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Raising spirits with Clique

Few holidays inspire such creative cocktails as Halloween.  It’s a time for mischief and fun, the more outrageous the better.  Sure you could throw some gummy worms into a red fruity martini and call it a night but where’s the fun in that?  Our friends at Clique Vodka sent some festive holiday suggestions from the deliciously twisted mind of Tara Shinn – Clique’s Directory of Mixology.  They’re surely to make your Halloween one to remember

 

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  • 1 1⁄2 oz Clique Vodka
  • 1 oz blueberry schnapps
  • 1⁄4 oz lychee juice Strawberry jam

Chill all ingredients in a cocktail tin and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. To garnish- add a bit of strawberry jam and a drop of grenadine to the inside of the lychee, and squish in a blueberry. Spear the whole thing and balance on the rim.

 

… and if you want to take it further, there’s infusions

Infusion is the means of extracting the flavor of an ingredient (fruit, botanicals, etc.) by soaking it a liquid ( *ahem* Clique ) over a period of time … also known as steeping

Pumpkin Infused Clique Vodka

Take a sugar pumpkin (the kind used for making pies) cut down the middle and clean thoroughly making sure to remove the stem, seeds, and the gooey stuff in the middle.

Sprinkle with a cup of brown sugar and a large pinch of pumpkin pie spice.  You can find pumpkin pie spice in any supermarket but in the off chance you can’t get our hands on it, it’s simply a mix of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and nutmeg.

Cook the pumpkin halves in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes then let cool.

Cube the flesh and put into a large sealable jar with a split open vanilla bean (the seeds inside are where the flavor’s at) and fill the rest of the container with Clique vodka.

Let it sit for a week (give or take a day) or until the infusion smells very fragrant and has turned a deep amber color, then strain (using a cheese cloth and a funnel) into a clean bottle .

Once you have your pumpkin infused Clique, you can any number of seasonal cocktails including the Hickory Trickery…

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“Hickory Trickery”

  • 1 1/4 oz pumpkin infused Clique Vodka
  • hickory smoke
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part hot water)
  • 2 oz fresh orange juice

Add 1 1/4 oz pumpkin infused Clique Vodka to an empty bottle and fill with hickory smoke using a smoking gun.

Smoking guns are a cool little device for infusing a smoky flavor into foods and drinks.  You can find them online and they generally go around $50 an up.

Shake the bottle a few times to let the vodka absorb the hickory smoke flavor ,

Pour the smoked pumpkin vodka into a short glass with ice,  add the simple syrup and orange juice.  Stir, sip, and enjoy.

 

These recipes and many more can be found at http://www.cliquevodka.com/mix-book/

Happy Halloween!

 

 

Xan

Xan

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