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Rob’s Tahoe Blue Vodka Holiday Recipes 2018


It’s also fun to make some candied mint leaves, looking snow covered, to float atop as well

PEPPERMINT MOSCOW MULE

Most people buy some crappy peppermint infused Vodka to make this because they’re lazy. Let’s not skimp on quality here, shall we? This is a mule with a peppermint hint to it, garnished festively for the holidays

2 Ounces Tahoe Blue Vodka
1 ounce Rumpleminz (peppermint schnapps)
6 ounces Ginger Beer (recommend Cock & Bull or Smirnoff)
Juice of half of one fresh lime (about 1/8 cup)

Mini candy canes for rim and garnish
Fresh mint leaves, candied as described
Granulated sugar

MAKES ONE COCKTAIL

TO MAKE CANDIED MINT LEAVES:

  • Gently dip each leaf into water and then cover with sugar. Place on wax paper and allow the leaves to completely dry (5-6 hours at room temperature). Mint can be stored for 24-48 hours in an air tight container at room temperature

TO MAKE MULE:

  • Crush 5 candy canes into powder in a shallow bowl
  • Moisten the rim of your copper mule mug with lime juice
  • Invert mug onto the crushed candy canes to create a peppermint rim
  • Fill mug with ice and add lime juice
  • Add Tahoe Blue Vodka and Rumpleminz
  • Fill with Ginger beer. Gently stir
  • Float a few mint leaves atop and hang a couple candy canes from the rim, and serve

PEPPERMINT POMEGRANATE MOSCOW MULE

This time, we add in some pomegranate arils floating atop to add to the festivity

The Pomegranate cuts the mint nicely and makes for a festive garnish as well

2 Ounces Tahoe Blue Vodka
1 ounce Rumpleminz (peppermint schnapps)
4 ounces Ginger Beer (recommend Cock & Bull or Smirnoff)
2 ounces pomegranate juice
Juice of half of one fresh lime (about 1/8 cup) 

Mini candy canes for rim and garnish
Fresh mint leaves, candied as described
Granulated sugar
Fresh pomegranate arils

MAKES ONE COCKTAIL

TO MAKE CANDIED MINT LEAVES:

  • Gently dip each leaf into water and then cover with sugar. Place on wax paper and allow the leaves to completely dry (5-6 hours at room temperature). Mint can be stored for 24-48 hours in an air tight container at room temperature

TO MAKE MULE:

  • Crush 5 candy canes into powder in a shallow bowl
  • Moisten the rim of your copper mule mug with lime juice
  • Invert mug onto the crushed candy canes to create a peppermint rim
  • Fill mug with ice and add lime juice
  • Add Tahoe Blue Vodka and Rumpleminz
  • Fill with Ginger beer and pomegranate juice. Gently stir
  • Float a handful of pomegranate arils on top, and then a few mint leaves atop, and hang a couple candy canes from the rim, and serve

SANTA CLAUSMOPOLITAN

It’s basically a twist on the traditional cosmopolitan with a festive presentation

This is nothing more than a “kicked up,” version of the traditional Cosmopolitan, making it more festive

2 ounces Tahoe Blue vodka
Ice Cubes
2 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce Triple Sec
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
Shaker
A martini glass 

Sanding Sugar for rim
Fresh cranberries for garnish
Fresh rosemary sprig

MAKES ONE COCKTAIL

  • Fill the shaker with ice and add Tahoe Blue Vodka, cranberry juice, Triple Sec, and fresh lime juice.
  • Moisten the rim of the martini glass and press it, upside down into a shallow plate filled with sugar.
  • Shake and filter Cosmo, sans ice, into a martini glass
  • Pierce three cranberries on two different toothpicks and float on top, and place a rosemary sprig of appropriate size in the glass and serve

THE RUDOLPH

This is a dangerously good, refreshing drink similar to a Shirley Temple, so some festive toothpicks with Maraschino Cherries top it off…Enjoy!

It’s red like his nose…get it? 

2 ounces Tahoe Blue Vodka
6 ounces lemon lime soda
2 ounces sparkling water
½ ounce Grenadine
½ ounce Maraschino cherry juice
Pint glass for serving (Or any glass that will hold 16 ounces with ice…I like using a comically large Christmas wine glass because…joy).
1 sprig fresh rosemary
Maraschino cherries for garnish

MAKES ONE COCKTAIL

  • Fill the bottom of the glass with 2 ounces vodka
  • add ice to top of glass
  • Fill remainder of glass with Grenadine, lemon lime soda, and sparkling water
  • stir
  • pierce one Maraschino cherry on the tip of a fresh rosemary sprig and insert in glass as a garnish
  • Add additional cherries on festive toothpicks as desired

Rob’s Tahoe Blue Vodka Recipes For St. Patrick’s Day!

Saint Patrick’s Day is rarely thought of as a ”vodka holiday.” This is a shame, since Tahoe Blue vodka goes with any holiday…or day, for that matter. So, here a few St. Patty’s-Day-themed cocktails I came up with. Yes, two of them are green and one of them is gold. If you don’t care about the festive coloring pat of the holiday, then just drink Tahoe Blue straight, dummy.


TAHOE BLUE VODKA POT O’ GOLD

Get it? Pot o’ gold, because it has a gold tint and leprechauns live in Pots of gold; or something like that. The St. Germain (which is an elderflower liquer) and Ginger Beer give it it’s slight tint of color.

  • 2 Ounces Tahoe Blue Vodka
  • ½ ounce St. Germain
  • 1 ounce Ginger Beer (recommend Cock & Bull)
  • Fresh mint for garnish (optional)

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with crushed ice. Pour all your liquid ingredients in and shake it up well and strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass and garnish with fresh mint leaf.


TAHOE BLUE LEPRECHAUN

It’s bright green and fruity, mostly (I think), like peach. I suggest using the best quality orange and pineapple juice you can (it makes a difference even at these small quantities, believe me). Serve it in a tall glass or a fun oversized glass for similar fruit drinks like a Mai-tai or Pina Colada.

  • 1.5 Ounces Tahoe Blue Vodka
  • 1 ounce Blue Curacao
  • 1 ounce Peach Schnapps
  • ½ ounce orange juice
  • ½ ounce pineapple juice

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Pour all your ingredients in and shake it up well and strain the mixture into the glass of choice, serve over ice.


TAHOE BLUE GREEN MARTINI

Very basic…the Midori makes it green, the Tahoe Blue makes it awesome and the Cointreau is in honor of Tahoe Blue Founder and CEO, Matt (a fellow maggot) who swears that an orange slice is the best accompaniment to his vodka.

  • 3 Ounces Tahoe Blue Vodka
  • ½ ounce Midori
  • ½ ounce Cointreu

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with crushed ice. Pour all your ingredients in and shake it up well and strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of orange (just for Matt).


TAHOE BLUE VODKA & COKE

46 Years on the planet and I never tried Vodka/Coke. I’ve heard of it, I just never tried it until last weekend. I had my fiancé try it and she said “what? It’s just coke!” I said “exactly, how dangerous is that?”

With Tahoe Blue’s super-smooth taste it accents the flavor of Coca-Cola in a way that makes you think that’s all you’re drinking…Coke. After a few of these you’ll know better

Makes One Drink:

  • 3 ounces Tahoe Blue Vodka
  • 6-8 ounces Coca Cola

Mix both in a glass over ice; stir and enjoy!


TAHOE BLUE SUPER BOWL PUNCH

This is a refreshing, citrus accented punch that is not too sweet and packs a nice punch…get it?

Makes a batch for a party as follows:

  • 1 750ML bottle Tahoe Blue Vodka
  • 2 bottles of Bud Light Lime (Corona also works)
  • 12 ounces limeade, thawed
  • 2 liters (9 cups) sparkling water (Perrier, etc)
  • 3 medium limes, sliced into rounds

Mix all ingredients into a large pitcher or serving bowl.

Pour into glasses over ice


TAHOE BLUE SPARKLING GRAPE PUNCH

This is adapted from a Bobby Flay cocktail recipe and is a refreshing, vibrant, fun party punch:

  • 1 cup Tahoe Blue Vodka
  • 2 pounds red seedless grapes
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, sliced
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (not the crap from a plastic lemon in the grocery store)
  • 1 750ML bottle of sparkling rose wine

In a food processor or blender, blend together the 2 pounds of grapes, honey, and lemon juice until smooth.

Pour into pitcher or serving bowl. Add Tahoe Blue Vodka and sliced grapes and refrigerate for at least an hour

Add the Rose when the party starts; mix and serve!


TAHOE BLUE GRAND FIZZ

Another light, refreshing, fun Tahoe Blue inspired cocktail with a little citrus to accent the flavor

MAKES ONE DRINK, SERVE IN A LARGE WINE GLASS IDEALLY:

  • 3 ounces Tahoe Blue Vodka
  • 1 ½ ounces St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • Half of a medium lime, freshly squeezed (juice only, discard rind)
  • 6 ounces sparkling water

Fill wine glass with ice

Pour all ingredients into glass and stir, serve


TAHOE BLUE JALAPENO VODKA

Why, you ask would you do such a thing to such an amazing vodka? Don’t knock it until you try, please. Once you’ve made a batch of Tahoe Blue Jalapeno Vodka, there are so many fun ways to use it. (Of course, you should always keep a regular bottle on hand as well). Duh.

Many online recipes suggest much longer fermentation than my recipe calls for. All I have found that does it add a stale “green pepper” aftertaste. No thanks.

  • One 750 ML bottle Tahoe Blue Vodka
  • 2 Medium sized green jalapeno peppers
  • 1 small red Fresno chili pepper
  1. Empty the vodka into an air tight container. I suggest using a large Mason Jar. Reserve Tahoe Blue bottle
  2. Slice the peppers into rounds about ½ inch thick
  3. Add peppers to jar, seal and mildly shake
  4. Place in refrigerator for 12 hours.
  5. Turn jar upside down (this redistributes the peppers) and refrigerate for an additional 12 hours
  6. Using a funnel and small strainer placed over the mouth of the funnel, pour jalapeno vodka back into Tahoe Blue bottle. Discard all peppers and seeds in the strainer.

IMPORTANT: Label your jalapeno vodka bottle. Maybe tie a pepper around it. Just don’t get them confused.

I prefer and suggest keeping your Tahoe Blue Jalapeno Vodka in the freezer. It will be good for as long as it lasts, which won’t be long once you start having fun with it.


TAHOE BLUE JALAPENO VODKA DIRTY MARTINI

For what it’s worth, this is my favorite way to use Tahoe Blue Jalapeno Vodka…and I don’t serve it as a traditional martini so adjust as necessary to your tastes

  • 3 Ounces Tahoe Blue Jalapeno Vodka (see master recipe)
  • 1/2 ounce green olive juice
  • Olive for garnish (optional…I don’t usually do this, but if I do, I prefer anchovy stuffed olives. If you haven’t tried them, please do. I HATE anchovies, but these olives are amazing

In a Tumbler glass, fill with ice (I prefer oversized baseball cubes if possible)

Pour olive juice over ice

Add Tahoe Blue Jalapeno Vodka and stir gently.


TAHOE BLUE JALAPENO VODKA MOSCOW MULE

Moscow mules already carry a slight bite to them thanks to the Ginger Beer. Using Tahoe Blue Jalapeno Vodka takes it to a whole new level

  • 3 Ounces Tahoe Blue Jalapeno Vodka (see master recipe)
  • 6 ounces Ginger Beer (recommend Cock & Bull or Smirnoff)
  • Juice of half of one fresh lime (about 1/8 cup)

In a Traditional Moscow Mule copper mug, fill with ice and add lime juice
Add Tahoe Blue Jalapeno Vodka
Fill with Ginger beer. Gently stir and enjoy


TAHOE BLUE JALAPENO VODKA MARTINI

  • 3 Ounces Tahoe Blue Jalapeno Vodka (see master recipe)
  • ¼ ounce dry vermouth
  • Olive for garnish. Want more spice? Use jalapeno stuffed olives. I prefer bleu cheese or anchovy stuffed olives

Place martini glass in freezer

In a Martini shaker, fill with ice, add vermouth and swirl for 15 seconds. Discard Vermouth

Add Tahoe Blue Jalapeno Vodka to ice shaker, shake or stir, whatever you prefer, Mr. Bond

Pour into frozen martini glass, garnish and enjoy


TAHOE BLUE CINNAMON VODKA

Why, you ask would you do such a thing to such an amazing vodka? Don’t knock it until you try, please. This recipe comes straight from Loyal Maggot Matt, the Founder and CEO of Tahoe Blue Vodka. He recommends using it in anything from coffee to hot chocolate or any hot holiday drink or beverage, especially any of them with coffee friendly liqueurs.

  • One 750 ML bottle Tahoe Blue Vodka
  • 2 Whole Cinnamon Sticks

Empty the vodka into an air tight container. I suggest using a large Mason Jar. Reserve Tahoe Blue bottle

Add cinnamon sticks to jar, seal and mildly shake

Store in cool, dark place for 48 hours.

Pour vodka back into Tahoe Blue bottle. Discard cinnamon sticks and do not be alarmed by the color of the Vodka now being similar to that of the Sacramento Delta.


TAHOE BLUE VODSKY

Too many of these on Christmas Eve and you’ll have a very Blue Christmas…but I promise you’ll be warm.

MAKES ONE DRINK

  • 3 ounces Tahoe Blue Vodka
  • 1/2 ounces whiskey
  • Milk or Heavy Cream (your preference depending on thickness)

Serve in a Rocks glass/tumbler over ice

Pour Tahoe Blue Vodka and whiskey into glass over ice. Fill with milk or cream and gently stir to mix. Sit down and stay there.


TAHOE BLUE CHAMPAGNE COSMO

Ring in the new year with some Tahoe Blue, some fruit flavor and some bubbles all in one!

MAKES ONE DRINK

  • ¾ ounces Tahoe Blue Vodka
  • ¾ ounces cranberry juice
  • Sparkling wine (Brut) to finish in a champagne glass

Pour Tahoe Blue Vodka into champagne glass, add cranberry juice, fill to the rim with Sparkling wine and make a toast!


TAHOE BLUE MISTLETOE

Pretty similar to a Cosmo, but with some holiday added in

MAKES ONE DRINK

  • 1 ½ ounces Tahoe Blue Vodka
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 ½ lemon-lime soda (Sprite/7-up)
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • For garnish: 1 large mint leaf
  • Ice cubes
  • Martini shaker
  • Serve in a highball glass over ice

Place ice cubes in martini shaker and add Tahoe Blue Vodka, juice, soda and lime juice

Shake gently and strain into serving glass and garnish with mint leaf floating on top


TAHOE BLUE HOLIDAY MULE

It’s like a Moscow Mule, but with some holiday flavors to make it more festive!

MAKES ONE DRINK

  • 1 ½ ounces Tahoe Blue Vodka
  • 1 ½ ounces apple cider (yes cider, not juice ass-wipe)
  • 1 ½ ounces Ginger Beer (recommend Cock & Bull….hehehehe…bull)
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • For garnish: 1 apple wedge, 1 cinnamon stick
  • Ice cubes
  • Martini shaker
  • Serve in traditional Mule copper mug or highball glass

Place ice cubes in martini shaker and add Tahoe Blue Vodka, cider, ginger beer and lemon juice

Shake gently and strain into serving mug or glass and garnish with apple and cinnamon


TAHOE BLUE “GRINCH”

It’s green, get it? And a little too sweet for my tastes, but gals love it, and yes that’s meant to be condescending. Didn’t every high school girl love Medori?

MAKES ONE DRINK

  • 1 ounce Medori or other green melon liqueur
  • 2 ounces Tahoe Blue vodka
  • ¼ teaspoon white cranberry juice
  • ½ ounce water
  • Ice cubes
  • Martini shaker
  • Serve in martini glass up or clear tumbler over ice

Place ice cubes in martini shaker and add Medori, Tahoe Blue vodka and cranberry juice

Shake well and strain into a chilled glass


TAHOE BLUE CANDY CANE MARTINI

Let the candy cane garnish sit in the drink for a few minutes and the red dye of the candy cane will settle into the bottom of the drink and give it a festive look. Be warned; you better like peppermint for this one! The sparkling water (like Perrier) is essential to the overall feel of this drink.

MAKES ONE DRINK

  • ¾ ounces Tahoe Blue vodka
  • ¾ ounce Rumplleminz schnapps
  • 1 ounce sparkling water
  • Ice cubes
  • Martini shaker
  • Serve in martini glass with small candy cane on the rim

Place ice cubes in martini shaker and add the rest of the ingredients.

Shake well and strain into a chilled glass


TAHOE BLUE SPARKLING POINTSETTIA

This is a nice, light, bubbly, celebratory red drink for the holidays.

FOR A FULL PITCHER (6 SERVINGS)

  • 1 ½ cups champagne or sparkling wine
  • ¾ cup chilled Tahoe Blue vodka
  • 1 ½ cups cranberry juice
  • Crushed ice

FOR INDIVIDUAL GLASSES

  • 1 ½ ounces champagne or sparkling wine
  • 1 ounce chilled Tahoe Blue vodka
  • 1 ½ ounces cranberry juice
  • Crushed ice

For an individual serving, use a martini shaker; to make the whole batch at once, use a glass pitcher.

Mix together vodka, cranberry juice and champagne

Fill champagne glass(es) with crushed ice and pour mixture over ice

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