Friday, 21 November 2014

Friday Cocktail: Strawberry Milkshake Vodka Cocktails with Oddka

Ever since I discovered and reviewed Oddka's range of flavoured vodka earlier this year, my blog post about it has consistently been one of our highest-read posts on the site.

It's easy to see why - well-made spirits in truly original flavours like salted caramel popcorn and ELECTRICITY are a winning combination - and so you can imagine how pleased I was to hear that they had released a new flavour.

So what have they come up with this time?

STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE FLAVOURED VODKA (£8 at Tesco and currently on offer for £7 at Sainsburys)!

Yes, that's right, you can enjoy the indulgence of strawberry milkshake in boozy form.

The Oddka guys sent me a bottle to try and I was genuinely surprised when I tasted it. I thought maybe it would just be a strawberry-ish vodka with a sickly fake creaminess about it that makes it a nice idea but totally impractical. I wasn't expecting what I actually found: a strange type of wizardry that gives you a 20% vodka liqueur that actually tastes like strawberry nesquik!

That was exactly the reaction of everyone I asked to try it - we were frankly astonished by how genuine the strawberry milkshake flavour was - and it made me very excited about the drinking possibilities.

So how exactly do you make good use of strawberry milkshake vodka liqueur?

Over ice? 
Maybe. That didn't work for me - the sweetness and booziness just needed something a bit more, so I wouldn't call this a sipping liqueur (unlike the watermelon flavour - oh boy).

As a shot?
This does work! My only advice is make sure it's ice cold (like a real milkshake) - and it's also an irresistible shot with a dash of cream.

In a cocktail?
Well NOW you're talking.
The Oddka guys sent me a few recipes to try, and I have to admit these two are by far my favourite.

One is oddly refreshing and fruity, the other is an indulgent, creamy cocktail that I would enjoy in place of dessert or after dinner if you're having a particularly girly evening. Also perfect for Grease theme-parties (now there's an idea...)
And we all know how much I love milkshake cocktails...

Cloudy with a Chance of Ale cocktail recipe
(serves one)

Shake it!

1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
2. Add all the ingredients and stir with a bar spoon
3. Garnish with a slice of lime

Better Shake Up cocktail recipe
(serves one)


Shake it!

1. Muddle the strawberries in a cocktail shaker (or jam jar, whatever you have to hand...)
2. Add all the other ingredients and give it a good shake over plenty of ice.
3. Strain into a cocktail glass or coupe.
4. Garnish with the remaining strawberry.

Oddka have even teamed up with a designer in Amsterdam who has made an Oddka Strawberry Milkshake 'dress' it is not to be missed:

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