Brilliant colors of orange, yellow and red now paint the landscape and fresh-picked apples have made their way from the orchards to the farmer’s markets. It’s apparent that the chilly days and nights of fall have settled in as the cool and fruity summer drinks are being replaced with the warmth of cider and espresso flavored cocktails.
A crunchy, tart apple impaled on a stick bathed in gooey caramel is a classic Fall treat, so why not take this true indulgence to a whole new level ~ the martini glass ~ with Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka.
Since its year 2000 introduction, Van Gogh vodka has received excellent ratings from critics including the highest 5-star rating from The Spirit Journal and a 94 rating from the Wine Enthusiast. The bottles themselves are works of art ~ they are hand designed and feature Vincent van Gogh’s artwork and allow a different view when peered into the bottle from different angles. Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka was introduced in 2009 and is just one of the 22 flavors of the Van Gogh product line.
The philosophy behind Van Gogh’s flavored vodkas is to allow for entertaining and impressing guests with little or no effort. CEO Norman Bonchick explains, “take colored, flavored vodka, shake it up, pour it and you look like a genius, a mixologist.” According to Bonchick, the ideas for their flavored vodkas come from consumers at the rate of an average of 15 suggestions per week. The Van Gogh marketing team runs the idea by various bartenders and if the idea sounds good, a 6-month development process is implemented. When the only caramel-infused vodka producer recently went out of business, Van Gogh saw an opportunity and set about creating the deep brown colored vodka that simply melts in your mouth. It has been described as “the most romantic alcohol.”
Just like eating a caramel apple, the caramel sweetness of this martini hits the tongue first, and then the hint of the tart apple cider faintly appears. The only thing missing is the stick!
Spiced Caramel Apple
Created by Kara Newman, author of Spice & Ice
2 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
1 oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
2-1/2 oz apple cider
1 dash lemon juice
Add ginger liqueur, Van Gogh Caramel Vodka, apple cider and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass.
I like to have a martini, two at the very most. After three I’m under the table, after four I’m under my host ~ Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
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