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The Day After Thanksgiving Is Technically Christmas, Right?

Cocktails / November 17, 2017 / No Comments.

Vodka brand Smirnoff, infamously known for their brand rep of flavors, has taken the driver’s seat in embracing 2017’s holiday season and we are happily handing over the wheel.

From Smirnoff’s limited time offerings of seasonal flavors like Peppermint Twist and Kissed Caramel, they couldn’t have made finding the right vodka to create the perfect holiday cocktail any easier.

So, if you’re already breaking out the tinsel and the twinkly lights, check out some of these delicious festive recipes, and if you aren’t in the spirit just yet, there recipes are sure to get you there.

Winter WhispererWinter Whisperer

– 1.5 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
– 0.75 oz. pomegranate syrup
– 0.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
– 8 mint leaves
– 2 oz. club soda

The Original Mule 2The Original Mule

– 1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
– Fresh lime juice
– 3 oz. ginger beer

Smirnoff Gingerbread MartiniGingerbread Martini

– 3 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
– 3 oz. Irish cream
– 1 tbsp gingerbread syrup (or to taste)
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 2 oz. cream
– Whipped cream and crushed gingerbread cookies for garnish


– 1 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
– 0.5 oz. Amontillado Sherry
– 1 oz. organic pear juice
– 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
– 1 oz. orgeat syrup

Smirnoff Peppermint Chocolate Martini 2Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Courtesy of Kendra Darr from Simply Darrling
    – 4 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka
– 2 oz. crème de cacao
– 1 oz. chocolate liquor
– 2 oz. cream chocolate sauce and crushed peppermint for garnish

Get your Christmas on and enjoy these cocktails!

SMIRNOFF Holiday Cocktails

Cocktails / December 14, 2016 / No Comments.

Tis the season for holiday cocktails! Between dealing with the crowds at the mall and attending holiday party after holiday party, this time of year can be stressful on your mind and wallet. What better way to unwind with (21+) friends and family than with a delicious Smirnoff cocktail?

Smirnoff No. 21 and Smirnoff Peppermint Twist are both delicious, budget-friendly ingredients for festive cocktails at any holiday gathering this season (suggest retail price of $15.99 for each 750mL bottle). Tasty cocktails that don’t break the bank? Christmas came early this year!

No matter what festive flavor you’re craving, these recipes will do the trick.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate (Courtesy of Kendra Darr, 
Simply Darrling

  • 2 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka
  • 8 oz. Hot Chocolate
  • 3-4 Peppermint marshmallows

Chocolate Peppermint Martini (courtesy of Kendra Darr, Simply Darrling)screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-10-51-06-am

  • 4 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka
  • 2 oz. crème de cacao
  • 1 oz. chocolate liquor
  • 2 oz. cream chocolate sauce & crushed preprint for garnish

Gingerbread Martini (courtesy of Kendra Darr, Simply Darrling)

  • 3 oz. Smirnoff Vodka
  • 3 oz. Irish cream
  • 2 tbsp. gingerbread syrup (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 oz. whipped cream and & crushed gingerbread cookies for garnish

The Peppermint Knitted Nog

  • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
  • 3 oz. Eggnog
  • Crushed peppermint candy & whipped cream for garnish

Cranberry Holiday Punch (courtesy of Kendra Darr, Simply Darrling)

  • 32 oz. (1/2 container) cranberry-raspberry juice
  • 32 oz. (1/2 container) pineapple juice
  • 2 liter cranberry lemon-lime pop
  • 750 mL bottle Smirnoff Vodka
  • Sliced lemons, limes & frozen cranberries for garnish

Cocktail Corner: Peppermint Eggnog

Cocktail Corner / December 24, 2015 / No Comments.

ma101722eggnog_winter05_peppermint_eggnog_vertIt’s hard to think of a drink that’s more festive than eggnog. With some nutmeg sprinkled on top, you’re pretty much guaranteed a one-way ticket to a gluttonous winter wonderland. And who wouldn’t want that? So, for Christmas Eve, cozy up by the fire with a glass of this frothy goodness, and make it extra special by adding some booze to it. Cause that’s just how we role.

Peppermint Eggnog Cocktail: (5 servings)

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons more sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 12 peppermint candy canes, broken into pieces
  • 3 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Peppermint sticks, for garnish
  1. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Whisk together eggs, egg yolks, sugar, salt, and the extracts in large saucepan over medium-low heat until combined. Pour in milk in a slow, steady stream, whisking until fully incorporated. Raise heat to medium. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer and is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 30 to 35 minutes.

  2. Pour milk mixture through a fine sieve into a medium bowl. Set bowl in ice-water bath; let mixture cool completely. Transfer custard to an airtight container, and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to overnight.

  3. Process candy canes in a food processor until finely crushed. Sift in a strainer to discard dust. Transfer to a shallow dish.

  4. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Let cool 5 minutes. Dip rim of each cup into melted chocolate, then crushed peppermint. Refrigerate until set, about 5 minutes.

  5. Remove custard from refrigerator; set aside. Put cream into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; mix on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into cold custard until combined. Fill cups with eggnog. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint, and garnish with peppermint sticks; serve.

Recipe and image from Martha Stewart.

Partying with Peppermint Patties

Cocktails / February 11, 2015 / No Comments.

peppermint-pattyToday, we celebrate all things chocolate and peppermint because (drum roll please), it’s officially National Peppermint Patty Day! But seriously, besides chocolate and peanut butter (or caramel or marshmallow), what other combination contains a minty freshness so fine that it makes its chocolate counterpart that much sweeter? We know that while some are simply nostalgic for the beloved Charlie Brown character, others are such big fans of this spherical, minty treat that they’d appreciate sipping it in cocktail form. So hold on to your hats—these peppermint patty drinks will get you plastered.

Peppermint Patty Shooter (1 serving)

  • ½ Peppermint Shnapps
  • ½ oz. Dark Crème de Cacao
  • 1 oz. half and half
  • 1 cup crushed ice

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker (filled 2/3 of the way), add all ingredients and shake well. Strain and pour liquid into a shot glass and CHUG.

Adult Hot Chocolate (1 serving)

  • 1 cup of milk
  • ¼ cup hot chocolate mix
  • 1/8 cup peppermint schnapps (more as needed)
  • whipped cream
  • sprinkles (optional)

In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk until steamy, about 5 minutes. Once milk starts to steam, whisk in hot chocolate mix. Cook for 2-3 more minutes or until hot chocolate is at desired temperature. Remove from heat and add peppermint schnapps to taste. Ladle mixture into a glass; top with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Peppermint Patty Martini (1 serving)

  • 1.5 oz. chocolate vodka
  • ½ oz. Crème de menthe
  • ½ oz. chocolate liqueur
  • ½ oz. cream
  • 1 Peppermint Patty (optional)

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Mix vigorously and then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a Peppermint Patty.

And if you aren’t into sipping on a sweet cocktail, try these Kahlua Peppermint Patties on for size…