Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Libations with the Perfect Seasonal Twist!

That special time of the year is approaching when we gather with loved ones to celebrate what we’re thankful for, eat delicious food, and toast to the start of the holiday season!   When planning the indulgent spread, don’t forget to include a signature cocktail or two to compliment your seasonal fare. SMIRNOFF has two new confection flavors, SMIRNOFF Wild Honey Flavored Vodka and SMIRNOFF Cinna-Sugar Twist Flavored Vodka that are perfect additions to Thanksgiving libations.

Alongside these delicious cocktails, don’t forget to have a staple red and white wine on hand so you don’t leave any of your guests out.  Sterling Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir and Aromatic White pair great with appetizers at any Thanksgiving gathering.  Below, please find two delicious and easy-to-make SMIRNOFF cocktail recipes and wine pairing info that are sure to become a part of your Thanksgiving traditions!
SMIRNOFF Honey Nut Cake
1 oz. SMIRNOFF Wild Honey Flavored Vodka
0.5 oz. Hazelnut Liqueur
0.5 oz. Creme de cacao
1 oz. Cream
Glassware: Martini Glass
Preparation: Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish: Grated nutmeg

SMIRNOFF Cinna-Sugar Twist Cheeky Churro
1 oz. SMIRNOFF Cinna-Sugar Twist Flavored Vodka
0.5 oz. orange liqueur
0.5 oz. Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur with a Hint of Vanilla Cinnamon Flavor
0.5 oz. light cream
Glassware: Coupe glass
Garnish: Grated cinnamon
Preparation: Shake and serve
Sterling Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir
The bright acidity and gentle tannins of this fine Pinot can take guests from appetizers right into the main meal, pairing with a cornucopia of dishes on the Thanksgiving table. 

Sterling Vintners Collection Aromatic White
The explosion of intense fruit and floral aromas in this wine stand up well to the equally intense flavors to appetizers containing ingredients such as blue cheese and sweet apricot.  This wine offers a refreshing sip as a counterpoint to the creaminess of the cheese and the soft chew of dried apricots.

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