Indulge This Valentine’s Day With 325-Years of Ketel One Vodka

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and even if you are planning to brave the crowded restaurants, take some quiet time at home before you head out.

Straight from our friends at Ketel One are a two lovely recipes to give your night a little extra spark.

Appropriately titled, “Labor of Love” and “Love Affair,” these cocktails are also great for a girls night in or date night with your bae.

Labor of Love

Start your evening with a dinner cocktail filled with intense flavor profiles.

Rich, with an herb garden radiance, mix Ketel One Citroen with Green Chartreuse and highlight with fresh basil leaves and rosemary sprigs.

Add a bit of sweetness with simple syrup to perfectly balance the naturally woody Chartreuse with the essence of citrus present in Ketel One Citroen.

  • 1.5 oz. Ketel One Citroen® Flavored Vodka
  • 2 bar spoons Green Chartreuse
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 0.75 oz. simple syrup
  • 3 basil leaves
  • ½ rosemary sprig
  • 1 oz. club soda
  • 0.5 oz. pomegranate juice

How To:

  1. Muddle basil, rosemary, lime juice and simple syrup in the bottom of a mixing glass.
  2. Add Ketel One Citroen and Green Chartreuse and shake with ice.
  3. Fine strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
  4. Stir in club soda and top with a float of pomegranate juice. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

 

Love Affair

For dessert, try the smooth taste of Ketel One vodka base with white cranberry juice, a natural aphrodisiac for men, for a sweet and sultry beverage.

Adding notes of citrus with a splash of fresh lemon juice, topping with mint simple syrup, club soda and a few dashes of rhubarb bitters, this cocktail marries flavors of the season to celebrate your loved one with a bubbly toast.

  • 1.5 oz. Ketel One® Vodka
  • 2 oz. white cranberry juice
  • 1 oz. mint simple syrup
  • .5 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 dashes rhubarb bitters

How To:

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass.
  2. Shake with ice and strain into a snifter filled with ice.
  3. Top with club soda.
  4. Garnish with candied rhubarb.

How To Mint Simple Syrup:

  1. Combine 2-1 sugar to water ratio and simmer on low heat uncovered until syrupy (1/4 water reduction).
  2. Add mint, remove from heat and let steep for 20-minutes.

 

Additionally, for a last minute gift consider the limited edition Ketel One vodka 325th Anniversary commemorative bottle of Kettle One for $32.49.

To celebrate 325 years of distilling expertise at the Nolet Family Distillery, home of Ketel One, this bottle represents 11 generations of maintaining the highest standards in crafting the world’s finest spirits as passed down from father to son.

Not to mention, that it is also quite beautiful!

Dressed in a copper matte plating as a nod to the important role copper pot distillation plays in creating the liquid, the commemorative offering draws inspiration from traditional Dutch spirit bottles.

Coins decorate the sides of the bottle, representing each of the 10 generations of Nolet family distillers.

For the first time, the 11th generation, Carl Nolet Jr. and Bob Nolet, will have their signatures featured on the bottle.

An ironwork-inspired design featured across the front and back of the bottle represents the real-life ironwork above the entrance door to the distillery.

Additionally, the Nolet family crest is included on the front of the bottle.

It symbolizes values and characteristics such as courage, authenticity and wisdom that each generation has displayed in building the family’s distilling business over the past 325-years.

Heck, this is the kind of bottle we’d totally gift ourselves!

 

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