Have Your Vodka and Eat it Too!

Purus Vodka is our favorite vodka for sipping, mixing, and as you’ve seen, infusing. But it’s also our favorite vodka to use in the kitchen to create unique vodka-infused dishes from appetizers to dessert! We thought we’d share a few of our favorite recipes that will let you have your Purus Vodka, and eat it too!

A perfect way to kick-off any party!

Citrus Marinated Shrimp Cocktail
1 cup orange juice
1 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup ketchup
1/3 cup PURUS Organic Wheat Vodka
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 pounds cooked/peeled large shrimp
1 small red onion, thinly sliced (about 1 3/4 cups)
1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:
Combine juices, ketchup, vodka and hot pepper sauce in large bowl. Whisk in oil. Add shrimp, onion and cilantro and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours and up to 6 hours. Drain before serving.

Spiked Watermelon Salad
1 8-pound watermelon, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 16 cups)
1 cup fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup PURUS Organic Wheat Vodka
6 tablespoons crème de cassis
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

Place watermelon in large bowl. Whisk fresh lemon juice and sugar in medium bowl until sugar dissolves. Whisk in vodka and crème de cassis. Season mixture to taste with salt. Pour mixture over watermelon. Cover and chill at least 1 hour and up to 2 hours. Sprinkle with chopped fresh mint and serve.

Sabayon at its Purus with Peppered Strawberries
PEPPERED STRAWBERRIES
1 pint of strawberries
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 tablespoon of fresh black pepper
6-7 mint leaves (chopped)
Splash of PURUS Organic Vodka
Remove tops of washed strawberries and cut into quarters, toss with sugar, pepper, and chopped mint (reserved a small amount for garnish). Mix in bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hrs.





SABAYON AT ITS PURUS
4 large egg yolks
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of PURUS Organic Vodka

Whisk yolks and sugar together in large metal bowl. Over small pot of boiling water, continue to whisk yolk/sugar in bowl, slowly add vodka. Continue to whisk over double boiler until mixture sets-up to a loose custard. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

To finish, toss strawberries with splash of Purus Vodka, spoon onto small plate. Spoon the vodka sabayon over strawberries, garnish with mint leaves.

Do you have creative ways to ‘eat’ vodka? Share them with us! We’ll share them with our fans and followers!

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Sweet, sweet nectar…

Fruit nectars are a great way to infuse your Purus Vodka cocktails with intense, fresh fruit flavor. The variety makes your nectar-based cocktail creations endless and we’re sharing some of our favorites.

Italian Summer

Ingredients:
1 oz. Strawberry Nectar*
1/2 oz. Creme de Cassis
2/3 oz. PURUS Vodka
Cinzano Asti

How to make it:
Mix the strawberries and Creme de Cassis together in a glass. Add ice and PURUS Vodka. Stir and pour into a large glass. Pour over Cinzano Asti Garnish with a sprig of mint and fresh strawberries.
*If you can’t find strawberry nectar, strained strawberry puree will work just fine!

Cocktails for your ‘Cue

It’s a no brainer that beer is the beverage of choice for your backyard barbecue; and we, too, have our favorites. But why not change it up and make vodka cocktails, your “go to” for the barbecue season? With Memorial Day coming up, we think it’s the perfect time to fire up the grill, get out your cocktail shaker, and take your barbecue beverages to the next level.

Have one while you wait…

Cocktail #1: The Slow & Low
BBQ Style: This cocktail goes best with the spicy, smoky, warming flavors of the slow & low – style of barbecue.

1 oz. PURUS Organic Wheat Vodka
1/2 oz. Orange Liqueur
1 oz. Light Rum
1/2 oz. Cherry Heering
1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Orange peel, garnish

How to make it:
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and serve with a platter of barbecue cooked slow and low!

Cocktail #2: Wet Whistle
BBQ Style: Complements the dry rub style of barbecue, with it’s intense flavors of chile powder, black pepper, and brown sugar. Dry rub, wet whistle.

1 1/2 oz. PURUS Organic Wheat Vodka
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. superfine sugar
4 oz. tonic water

How to make it:
Combine PURUS Vodka, lemon juice and sugar in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, and strain into a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes. Top with tonic water, and serve.

Whether you sauce up your BBQ with Gates or KC Masterpiece, this Kansas City Sweetheart is the perfect complement.

Cocktail #3: Kansas City Sweetheart
BBQ Style:
The barbecue of the Midwest is known for its sauce, the most popular of which is the Kansas City-style. Thick and sweet, Kansas City-style barbecue begs for a cocktail that can hold its own.

2 oz. PURUS Organic Wheat Vodka
1 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
1 Lime
1 dash Bitters
Club Soda

How to make it: Combine PURUS Vodka, elderflower liqueur, lime juice and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake all ingredients and strain into a highball glass. Top with club soda.

What cocktails will you be pairing with your barbecue this season? We want to create a photogallery of summery vodka drinks and cocktails that includes your creations too! Feel free to post them here, or send them to us in an email with your name/location, drink/cocktail name, ingredients and how to make it. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Cheers to Mom!

Mom was there for the good, the bad, and the ugly – in our book, that deserves a beautifully prepared drink, made with what else? Purus Vodka!

Brunch seems to be the daypart of choice for Mother’s Day, and so we’ve put together a few cocktails that are perfect for brunch and will have mom, well, happy. And that’s what you want, right? So tell mom to sit back, kick up her feet, and enjoy Mother’s Day at its Purus!

The Blushing Lady
recipe courtesy of PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
Ingredients:
2 oz. Purus Organic Wheat Vodka
1 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 oz. pink grapefruit juice
Lemon wedge
Sanding sugar for rimming

Preparation:
Rub the lemon wedge around the rim of a martini glass and dip the glass into a plate of sanding sugar. Set it aside. Pour the remaining ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the garnish martini glass.

Lavender screams springtime and is the perfect accoutrement to not just your Mother’s Day Brunch decor, but the cocktails you serve, as well. Aromatic and floral, it’s a drink your mom will love!

Photo courtesy: SmithCollins.com

Lavender Love
recipe adapted from smithcollins.com

Ingredients:
Handful of fresh lavender buds
2 oz. Purus Organic Wheat Vodka
1 oz. Simple syrup*
1/2 oz. Creme de Violette
3/4 oz. Lemon juice
Club soda

Preparation:
Chop up a handful of lavender blossoms and place in a shaker glass. Add the Purus Vodka, simple syrup, Creme de Violette and lemon juice. Muddle the lavender blooms with the liquid ingredients. Shake all ingredients and strain into a Collins glass. Top it off with club soda and garnish with fresh lavender blossoms.
* To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.

If a Mother’s Day Tea is in your plans, we’ve got you covered! Try our take on high-tea with a tea-infused Purus Vodka martini.

High Tea-tini

Ingredients:
1 inch thinly sliced English Cucumber
1 ¾ oz. black tea infused Purus Vodka
3/4 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 oz. Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
2 ½ oz. Sence Rose Nectar
1/4 oz. Organic Agave Syrup

Preparation:

In a mixing glass, muddle the cucumber. Add the remaining ingredients and shake well with ice to chill. Strain over ice into a highball glass.Use a thin slice of English cucumber to give it a stir, then leave it in as a fresh garnish.

Will you be trying one of these Mother’s Day creations for your celebration? Or, will you create your own Purus Vodka libation? Either way, let us know about it!

Drinks for Cinco

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner (May 5, 2012)! And when you think Cinco celebrations, the last thing you probably think about is vodka. Well, we hope you’re open to a little change. Don’t worry! We’re not going to muck up the beloved tequila -based margarita, after all some things should stay just as they are.

What we hope to do is introduce you to Cinco de Mayo-inspired drinks and cocktails…sans tequila. These recipes are simply, a new (delicious!) way to celebrate.

La PalomaThe Paloma
Ingredients:
2 oz. Purus Organic Wheat Vodka
6 oz. fresh grapefruit soda
1/2 oz lime juice
salt for rimming (optional)

How to prepare:
Rim a collins glass with salt. Fill the glass with ice and add the Purus Vodka and lime juice. Top it off with grapefruit soda.

Sweet Fire MartiniSweet Fire Martini

Ingredients:
2 oz. Pepper-infused Purus Vodka
3/4 oz. Agave Nectar
3/4 oz. Lime Juice
Candied jalapeno slices

How to prepare:
Add the pepper-infused Purus Vodka, agave nectar and lime juice to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with candied jalapeno slices.

Mango-Mint Cooler

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Purus Organic Wheat Vodka
2 oz. mango nectar
6 oz. Club soda
Few sprigs of mint
Toasted chile powder, garnish

How to prepare:
Add the mango nectar and mint to a mixing glass and muddle. Add the Purus Vodka and stir to mix. Pour the mixture into a collins glass filled with ice. Top with Club soda. Garnish with sprig of mint.