The Idonis is a simple and sweetly pleasant cocktail. It pairs the transparent vodka with a lush apricot brandy and some pineapple for a taste of the tropics.
This cocktail seems like it would be light and airy, but the pineapple juice makes a difference. Pineapple, when shaken, takes on a foamy quality and that texture takes over everything else in the drink. That isn't at all bad and is what makes the juice a great mixer because you know it can add a mouthfeel that other mixers can't.
If you don't like that "pineapple cream" feel, free to stir this drink, but do so long enough to ensure a properly mixed drink.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
The Katinka Cocktail
Very similar to the Idonis, the Katinka is another fruity cocktail that mixes vodka with apricot brandy.
With a name like Katinka, this cocktail has to have a story behind it. Unfortunately, I haven't found it yet. At any rate, it is an interesting mix of flavors that combine to create a smooth sipper and the sprig of mint garnish adds eye appeal along with a hint of extra flavor that makes it a little more interesting.