October 4th is National Vodka Day, how will you celebrate? National Vodka Day has its own website and has been “celebrated” as a holiday since 2009. This year the holiday falls on Friday (even more reason to celebrate), and we’ve got you covered. First, here’s some vodka trivia for you to share–you never know when you might end up on a game show! Vodka became popular in the ’70s when it replaced bourbon as the “go-to” spirit for mixed drinks. Because it’s carbon filtered and contains very little oil, vodka is one of the purest drinks in the world. When it was first created in Russia, it was used for medicinal purposes. Vodka is derived from the Russian word for water. The most popular flavorings for vodkas are: red pepper, ginger, fruit flavors, vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon. Read Spa Week Spas Go Pink for BCA Now onto the good stuff, the vodka cocktail recipes! Instead of drinking the classic Screwdriver or Salty Dog cocktail this weekend, how about trying something fresh and new? In this vodka cocktail roundup, you’ll find drinks that are perfect for 1. Extending Indian Summer, 2. Halloween and (thinking ahead), 3. Christmas! Vodka Crush Ingredients: 2 parts Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka 2 parts chilled lemonade Lime for garnish Ice Directions: Shake all the liquid ingredients in cocktail shaker. Pour over ice. Add lime garnish and enjoy! Punzoné Mango-Berry Martini Ingredients: 1.5 parts Punzoné Blood Orange Originale 1 part Punzoné Vodka 1 part mango juice 2 slices of apple 2 strawberries Directions: Muddle one strawberry and one apple. Mix in shaker with all liquid ingredients. Garnish with a strawberry. Enjoy! EFFEN® Caramel Dipped Apple’tini Ingredients: 1 ½ parts EFFEN® Salted Caramel Vodka ¾ part Apple Schnapps 1 part Fresh Sour Mix Garnish: Apple Slice Garnish: Caramel Dipping Sauce Directions: In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a red apple slice dipped in caramel. Read Find Out What Red Door Spa’s Offering for Spa Week Candy Corn Martini Created by Lenox Entertaining Expert Andrea Correale from Elegant Affairs. Ingredients: 1 Cup cake vodka (for infusing) 1 Cup candy corn (for infusing) plus extra for garnish 1 oz. butterscotch schnapps 1 oz. pineapple juice Ice Directions: Combine 1 cup cake vodka and 1 cup candy corn in a glass container. Seal, and store in a cool, dark place for about 4 hours. In a martini shaker, add ice, 2 oz. candy corn infused vodka, 1 oz. butterscotch snaps and 1 oz pineapple juice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. You can garnish the glass with sugar sprinkles and candy corns! Punzoné Watermelon Mojito Ingredients: 2 parts Punzoné Lemoncino 1 part Punzoné Vodka 4 Watermelon cubes muddled 4 Mint leaves muddled 1/2 Lemon squeezed Splash of Club Soda Watermelon and mint for garnish Directions: Muddle watermelon and mint leaves. Mix squeezed lemon and all liquid ingredients in a shaker. Combine and garnish. Enjoy! Sparkling Lemonade Ingredients: 1½ parts Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka ½ part fresh lemonade 1 part seltzer Squeeze of lemon Lemon twist for garnish Directions: Shake vodka and fresh lemonade.Strain into glass filled with ice. Top with seltzer and a splash of fresh lemon juice. Add a lemon slice or lemon twist for garnish and enjoy! Apple Pie Martini Created by Lenox Entertaining Expert Andrea Correale from Elegant Affairs. Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Amaretto 1 oz Vanilla Vodka 2 oz apple cider 1 tsp cinnamon Squeeze of lime juice Directions: Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.Shake well.Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a pple slice and star anise. EFFEN® Salt and Sand Ingredients: 1 part EFFEN® Salted Caramel Vodka 1 part Orange Juice ¾ part DeKuyper® Cherry Liqueur ¾ part Fresh Sour Mix Garnish: Orange Twist Garnish: Cherry Directions: In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a highball glass over ice. Garnish with an orange twist and cherry. Punzoné Blackberry Gimlet Ingredients: 2 parts Punzoné Blood Orange Originale 1/2 part Punzoné Vodka 1/2 part Punzoné Lemoncino 5 cubes of muddled watermelon Blackberry for garnish Directions: Muddle watermelon. Mix liquid ingredients in a shaker. Combine in a glass and garnish with a blackberry. Enjoy! Santa’s Skinny Nog Created by Lenox Entertaining Expert Andrea Correale from Elegant Affairs. This one’s perfect when it gets cooler out. Ingredients: 2 Oz. Silk Soy “Nog” 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka 1 oz. Amaretto Garnish: Whipped Cream Cinnamon Cinnamon Sticks Directions: In a glass, combine Silk Soy “Nog” with Vanilla Vodka and Amaretto. Garnish with fresh whipped cream, sprinkle of cinnamon and cinnamon stick! It’s only 250 Calories. 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