Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Vanilla Vodka

Most people stock some version of the basics in their home bar: vodka, gin, tequila, rum, bourbon and scotch. Who wants to buy some obscure liquor used in a random cocktail recipe found in some newspaper column or online, only to use the liquor once and then have the bottle sit on the shelf getting dusty? Felicia knows you like to spend your money wisely. So if you are going to buy one bottle of liquor this month, you should buy Stolichnaya Vanil vodka. Of all the flavored vanilla vodkas on the market, this one is least likely to taste like you bought it at Yankee Candle Company.

Stoli Vanil is versatile. It is light and pleasantly reminiscent of vanilla extract. For a tart, refreshing cocktail that tastes like key lime pie, mix it with sweetened lime juice and lemon-lime soda. For a special treat, you can substitute Stoli Vanil for regular vodka in your white Russian. For a rich dessert-in-a-glass drink, add it to chocolate milk or hot chocolate. Drink it with club soda with a twist of lime if you are watching calories. And for those of you who do not keep much in your house besides junk food and soda pop, Stoli Vanil tastes great with coca-cola.

The recipe below tastes surprisingly like cream soda. No fancy ingredients required; all you have to do is run to the nearest convenience store for some ginger ale if you do not already have some in your fridge. Make a single drink for yourself, or make a giant amount in a big glass bowl with some orange sherbet floating in it and you have got yourself a tasty party punch for a pile of friends.

Grownup Cream Soda

1 ½ ounce Stoli Vanil
ginger ale

Fill rocks glass with ice. Add Stoli Vanil. Top with ginger ale and garnish with cherry.

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