Bottoms Up — October 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Happy National Vodka Day! Plus Giveaway!

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happy-national-vodka-day National Vodka Day is upon us this coming October 4th and if you are having trouble deciding how to celebrate this day then I have a few options for you. From recipes and giveaways to the best restaurants to celebrate at, this is your guide to celebrating vodka in all of its glory.

Where to Celebrate
If you are looking to celebrate with a group of friends, the best places to celebrate are at Calle Dão and the W New York Downtown. Great vodka cocktails and good food to celebrate the day…how can it get any better?

Calle Dão is a Cuban Chinese fusion restaurant that is offering three special vodka cocktails, all priced at $14 each, that represent the migration of Chinese immigrants to Cuba. The 1847 cocktail represents the year the first Chinese workers were brought to Cuba by ship and the drink consists of orange-infused vodka, amaretto, sesame oil, lime and ginger, garnished with star anise. The Hai Chi cocktail is named after that same ship that first carried the Chinese workers; this cocktail consists of Hang 1 Mandarin Blossom Vodka, plum sake, Patron Citronge, lemongrass and pomegranate. Lastly, the Beny Moré cocktail is named after the popular Cuban singer of the same name and is made up of ginger-infused vodka, Patron Citronge and wild hibiscus flowers and lemon.

W New York- Downtown is also joining in on the fun by having their mixologist Eben Klemm create a special vodka cocktail to kick off the celebration. The Great Harbor cocktail has just three key ingredients: orange vodka, tropical guava (yum!) and Aperol. Easy, simple and by the sounds of it, delicious!

Recipes
So if you are more of a homebody and want to celebrate from the comfort of your home, some of the best vodka brands out there have easy and tasty recipes that you can try out yourself and are also debuting new products just in time for this special day!

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Smirnoff
: Smirnoff has completely changed the game by introducing Smirnoff Sours in Green Apple, Watermelon, and Fruit Punch. The tart taste is something that is unique and fresh. The bottles are very eye-catching with vibrant neon colors chosen for the bottles, so it’ll be really hard for you to miss it in stores. The retail price for a 750ml bottle is $15.99, which sounds about right for a product such as Smirnoff. Make sure to buy some of these flavors to not only celebrate the launch of the line itself but also to celebrate National Vodka Day.

Thank you Pinnacle! Pinnacle’s signature recipes are the perfect way to celebrate National Vodka Day and the best part is that they are really easy to make.

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Pinnacle High Roller
2 parts Pinnacle Original Vodka
splash of olive juice
spritz of Vermouth

Shake then serve.

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Pinnacle Handsome Ginger
1 part Pinnacle Original Vodka
2 parts Ginger Beer
splash of Lime Juice

Mix in a glass with ice and top it off with fresh mint.

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Pinnacle Red Greyhound
2 parts Pinnacle Original Vodka
1 part DeKuyper Triple Sec Liquer
2 parts Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

Shake with ice and pour into a highball glass. Garnish with an orange slice or cherry.

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If you are going for convenience on National Vodka Day then VO|CO is the drink for you. VO|CO is the first Coconut water and vodka beverage that is ready to drink. The key ingredient for this drink is the Indonesian Coconut water that they mix with distilled vodka. Tasty and refreshing!

Sharp Back Not only does Ultimat Vodka have a special recipe to celebrate National Vodka Day, but special vodka tasting glasses were created by Riedel especially for the famous brand. The two collaborated to create the first ever vodka tasting glass, which allows experts and mixologists to further taste the unique balance of the wheat, rye and potato used to create Ultimat Vodka. These custom glasses have never before been available to the general public, so in honor of this boozy holiday, we will be giving FIVE very lucky readers a chance to wina set of the Ultimat Vodka tasting glass by Riedel. Enter now below: a Rafflecopter giveaway.

Ultimat is a Polish vodka whose key resources (wheat, rye and potatoes) make it a vodka unlike any other out there. Ultimat retails for $40 for a 750 ml bottle. Ultimat is actually sharing a very intricate and unique drink for this year’s National Vodka Day that I myself am very interested in trying. Vodka and Bacon? Yes Please.
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The Ultimat B&V (Bacon & Vodka) (Courtesy of Igor Zukowiec)
1 ½ oz. Ultimat Vodka
2 oz. Beets & Bacon essence*
¼ oz. full-bodied red wine such as Malbec
2 bar spoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 bar spoon balsamic vinegar
5 black peppercorns Whole Allspice
5 fresh basil leaves (+5 for a garnish)

In a mixing cup muddle peppercorns and Allspice. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain into highball glass filled with ice and basil leaves. *Beets and Bacon Essence: Slowly boil 1 lb. of peeled & sliced red beets and ½ lb. of sliced naturally smoked bacon in 4 pt. of water until water evaporates to 1 ½ – 2 pt. and the beets are soft. Remove & muddle beets. Mix with the essence again. Strain through a fine strainer. Makes 12-16 cocktails.

Now let’s go out there and celebrate this day as it should be celebrated; by indulging in these amazing drinks and celebrating the fact that there actually is a National Vodka Day!

Twisted Talk: How will you be celebrating National Vodka Day? Do any of the above recipes appeal to you? Discuss below!

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