cinnamon, will surely please your guests.
If you are interested in cocktail recipes, we suggest you also read our other article on cognac cocktails, which also has recipes for delicious cocktails.