With October being right around the corner and with it, trips to apple orchards and pumpkin patches competing for time on our calendar, we definitely are feeling that fall is in the air. While we were looking at the calendars we noticed a day that we thought might be near and dear to our readers’ heart, National Vodka Day! We were kicking around some ideas for a cocktail we could make to celebrate National Vodka Day on October 4th, when we were approached by the folks at Smirnoff to try out their new product, Smirnoff Sourced Cranberry Apple Vodka. This post contains sponsored content brought to you by Smirnoff. We received free products to review, but all opinions presented here are 100% our own. For further information please see our Disclaimer page.
Naturally when faced with the prospect of getting some free vodka in the mail, we jumped at the chance to give Smirnoff Sourced Cranberry Apple Vodka a try and come up with a cocktail recipe that not only would help us celebrate National Vodka Day, but would also capture some of those great flavors that fall brings. With our bottle of Smirnoff Sourced Cranberry Apple Vodka on the way, we decided to fully embrace the bold flavor of cranberry and make a Cranberry Sweet and Sour. Featuring a cranberry sweet and sour mix, the Smirnoff Sourced Cranberry Apple Vodka, a dash of aromatic bitters and topped with a splash of soda water, the Cranberry Sweet and Sour is a crisp, refreshing cocktail perfect for sipping on a crisp fall day!
Smirnoff Sourced is Smirnoff’s new line of vodkas that are naturally flavored with real fruit juices to create a flavored vodka with more intense authentic flavors than your typical flavored vodkas. Smirnoff Sourced Vodkas are gluten free and use no high fructose corn syrup to sweeten the vodka, which makes Smirnoff Sourced a more mature vodka, not overly sweet, the flavors less candy like. When we got our bottle of Sourced Cranberry Apple, it was a deep red, the color of real cranberries, an aroma of tart cranberries and crisp apple that smelled like the fall fruits.
For the Cranberry Sweet and Sour, we wanted a fresh made cranberry sweet and sour mix. We started out making a syrup with fresh cranberries, sugar and water, a sweet syrup with a bold cranberry flavor. To bring a sour component to the sour mix, we used apple cider vinegar, the combination of sweet cranberry syrup and sour apple cider vinegar making a nice sweet and sour mix that played across the different areas of the palette.
Mixing in the fresh sweet and sour mix with the Smirnoff Sourced Cranberry and Apple Vodka really brought out the distinctive flavors of tart cranberry and crisp sweet apple of both the sweet and sour mix and the Smirnoff Sourced. A dash of aromatic bitters adds a layer of warm baking spices that really evoked the flavors of fall, reminiscent of a fresh fruit crisp. A splash of soda water adds a bit of bubbly fizz that helps bring out the aroma of the spices and fruits! Cheers!
- 2oz Smirnoff Sourced Cranberry Apple Vodka
- 4 oz Cranberry Sweet and Sour Mix
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1 oz soda water
- 2 cups fresh cranberries (can use frozen)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- Add ice to a rocks glass.
- Add Smirnoff Sourced Cranberry Apple Vodka, Sweet and sour mix and bitters into a glass.
- Stir to mix.
- Top with soda water.
- Add Cranberries, sugar and water to a sauce pan and bring to a boil
- Simmer the mixture until the cranberry pop and crack.
- Allow mixture to cool.
- Strain the liquid into a container and mix with apple cider vinegar.
- Store in a sealed refrigerated container for up to a week.
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