7 DECADENT COCKTAILS MADE BETTER WITH VANILLA

Wow your guests with decadent cocktails, adding your secret ingredient… a splash of deliciously fragrant vanilla liqueur. Remember, only quality vanilla liqueur or pure vanilla extract will do when paired with premier spirits.
If you can’t find vanilla liqueur or pure vanilla extract in the shops, no problem. It’s surprisingly easy to make your own.

Vanilla martini

  • 30 ml (1 oz) vodka
    30 ml (1 oz) vanilla liqueur
    Splash of lime juice (less than a teaspoon)
    Ice cubes
  • Add ice cubes into a cocktail shaker until two-thirds full.
    Add vodka, vanilla liqueur and lime juice. Shake well.
    Strain and pour into chilled martini glasses.
    Garnish with a lemon ring.

    Vanilla rum

  • 45 ml (1½ oz) Kahlúa (coffee liqueur)
    30 ml (1 oz) rum
    ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    70 ml (2½ oz) heavy cream
  • Fill a low-ball glass with ice. Pour the Kahlúa, rum and vanilla extract over the ice.
    Add a layer of cream the same way you would for a Kahlúa coffee. Do this by very slowly pouring the cream over the back of the spoon so it forms a layer and doesn’t mix with the Kahlúa and rum mixture.

    Vanilla & raspberry bellini

  • 1¼ cups (10 ounces) frozen raspberries, thawed
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    4 cups chilled prosecco (sparkling white wine from Italy)
    Mint leaves and fresh raspberries to garnish
  • Make a puree by placing the raspberries in a blender. This can be done a few days in advance and keep it in the fridge. Press the raspberry puree through a fine-mesh strainer to rid it of gritty seeds.
    Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla extract.
    Place 2 tablespoons of the raspberry puree into a champagne flute. Top up with prosecco.
    Garnish with mint and fresh raspberries.
    For a kid-friendly Bellini, replace prosecco with sparkling apple juice.
    If you don’t have prosecco, sparkling wine (champagne) will do.

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    Vanilla champagne

  • 1 demerara sugar cube, made from natural cane
    ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    Brut champagne (dry, sparkling wine)
  • Place the sugar cube in the champagne flute. Pour the vanilla extract over the cube and press down gently with a spoon to break it up. Top up glass with champagne. Garnish with a twist of lemon rind.

    Orange & vanilla highball

  • 25 ml (2 Tbs) vodka
    150 ml (5 oz) orange juice
    25 ml (2 Tbs) vanilla liqueur
    Ice cubes
  • Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add all the ingredients.
    Garnish with an orange slice.

    Vanilla & cranberry mimosa

  • 45 ml (1½ oz) vanilla vodka (pre-made and infused)
    45 ml (1½ oz) cranberry juice
    Sparkling wine
    Fresh cranberries and a vanilla bean to garnish
  • Add the vanilla vodka, cranberry juice and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake well.
    Strain while pouring into a champagne flute, using a coffee filter to get rid of cranberry sediment.
    Top up glass with sparkling wine.
    Garnish with fresh cranberries and a whole vanilla bean.
    To make a holiday punch, multiply the cranberry juice and vanilla vodka by 6 and used the entire bottle of sparkling wine.

    Hot chocolate & vanilla vodka toddy

    Makes 4 servings:

  • 1 cup whole milk
    1½ cups (12 oz) half&half whole milk and light cream
    1½ cups (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
    ¼ cup (2 oz) icing sugar
    8 Tbs (4 oz) vanilla vodka (pre-made and infused)
    Miniature marshmallows and chocolate syrup to garnish
  • Heat the whole milk in a saucepan over low to medium heat until warmed through but not boiling.
    In a separate saucepan, add half&half whole milk and cream and heat over medium heat. Do not scald or bring to the boil. Reduce to low heat and add chocolate chips. Whisk vigorously until smooth and fully incorporated.
    Add heated whole milk plus icing sugar to the half&half saucepan. Heat through but don’t scald or boil.
    Add vanilla vodka to each mug and top up with hot chocolate toddy.
    Garnish with miniature marshmallows and a splash of chocolate syrup.
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