Friday, 30 December 2016

Festive Cocktails with Smirnoff Vodka

Readers, It’s party time over our way.   Festivities are well underway.  I may not know what day of the week it is and it’s the only time of year that champagne is acceptable mid-morning… heck, even cocktails at lunch are full on acceptable.

When Smirnoff contacted me before Christmas to take part in their cocktail campaign in the run up to Christmas, I was chuffed.  I recently did a gammon with gin recipe – click here to read it.  This time round though, it was all about the drinks rather than the food.

I’ve been a bit cheeky - originally, the brief was to work up a bloody mary recipe with the all the trimmings.  However, as someone terrified of drinking tomatoes in a juice format, I’ve taken my own style on this and made a vodka cranberry and lime cooler, that’s perfect for drinking with friends this New Year’s Eve.
Smirnoff vodka cocktail
I made this in a small cocktail shaker and the recipe below is for one.  For more great cocktail ideas, visit the Smirnoff website or view their social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Claire’s Cranberry Vodka Cooler with Smirnoff


50ml Smirnoff Vodka
25ml Lime Cordial
Dash Sugar Syrup
1 teaspoon cranberry sauce
Ice Cubes
Soda Water to top up


  1. Add a few ice cubes to your glass to chill it or, pop the glass in the freezer for a few minutes prior to pouring.   Remove ice cubes prior to pouring the drink..
  2. Add a teaspoon of cranberry sauce to the shaker, add the vodka, lime cordial and a splash of sugar syrup.
  3. Shake well to mix.   Use the strainer on the shaker or a tea strainer, to pour the mix into your glass.  Discard any pieces of cranberry left in the strainer.
  4. Top up your glass with soda water. Serve immediately.
Smirnoff vodka cocktail

Disclaimer:  I was sent a bottle of Smirnoff to create a cocktail.  Any opinions expressed are my own.   

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