Add Some Spirit to Your Winter!

Don’t let the winter chills stop you from putting a little spirit this season! Using a complex-character spirit like Moon Mountain Vodka with quality ingredients will liven up any winter cocktail party. Moon Mountain is crafted from fine organic grain and purified water to arrive at a high standard of vodka; giving this vodka a smooth finish and a unique taste. Yes, vodka with taste! I made the Copper Moon and Envy cocktails for Moon Mountain Vodka, which I hope you will enjoy at your next cocktail party!

Shake up some fun!  -Kathy


Copper Moon
Housemade Spiked Cherries make for a lively garnish for this spirit forward cocktail.
Makes 1 cocktail

2 oz Moon Mountain Vodka
1/2 oz sweet red vermouth
1/4 – 1/2 oz Amaretto
dash of bitters (optional)
Garnish: 3 Spiked Cherries (recipe follows) on a pick.

Measure the Moon Mountain Vodka, red vermouth and Amaretto into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Stir with a bar spoon until chilled.  Strain cocktail into a martini glass. Garnish with Spirited Cherries on a pick.

Spiked Cherries
Makes 1 cup

1/2 cup dried sweet pitted cherries
1/4 cup sweet red vermouth
1/4 cup Moon Mountain Vodka
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup hot water

Put cherries, vermouth, Moon Mountain Vodka, and sugar in a small bowl. Pour the hot water over the cherries and stir well. Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours before using. Store, covered and refrigerated, for up to 2 months.

Recipe Created for Moon Mountain Vodka by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen™

This is a great base recipe to get creative with. When in season try muddling in a few chunks of honeydew melon and add a 1/2 oz float of Reposado tequila.
Makes 1 cocktail

2 large sprigs fresh cilantro
1 1/2 oz Moon Mountain Vodka
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz agave nectar or 3/4 oz simple syrup
1 dash green Tabasco
Garnish: lime wedge and a small sprig of cilantro

Tear and drop the cilantro into a cocktail shaker. Measure in the Moon Mountain Vodka, lime juice, agave nectar and green Tabasco. Fill with ice. Cap and shake vigorously. Strain cocktail over fresh ice into a Collins glass or serve strained and up. Garnish with a lime wedge and cilantro.

Recipe Created for Moon Mountain Vodka by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen™

Posted by Kathy Casey on March 1st, 2011  |  Comments Off on Add Some Spirit to Your Winter! |  Posted in Cocktails, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Recent Posts

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