Holiday Cocktails with a Kick!

November 04, 2008

Add a little zing to your holiday party with these cocktails...

For those people who were not tempted by the vodka / Red Bull fad that had die-hard partiers going strong all night -amped up on the energy drink-alcohol combo - p.i.n.k. Vodka is not for you... But for those who liked the idea of a little extra energy (albeit unnatural), but didn’t like the usually sickly sweet taste of those energy drinks messing up your favorite cocktails - then p.i.n.k. could be your dream liquor! Infused with caffeine and guarana this vodka has quite a kick, but you can’t taste any difference.
Guarana is an Amazonian plant that is very common in Brazil, the seeds of which contain a lot of caffeine and it has been used to make tea for centuries. The fruit has a brown or red color – and when it is split open and the white surrounding the seed inside is visible it can look like an eyeball, which has made it the source of folklore and mythical stories.
According to the makers of p.i.n.k. Vodka there is about 30-40mg of caffeine in 1½ ounces of this spirit (roughly the same as ½ a cup of regular coffee). It seems there’s probably about the same amount of caffeine in a martini made with p.i.n.k. Vodka as there is in a mixed vodka and Red Bull, so for those with any sensitivity to caffeine avoid this brand and make these cocktails with your own favorite as too much caffeine can make some people jittery or nauseous and those effects can increase significantly when mixed with alcohol.
For those who are all in favor of a little extra pick-me-up, p.i.n.k. also make rum, tequila, whiskey and sake with the same flavorless caffeine-guarana infusion and here are a couple of p.i.n.k. inspired recipes just for the holidays...

p.i.n.k. Peppermint Martini

2½ oz p.i.n.k. Vodka
1 oz White Crème de Menthe
¼ oz Peppermint Schnapps
1 Pink peppermint stick

Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with ice.
Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a pink peppermint stick.



p.i.n.k. Pumpkin Pie Martini

2 oz p.i.n.k. vodka
2 oz ready-made pumpkin pie filling
1 oz half & half cream
1 oz spiced rum
Pinch of nutmeg
Splash of vanilla extract

Combine all the ingredients over ice and shake well.
Pour into a well-chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a dollop of fresh whipped cream dusted slightly with nutmeg.