October 12, 2012 | 11:04am
Ever wonder how Van Gogh vodka got its name? According to the company's Master Distiller Tim Vos, the Dutch-made vodkas -- which feature more than 20 specialty flavors -- have as much color and character as famous Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh.
South Florida is also the company's strongest market, a place where you can find all 20-plus specialty flavored vodkas -- including unique picks like Açai-Blueberry, Banana, and Dutch Caramel -- as well as Van Gogh's most exciting new release, PB&J.
To help get you in the mood for a bread-free PB&J, we've compiled a few adult-only recipes to enjoy this fun new flavor combination, as well as a few other festive fall cocktails made with various Van Gogh vodkas. No matter which one you choose, we're sure they'll help to get you in the mood for the upcoming holiday season.
*Created by Sue Pietoso, Head Bartender at T.G.I. Friday's in Princeton, New Jersey
3/4 oz Van Gogh PB&J Vodka
1/2 oz Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka
1/2 oz cranberry juice
Directions: Shake ingredients well with ice and strain into shot glass.
SPICED CARAMEL APPLE
*Created by Kara Newman, author of Spice & Ice, a zesty book brimming with cocktail recipes
1 oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
2 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
2-1/2 oz Apple Cider
1 dash Lemon Juice
Crumbled Gingersnap Cookies*
Directions: Add ginger liqueur, Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka, apple cider and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker with ice and shaker well. Strain into a martini glass. *Optional: to spice up your drink, first rim the martini glass with agave syrup and dip into crumbled gingersnap cookies.
GOGH DUTCH CAMPFIRE
2 oz Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
4 oz Hot Chocolate
3 Roasted marshmallows on small skewer
Directions: Pour Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka into a warm mug and add hot chocolate. Garnish with home-roasted marshmallows on a skewer or whipped cream. (Always use caution when handling hot liquids)
For more information on Van Gogh vodkas, visit the company Facebook page.