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Three Fall-Inspired Cocktail Recipes From Van Gogh Vodka

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. 

OK, so that was an obvious answer, but here's something you may not know: although Van Gogh vodkas are crafted in small batches at the Royal Dirkzwager Distilleries in Schiedam, Holland, the company's U.S. headquarters can be found right here in sunny Florida.

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.
*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
Agave Syrup*
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.
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. 

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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