Several vodka makers are launching innovative new infusions this spring, paving the way for fresh new cocktails. On the lighter side, look for Absolut Wild Tea or EFFEN Cucumber. Meanwhile, fans of bolder flavors may enjoy Dragon Fruit and Blood Orange from SKYY Infusions, or Belvedere Bloody Mary.
Here’s a look at the newest infused vodkas on the shelf, and spirited cocktail suggestions for each:
Absolut Wild Tea, released in January 2011, capitalizes on the burgeoning tea trend within the cocktail community. The vodka is infused with rich Oolong tea and delicate white elderflower, as well as red apple and citrus notes.
Belevedere Bloody Mary, launching nationwide this month, is a clear (not tomato-red!) spirit that combines seven flavors: fresh tomato, black pepper, horseradish, red bell pepper, chile pepper, lemon and vinegar. The end result is a sweet yet tangy profile, rather than spicy.
Blood Orange Cosmo
2 ounces SKYY Infusions Blood Orange
½ ounce cranberry juice
½ ounce Triple Sec
½ ounce lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.
Created by Patricia Richards, Wynn & Encore Las Vegas
¾ ounce SKYY Infusions Dragon Fruit
1/3 ounce Darbo Elderflower Syrup (or St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur)
½ ounce guava purée (or guava juice)
4 ounces Prosecco
1 maraschino cherry, for garnish
Combine SKYY Infusions Dragon Fruit, elderflower syrup and purée in Champagne flute, and stir gently to combine. Slowly pour chilled Prosecco into flute and stir. Garnish with maraschino cherry.