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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Three O Cherry Vodka

Ah, Christmas. The best part of it is getting the family together, relaxing and enjoying great food. The worst part is the mindless commercialization and over-consumption. Connie and I really don’t do much in the way of Christmas presents for each other. We usually decide on something we need or would like to have as an indulgence, buy it and then wait. No Black Friday ventures into the mall for us!

For those who want to buy something for us as a present, that does make it difficult. We lack nothing we need. So my brother John (the younger), came up with a unique solution. He bought us a bottle of Three-O cherry vodka from Three Olives. He included a thumb drive with 42 pages of recipes, not just for the cherry variety, but all of their flavored vodka. Thoughtful man, and a gift we really can and intend to use.

I will say we thought it a bit strange that John was down on the floor with a flashlight checking out our liquor cabinet on Christmas Eve when the family gathered at our home.  Ostensibly he was admiring the variety.  Now, we know he was checking to make sure he wasn't giving us a duplicate!

We've made our first cocktail with the Three-O cherry vodka. It comes to us from Three Olives and it is called Three-O™ Cherry Cosmo.  When all was said and done, Connie and I had selected the same three drinks we wanted to try.  All needed martini glasses.  When he called me in to the kitchen to get my opinion and I selected the same ones, he laughed and opened the freezer door.  He'd already put martini glasses into the freezer to chill.  He knows me so well!!

The recipe called for 3 oz. of vodka per serving. That's two shots is a little strong, especially when you have to cook and straighten the house. Connie backed off the vodka by 1 oz. per serving to two. Still, it was a little on the strong side. We decided that it could use a little bit more of the cranberry juice and / or a bit of simple syrup. I’ll update the post when we revisit this recipe, which we will. It was a tasty drink. Here is the recipe (for two):

Three O Cherry Cosmo


4 oz. Three-O Cherry Vodka

1 oz. Triple Sec (we use DeKuyper)

2 oz. cranberry juice (we use Ocean Spray)

Splash fresh lime juice

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with a cherry.

Toast the one you love, and enjoy!

adapted from Three O recipes


egbkid said...

It's so pretty, looks delicious!

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous drink (and photo). I also adore your martini glasses. I think we own one that I got at the dollar store. Shows how often we enjoy drinks like this (which we really should do more).

Boabe de Cafea said...

Yum! I love that cocktail!:)

Ang said...

Thanks for the new cocktail idea. I'm always looking for a different twist on drinks:)

something_good said...

we've noticed among our friends that once they're reaching mid-30s, they become cocktail fans. They start buying bar gadgets, weirdly shaped glasses... but the best thing is they start shaking and stirring a lot of marvelous drinks and combinations and we get invited :)) your cocktail recipe should be on our list for the next get-together. thanks.

Becky said...

I love Cosmos, too. They have such a pretty color. Looks like your putting your Christmas present to good use.

Chef Dennis Littley said...

That sounds like such a great vodka! and your cocktail sounds amazing, I would love to try a few of them!
gorgeous image too....of course after a few they wouldn't be in focus anymore

Kate @ said...

That cosmo looks amazing and it sounds really good!

sara @ CaffeIna said...

Oh that is a great gift! and you put it to use in a fantastic way, Kate

Lomo said...

Love the colour inthat drink! Sounds like a nice wayt to relax after the busy holiday season!

Christina said...

Beautiful looking cocktail!

Tiffany said...

I've never had cherry vodka, but this cosmo sure makes me want to try it!

Leslie Uhl said...

Beautiful drinks, glasses, and fun post, thanks for sharing!

Tiffany said...

Nice! I love trying new cocktails, and that reminds me, I need more triple sec!