The Advice Sisters Beauty and Style are often asked if we will review wine and spirits for a special holiday. You don’t need a holiday or special occasion to enjoy great liquor or wine. Even an ordinary day can and should be one to celebrate! We review a unique vodka, and a lovely prosecco in this feature!
In that spirit (pun intended) we are also including some cocktail recipes to help make every day a celebration, and special occasions, even more special.
Khortytsa Vodka: The Khortytsa Distillery is located in the Ukrainian city of Zaporozhe near Khortytsa Island. The area is considered to be the cradle and heart of Ukrainian national pride –and is one of the country’s seven wonders.
We were really curious about Khortytsa Vodka. There are several versions including ICE, Platinum, Hot Honey Pepper and Deluxe.
We tried both Platinum and ICE, but Khortytsa ICE intrigued us, because of the bottle: the frosted glass bottle turns blue when the vodka is properly chilled.
We tried it and were so entranced we forgot to take a photo.But just like this photo below, the bottle turned bright blue!
Khortytsa ICE is naturally infused with mint to give it an extremely subtle floral flavor.
While the aim of most vodka is to produce no scent or taste at all, ICE is also a “sipping” vodka that has a decided citrus aroma with a distinct floral aroma.
ICE is smooth and satisfying simply served chilled. For those who don’t drink vodka “au natural” we offer the following recipe:
- 2 oz Khortytsa Ice
- 3 oz Watermelon Juice
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice
- Glass: Rocks
- Muddle mint then add all ingredients over ice. Stir.
- Garnish: Watermelon Slice & Mint
Khortytsa Vodka Platinum:
We didn’t realize until we read the box, that Khortytsa is among the top 3 vodka brands in the world, distilled five times using state of the art technology and made with from water sourced from Artesian wells.
Adler-tree and charcoal filters plus quartz sand make this a smooth vodka, indeed. But the reason this particular vodka is called “Platinum” is that one of the filters is a platinum filtration. Amazingly, Khortytsa Platinum Vodka is not going to cost you a heap of gold: It’s only $14.99 per bottle.
We liked this vodka served in chilled vodka glasses, but here’s a way to mix it that’s easy and delicious:
Kohr Platinum Cocktail
- 2 oz Khortytsa Platinum
- 3 oz Blood Orange Soda (San Pellegrino is suggested but you can use regular orange soda)
- 1 oz Pomegranate Juice (
- 1 Dash Orange Bitters
- 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
- Glass: Rocks
Add all ingredients expect Pomegranate Juice to glass over ice and stir. Top with Pomegranate juice and garnish with a slice of blood orange (substitute a regular orange slice if you wish).
Where to Buy: You can find this vodka online and in many other places. Prices range for both Platinum and Ice from around $14 for 750 ml to $31.00 for larger sizes. Prices vary depending upon location.
Santa Margherita Prosecco
All that sparkles isn’t always champagne, nor does it need to be!
A sparkler that we really like Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore Di Valdobbiadene D.O.C.G because it is delicious “as-is” or used as a mixer. It’s also really affordable with prices hovering just around $20 for 750 ml.
The grapes are hand-harvested and then made into a Cuvée (base wine) that is fermented with specific yeasts.
The resulting wine is full of lively bubbles and the taste profile is light and crisp, with notes of apples and a hint of flowers.
There are many prosecco brands that we feel are overly sweet, but Santa Margherita is fruity but also reasonably dry.
We personally like to drink our Santa Margherita Prosecco in a tall champagne glass with perhaps a strawberry dunked in for color. But cocktails made with sparkling wine are so festive!
Ginger Raspberry Sparkler
*Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer is made in Brooklyn, where our hearts are! Tiny bits of ginger and an unfiltered formula makes it fun. This ginger beer has a bit of a bite but not as much as some of the Jamaican varieties we usually drink…yummy!