The Cocktail at the End of the Rainbow

Today I bring to you a multipurpose libation.

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I am sure many of you are looking for a good green cocktail.  Usually if an alcoholic drink is green it contains one of two things: green creme de menthe, or melon liquor.  I have nothing against either flavor, but if you are looking for something a little different you have come to the right place!

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Remember Little Hugs?  Tiny barrels of sugar laden “fruit drink”…ahhh, childhood.  Well, the lemon-lime flavor is the perfect shade of green to make a lovely St. Patrick’s day drink while steering clear of the usual suspects.  I mixed it up with Pinnacle Whipped Vodka and some Sierra Mist.  Before I tried a sip, I named it the Whipped Leprechaun.

After I tried a sip, I realized I had something on my hands that transcended March 17th.  This thing tasted like one of those popsicles that I spent my summers slurping down as a kid. You know, the ones with the cream inside?   I renamed it the Whipped Popsicle.  Don’t want to box myself in you know.

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This drink is perfect to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with or to sip by the pool come summertime, and I know from all the Facebook and Pinterest posts I’ve been seeing lately that a bunch of you are already thinking summer.

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Whipped Popsicle

2 oz Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
Lemon-lime Little Hugs drink
Lemon-lime soda of your choice

Add vodka to glass.  Fill 3/4 of the glass with the lemon-lime Little Hugs drink, and then top off with lemon-lime soda.  Stir, add ice, consume (unless you are under 21 – in that case just go eat a popsicle and come back when you’re old enough!)

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Practically Perfect in Every Way – The Mary Poppins of Cocktails

If you read my last post you would know how excited I am about Pinnacle Vodka‘s newest flavor – Pumpkin Pie.  While everyone else was anxiously awaiting the iPhone 5, me and my old LG Optimus were waiting to wander into a liquor store and find that blue bottle with a slice of pumpkin pie floating enticingly on the label.

Find it I did, and it is soooooooooo good.  I’ve been ready for fall since the beginning of June, and now that it is finally near there is no better way to usher in the season than with my Caramel Pumpkin Pietini.  Not only is this one fabulous drink, it is also a tribute to these pumpkin cupcakes topped with caramel butter cream which I just learned today that I will NEVER be able to buy again because the bakery that makes them is closing.  Please pause for a moment of silence while you drool over the deliciousness…

Oh, Pumpkin Cupcakes. How I will miss you…

Sniffle, sniffle.

What better way to drown one’s sorrows than with a nice drink?

Like Mary Poppins, I pulled numerous goodies from my bag of tricks to make this martini.  Aside from the obvious Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie, I knew I was going to use RumChata in this recipe – it’s a rum cream with a nice cinnamon flavor (you have to have cinnamon in your pumpkin pie!).  Since I wanted to add some caramel flavor to the drink I had to look no further than my dwindling bottle of Baileys Caramel.  Lastly, I don’t know about you but I can’t have pumpkin pie without whipped cream on top, so added a splash of Pinnacle Whipped to the mix.  A little half & half to up the creaminess factor, a crushed graham pie crust rim and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice were the finishing touches.

Caramel Pumpkin Pietini

2 parts Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie
1 1/2 parts Baileys Caramel
1 part RumChata
1 part half & half
splash of Pinnacle Whipped
ice
crushed graham crackers/graham pie crust and pumpkin pie spice for garnish

Combine all the liquids and ice in a cocktail shaker and shaky shaky shaky!  Crush graham crackers/graham pie crust and rim glass.  Pour drink into glass and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.  End up with this…

Just in case you are wondering, I used these little mini graham pie crusts from Keebler.  I like the taste better than a dry old graham cracker, and the size is perfect.  You get enough crumbs to rim a few glasses without having a ton left over.

We’ve got months of pumpkin weather ahead and I’ve got a pretty full bottle of Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie vodka.  Anyone have any suggestions for other things to mix it with?  I’d love to hear your ideas!!