Monday, November 18, 2013

Jolly Fruit Cocktail

Remember back when the whole point of vodka was that it was clear and tasteless? Seems like, well, not all that long ago.

Sure you can still buy clear tasteless vodka, but I’ve been having a bit of fun with the flavored ones. It seems like every time I look, there are more flavors. Which means more possibilities for experimenting.

This time around, I combined one of the Smirnoff sorbet vodkas with simple syrup from a company called Not-So-Simple Syrup. The interesting thing was that the resulting cocktail reminded me a lot of watermelon-flavored Jolly Rancher candies.

Or maybe it’s just me.

This is a sweet cocktail with just a little tartness to balance it. If you like a more tart cocktail, this could be mixed with lemonade or even iced tea, or mixed with other fruit juices.

You might remember that I wrote about Not-So-Simple Syrup a while back, when the company sent me some small sample bottles. This time I received a lovely gift basket, and I’ve also got one for one of my lucky readers. More on that after we have a cocktail

Jolly Fruit Cocktail

1 ounce Smirnoff Raspberry Pomegranate Light Sorbet vodka
1 ounce strawberry Not-So-Simple Syrup
1 teaspoon lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then serve over ice. Garnish with a slice of citrus or a piece of fruit.

If you prefer, you can add soda water or seltzer for some fizz and to lighten up the cocktail. Or, add lemonade if you want more tartness.

Speaking of lemonade, the Not-So-Simple-Syrup products make a pretty nice sweetener for plain old lemonade, adding flavor along with the sweet.

I received the Not-so-Simple syrups from the manufacturer.