It is getting to be that time of year again and I just realized my signature seasonal cocktail has never been posted. I hope you enjoy this refreshing winter beverage.
How to make vanilla infused vodka:
Fill a medium size jar or bottle with a decent quality, plain vodka and add two or three whole vanilla beans. Seal the container and wait patiently for approximately two weeks. If you can't wait that long, simply run the tip of a knife down the side of both beans and shake the bottle. This will speed up the process dramatically. Don't be afraid of the tiny black specs, they are the secret ingredient. (Just think about the difference between cheap imitation vanilla ice cream and the yummy expensive real vanilla bean ice cream.)
W H I S T L E R S P R I N G C O C K T A I L
Pack a tumbler with cubed ice
Add two ounces of vanilla infused vodka
Add equal parts soda water and lemon-lime soda and stir well
(Tip! You can adjust either mix to make it more or less sweet. Ginger ale will also add nice flavor and so will a tiny dash of rose water. Feel free to experiment.)
Garnish with a cherry and a splash of the cherry juice.
(Tip! For best results use a local black cherry such as bing. If you've added rose water, float a petal on top for an extra special presentation.)
Serve with a small straw and enjoy!