Vodka Cocktails: The Cabana Cake

With so many wonderful flavored vodkas readily available, it can be easy just to mix them with a little club soda and call it a day. However, using them in delicious, handmade vodka mixed drinks tickles the taste buds even more. I recently discovered an incredible Bing cherry vodka, which has strong cherry flavor without being too sweet or too tart. The smell is vaguely reminiscent of drugstore cough syrup, but the flavor couldn’t be further from it, making it perfect for summer cocktails. I sipped a little on the rocks, and it was quite nice. The inspiration for this vodka cocktail comes from the classic Cabana Cake, a dessert with 1950s potluck appeal. The dessert is made with cherry pie filling, canned pineapple, and yellow cake mix. These vodka cocktails, however, are arguable better than the real thing.

The Cabana Cake CocktailVodka Cocktails: The Cabana Cake

  • 2 oz 360 Bing Cherry vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/4 oz cinnamon schnapps
  • 1 dash grenadine
  • maraschino cherry garnish

Fill a cocktail glass with ice. Blend vodka, pineapple juice, and schnapps with ice in a cocktail shaker. Discard the ice from your cocktail glass, then pour ingredients from your shaker, straining out any ice. Add a dash of grenadine to the center of the cocktail, allowing it to sink to the bottom. Garnish with a cherry.

These vodka cocktails can also be made in larger batches. Simply save your dashes of grenadine until after each glass is poured.

Beer Cocktails: The Golden Bite

Refreshing and delicious, beer cocktails are now a staple at bars and gastropubs across the country. Beer cocktail recipes tend to be very simple mixed drinks, and with good reason. Each beer has it’s own unique flavor profile, and shouldn’t be overshadowed by a weighty list of intense flavors. The best drinks made with beer contain ingredients that elevate the natural flavors of grain and hops, and keep the beer center stage.

One of the most well known drink recipes with beer is the Snakebite cocktail, a 50/50 mix of any beer and hard cider of your choice. For this original beer cocktail, we’ve taken this idea to the next level, combining German beer with a balanced blend of flavors making this refresher a stand out among summer beer cocktail recipes.

The Golden Bite Beer Cocktail Beer Cocktails: The Golden Bite

  • 1/2 pint Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
  • 1/2 pint Strongbow Gold Apple Hard Cider
  • 1 oz Apfelkorn apple liqueur

Pour 1 oz of cold Apfelkorn apple liqueur into a chilled glass mug. Next, slowly pour in 1/2 pint of Strongbow Gold Apple Hard Cider, or enough to fill the mug half way. Pour gently, of course, as to retain maximum fizziness. Fill the rest of the stein with 1/2 pint of Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier. In a pinch, you can try another pale, filtered wheat beer. To keep the carbonation strong in beer cocktails, there’s no need to stir. While drinking, the apple flavor will increase as the ingredients naturally begin to mix.

Beer based cocktails are great for parties, because with these proportions, you can pop open a bottle of beer, a bottle of cider, and make two, perfect mixed bubbly drinks. When you’re ready for another round, just open fresh bottles. These beer cocktails are also perfect to serve with soft pretzels and Cambozola, a.k.a. blue brie.