Friday, December 04, 2009

Bottoms Up: Holiday Host Gifts Under $25 & Cocktail Recipes

Everyone knows it’s a faux pas to show up to a holiday party empty handed… but how many bottles of wine does one host really need?

This year, mix it up with one of the 17 flavors of Three-O Vodka, or with some vibrant “Bar Art” from 1800 Tequila. Both options are available for under $25.

1800 Tequila’s Essential Artists Series - $24.99
1800 Tequila is thrilled to announce the release of the second annual collection of limited-edition Essential Artists bottles. Showcasing eleven designs gathered from over 15,000 online submissions, plus one special edition “celebrity artist” bottle designed by Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One, this new line is a vibrant example of the undiscovered, yet soon-to-be-recognized talent residing across the country, and is the perfect addition to any bar.

Three Olives Vodka - $19.99
Featuring unique infusions like Pomegranate, Berry, Chocolate, Root Beer, Tomato, and Triple Shot Espresso, you can be sure to find the perfect flavor for everyone on your list. And priced at just $19.99 for a 750 ml bottle, feel free to stop worrying about spending that entire holiday bonus on pricey vintages.

Cocktail Recipes

Jingle Bell on the Rocks
2 oz. Three-O Grape Vodka
4 oz. cranberry juice
Splash club soda
Mix in a glass with ice and garnish with a lime wedge

2 oz. Three-O Pomegranate Vodka
10 Fresh Mint Leaves
1/2 of a Lime
2 tablespoons simple syrup
Club Soda
Muddle mint leaves and lime in a tall cocktail glass.
Pour in simple syrup and fill glass with ice, add vodka and soda.
Garnish with a mint sprig and lime.

Blue Christmas
1 ½ oz. Three-O Cherry Vodka
¼ oz. black raspberry liqueur
¼ Blue Curacao
Shake with ice and pour into a shot glass

Snowy Night
1 oz. Three-O Triple Shot Espresso Vodka
1 oz. white chocolate liquer
1 oz. half and half
Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with three espresso beans.


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