Is this absolutely insane? An app for your iPhone about vodka… what does it do and why would I want it? I am a hard one to convince that this is at all cool; especially when their slogan for the app reads, “explore the unnecessary lengths we go to.” Necessary or not, the app is here; it gives drinkers a tour of Åhus, Sweden, the village where Absolut is produced. Drinkers can explore the area and discover how the Absolut vodka is made, from the wheat fields to the distillery and the bottling plant. I love the idea of discovering new and exciting apps and I love my vodka, but I don’t think the two mix very well. I give this app 1 doll hair out of 5 as this vodka doll sees “absolutely” no point.
Have you ever tried my Spicy Chocolate Doll Martini? I came up with the idea for this delicious martini to satisfy dolls all around the world who can’t decide what they want in life, sweet or spicy. Good news, now you can have both, and this martini is easier to make than most. No freezing ice cubes full of mint leaves, or cracking eggs and using the whites to froth up the drink; nope, not this martini. Here it is with love from me to you, be warned this isn’t for the drama queens or thumb sucking dolls, this is strictly for those who like a little spice. Add all ingredients to a martini shaker along with plenty of ice, shake for 10-15 seconds and pour liquid into a chilled martini shaker. For added pleasure grate some chocolate shavings on top and enjoy.
1 oz of Godiva Chocolate Liqueur (if you have Kahlua it will work but is not ideal)
Crystal Head vodka created quite the stir in my home country Canada. Even though it is distilled in Newfoundland and co-owned by Canadian comedian, Dan Akroyd, the LCBO refused to carry the vodka. Take one guess why? The bottle design of a large glass skull was considered too controversial due to its association with the image of death, but Akroyd succeeded in ending the Crystal Head boycott. I couldn’t wait to get my very own bottle. I poured myself half a shot; I must say the excitement before I tried it made the $50 price tag worth every penny. I was pleasantly surprised with how little it burned going down. I got out my good old Russian Standard vodka to compare, and after a few more sips of each I had all the proof I needed. Crystal Head was less scary than the pretty packaged vodkas and was damn good. Because this vodka has more of a sweet finish to it, I shook it up with some lemon zest and it was dee-lish. Every doll loves a little good fortune, and this vodka tells a tale of an archeological mystery offering spiritual powers of enlightenment to any vodka doll that touches one of the thirteen crystal heads. I rate this vodka 4 doll hairs out of 5; losing a point because I am still waiting for my spiritual powers.
A dolls got to eat, doesn’t she? But what goes well with vodka? The answer to that depends entirely on how you like your vodka. For example, vodka cranberry would have a completely different food pairing than a dirty vodka martini. This vodka doll loves her martini dry and dirty, and it always tastes best with a naturally salty dish like King Crab or New York strip loin. When I am enjoying a sinful molten lava cake my drink of choice is a vodka with cranberry juice (Cape Cod); the berries and chocolate make for one happy belly. A well-balanced vodka drink should be a perfect blend of flavours and I would never want to throw that off by pairing it with the wrong food. The other two flavours to consider are sour/bitter and spicy vodka drinks. I would love to enjoy a Vodka Sour with a summertime salad or a Spicy Keg Caesar with a blue cheese lettuce wedge. The best way to enjoy vodka is starting with a mix that suits your taste buds, be it sweet, salty, spicy or sour/bitter and choose a dish that complements the mix. It may not be as easy as pairing beverages like beer, sake or wine, but once you understand the characteristics of vodka and their mixers you will always know which food works best. Which food and vodka pairings do you like best?
Once upon a time in a land far far away called New Zealand there was a man named Geoff Ross and a lady named Justine. These two worked very hard each day in hope of one day getting their homegrown vodka into all the fancy balls around the world. But vodka from New Zealand, who had heard of such a thing? Apparently no one, every door they knocked on was usually slammed shut. I guess the people on the other side didn’t believe in fairy tales. When it came time to go to the ball these two did not have millions of dollars to spend on their outfits, in fact they barely had enough to wash their hand-me-downs. They didn’t have a fairy godmother or a “million dollar” wand to waive. What they did have, money couldn’t buy anyway; they had courage to fight even the biggest dragon, and that is just what they did. Prince charming eventually bought 42 Below for $138 million and, you guessed it, everyone lived happily ever after. With every good fairy tale there is usually a moral and here is mine…prince charming is not just going to knock on your door and offer you a fairy tale ending. You need to work hard, be creative and never let a little fire scare you away. So make yourself a 42 Below martini and start living your own fairy tale.
Call me crazy, but who wants to drink vodka named after someone who cut off their own ear? I mean isn’t naming a vodka after a post-impressionist painter kind of gimmicky? The man shot and killed himself after developing quite the drinking problem and this is now an award-winning drink? I didn’t get it and was turned off before even trying the stuff. Until one night while in Vancouver during the winter Olympic games when a friend ordered a round of celebratory banana flavoured shots; I polity declined. As I saw the grim faces staring back at me, I quickly changed my mind and shot Van Gogh. My eyes lit up as I placed my shot glass back on the table. I was wrong; yes a doll can admit when she has misjudged. As I found myself looking for the bartender, I realized it’s not only a book that shouldn’t be judged by its cover. Over time I came to enjoy the link to the artist even more, especially the use of bold colors in their vodka. The beautiful blue in the açai-blueberry is one of my favourites; try adding a few ounces of pink champagne in a large flute glass and you have one yummy masterpiece.
Miami is a vodka doll’s dream but where to go, what to drink? There are so many delicious options. My all time favourite spot in Miami is Barton G’s, it was here that I drank this fabulous martini. Now I don’t recommend trying to make this at home because of the liquid nitrogen. The signature Sabrinatinis brought to you on a silver platter, covered in rose petals and made with nitrogenized Absolut Vanilla vodka and rose petal nectar topped with Champagne. I give this Martini 4 doll hairs out of 5, losing one because I can only enjoy this beauty when I am dining in Miami at Barton G’s.
Living in my first apartment uptown Toronto, was very exciting, I loved getting ready and going out for the night but I also loved having my friends over and drinking martinis. There is just something about drinking vodka in your natural habitat that makes it taste so much better. Each visit inspired me to come up with a slightly new and improved martini. I was searching for the perfect house martini, one that would become my signature drink. I wanted something low in calories which cut sodas and fruit juices out of the mix. I wanted something with flavor that would mask the harshness of vodka. I went immediately to the bottle shop to take a look around and there it was, just like a beautiful pair of Manolo Blahnik’s, a flavour-infused vodka. No extra calories or carbs, no messy pink juice to clean up, just chill the bottle and serve. I passed on the Absolut and Stoli flavoured vodkas as they all seemed boring. I went for the Wyborowa Almond and was blown away with its nutty flavor. For my friends that wanted their’s a bit sweeter, I added a splash of Frangelico and had myself a house martini.
I love indulging in a perfectly made Espressotini. My love affair with this black beauty started one night when I was out on a rather boring date. I need something to keep me awake while Mr. Wrong rambled on about his dinosaur collection. Even the bartender felt bad for me. She could clearly see the pain I was in and when we ordered a third round she recommend I try an espresso martini. I have been in love ever since. I now see it as the perfect way to kick-start any night out. There are lots of ways to make this delicious treat. Since I love the taste of both vodka and espresso I usually pass on the creamy Bailey’s and opt for 1/2 an ounce of Kahlua instead. A great Espressotini should have a frothy finish and be garnished with coffee beans. I give the Espressotini 5 doll hairs out of 5. How do you like your espresso martinis?
Espressotini recipe: 1 and 1/2 ounces of vodka (I prefer 42Below)
1/2 ounce of Kahlua, 1 espresso shot, & splash of vanilla essence. A helpful tip, if you want the martini to really froth up, let the espresso shot chill to room temperature before shaking it up.
Stolichnaya, more commonly know as Stoli vodka, is reviewed my men all over the world as a “great Russian vodka.” For my delicate taste buds, the vodka did not go down well even after I tried to lighten the vodka up with a splash of cranberry juice. The vodka just brought out such a bitter taste in my berries. I was not drawn to their red and gold vodka labels, why should I be anyway, they are clearly targeted at men. So women beware this vodka is harsh, with a very distinctive vodka bite to it, not a dolls best friend. The only thing sweet about this vodka is its Russian heritage. It comes from the land of great vodkas and great vodka drinkers. The price point is also not bad, but I do think there are better choices for stylish vodka dolls. I rate this vodka 2 doll hairs out of 5?