Once you’ve made some tasty vodka cocktails, up your game this International Vodka Day with our other ideas for this incredibly versatile spirit
Thursday 4th October 2018 is International Vodka Day, and we know you’ll be whipping up a storm with some amazing vodka cocktails, because this is the most versatile spirit there is, capable of making everything from a creamy Flat White Russian to a Mermaid Lemonade, a French Martini with a Twist and an Ultimate Bloody Mary.
But at Liquorland Toast we like our spirits in many forms, so here are some great ideas for other ways to use your vodka…
Marinating and preserving fruit with spirits makes for a great dessert option. Take a decent bowl of fruit, add plenty of white sugar, spices like cinnamon and ginger, top with vodka (flavoured vodkas also work well here, try 42Below Honey, Smirnoff Apple and Absolut Vanilla), and leave to marinate overnight.
SUGAR SYRUP SAVER
Sugar syrup is one of those essential cocktail making staples, but who has time to stand over a stove all the time making it? Adding a splash of vodka to your sugar syrup before placing it in a screw-top jar will help it to last for longer, a few months in the fridge.
VODKA PASTA SAUCE
Yes, you heard right. Add a few tablespoons of vodka to your next tomato pasta sauce to intensify the aromas and flavours of the sauce and add some nice herbal and peppery notes.
Make an easy but luscious dessert by blending vodka with frozen berries, water, sugar and lemon juice for a Vodka Berry Granita that’s the perfect refresher in spring and summer.
LET IT SOAK
Create your own infused vodkas by simply adding a few ingredients to a bottle of vodka and leaving it to sit for a week or so to absorb the new flavours. From berries to herbs, spices to fruit, the combination of flavours is up to you. We’re fans of this Raspberry, Basil and Black Peppercorn Vodka Infusion (pictured), which can be sipped on its own, mixed with lime juice or added to cocktails.