Vodka Recipes

The Awapuhi – Pau Hana Friday Cocktail

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Here’s our regular Friday cocktail from our friends at Hawaiirama as part of their regular Hawaii cocktail coverage.

Awapuhi is the Hawaiian word for a native ginger plant and this cocktail definitely has a nice, spicy ginger kick. The taste is fresh, complex and slightly sweet with a mild ginger heat. The Awapuhi is a signature cocktail at the The Red Bar, the boite located at noted Chef Bev Gannon’s Wailea joint, A Pacific View … Read more

Pineapple Cilantro H2O

post iconA hydrating, low-calorie pineapple-cilantro cocktail made with infused water and vodka …Read More

The Kilauea – Pau Hana Friday Cocktail

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Here’s our regular Friday tropical cocktail from Hawaii from our friends at Hawaiirama.

It’s a pretty neat trick to bring a volcano to your bar. But no, a pink-and-white lava flow cocktail is definitely not evocative of a volcano. Ask anyone who has walked next to the glowing molten rock. So Allan Labayo, bartender at the posh Grand Wailea Resort in Wailea, Maui decided to right this wrong by making a volcanic cocktail with a … Read more

Pau Hana Cocktails for the Tin Man Triathlete

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Friday means end of work week and time to kickback. We’re continuing with our drink menus from Tim Rita, mixologist extraordinaire at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki. Here’s a flight of three drinks he created in honor of the Tin Man Triathlon, a lightweight race that is a tongue-in-cheek node to the more prominent Iron Man on the Big Island.  (FYI, this post is from our friends at the Hawaii travel zine Hawaiirama – part … Read more

The Patriot

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Ingredients:
3 oz Russian Standard Vodka 
0.5 oz fresh lime juice 
0.5 oz agave nectar 
6 cherry tomatoes 
8 basil leaves 
Kosher salt 
Cracked black pepper

Directions:
Muddle cherry tomatoes and basil with a dash each of salt and pepper.  Add lime agave and Russian Standard Vodka.  Shake vigorously with ice cubes and double strain into a coupe glass rubbed with lime and rimmed with equal parts salt and black pepper.  Garnish with a basil … Read more

Ginger Man

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Ingredients:
1 ½ parts Effen Vodka
¾ parts lime juice
¾ parts fresh ginger syrup
1 dash bitters
Fever-Tree Ginger Beer
5 Mint leaves

Directions:
Muddle mint in lime and syrup, add to a cocktail shaker with the vodka over ice and shake. Strain and pour into a tall glass with ice and ginger beer. Garnish with mint sprig.

Created by David Nepove. Courtesy of Effen Vodka.… Read more

The Happy Dad

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Here’s one from the archives.

What to get dear old dad for Father’s Day? Another tie, some after shave, a bottle of scotch? Forget that, we say mix pops up a fancy cocktail. He’ll be impressed with your bar skills as you shake him up this tangy mixture of vodka, Cointreau and Campari.

After two, you’ll certainly have a happy dad!

Ingredients:
1 ½ oz Oval Vodka
¾ oz Cointreau
1 oz Campari
Orange twist … Read more

Gabrielle’s X-Rated Kiss

Such a luxurious, simple drink, for such a high-maintenance housewife with high- society standards. A one time model, Gabrielle Solis wasn’t satisfied with one man, so she added the yard boy to her roster of lovers. But unlike Mrs. Solis, you’ll be a bit more faithful to this cocktail, though we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to have just one.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz X- Rated Fusion Liqueur
1.5 oz Skyy Vodka
Drizzle of raspberry … Read more

The Legendary Lady

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Ingredients:
1 ½ oz Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Infused Vodka
3 oz iced tea
3 to 4 lemon wedges for garnish

Directions:
Combine Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Infused Vodka and iced tea in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a highball glass over ice. Garnish with lemon wedges.

Courtesy of Godiva Chocolate Liqueur.… Read more

White Tie and Tiara

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Ingredients: 
1 ½ parts Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka
1 part lychee juice
1 part white grapefruit juice
½ part fresh lime juice
¼ part jasmine syrup

Directions: 
In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with plenty of cubed ice. Shake vigorously until shaker beads with sweat. Finish with a squeeze of grapefruit rind to release essential oils. Spray the inside of a martini glass with rose water, then strain and pour the cocktail and … Read more