Easy Everyday Entertaining

Easy Everyday Entertaining

Everyday Entertaining: Easy Cocktails With Farm-Fresh Ingredients

Entertaining at home lets you amplify great ingredients and get creative with your cocktails. Reinvigorate a classic vodka soda with a high-quality, thought-conscious twist—use locally sourced ingredients and exceptionally smooth Ketel One Family Made Vodka, made with 100% non-GMO grain. Farm-fresh cocktails showcase natural infusions and enhance the clean flavors of fragrant herbs, fresh fruits, and crisp citrus. With Ketel One Vodka and wholesome ingredients (no sugar, syrups or artificial additives), these easy-to-prepare drinks are sure to wow your guests.

Utilizing Fresh Ingredients

A walk through your local farmers’ market or specialty grocery store will stimulate all your senses. See what fruits, vegetables, and herbs are in season and learn what grows regionally in your area. Get to know the local products—smell the citrus fruits, touch the herb stalks, and talk to local vendors. Farmers and store clerks are familiar with the produce they sell and can answer questions or provide tips on how to best use their goods.

When shopping for herbs like thyme, rosemary, or mint, look for bright leaves and strong stems. Most herbs are sold by the bunch or test your green thumb with a pre-potted herb plant. You’ll use the herbs in food and cocktail recipes many times over. Most potted herbs need regular watering and a bright windowsill to thrive. Fresh herbs bought by the bundle last longest when washed, rolled in a damp paper towel, sealed in a zip-top bag, and stored in the refrigerator.

Picking produce should get physical—give citrus a gentle squeeze and a good sniff. Ripe fruit is firm and juicy and a deep inhale will have a full, fragrant citrus smell. Other produce, especially those in cocktails, such as cucumbers or jalapenos, should look bright, feel firm, and be unblemished. An unblemished slice will look best in an at-home drink.

Creating the Cocktails

Now let the fun begin! By focusing on locally sourced ingredients, you can mix vodka sodas with all natural garnishes. Experiment with any of the three Ketel One Vodkas (classic, Citroen, or Oranje) to find your favorite flavor combination. Ketel One Vodkas are made with no added sugar and the natural flavor of Citroen and Oranje is imparted by using the essential oils of the citrus fruits.

Ketel Soda with Cucumber & Mint

Pairing mint and cucumber brings fragrant freshness to this drink. The double dose of herbaceous green is a beautiful presentation in a simple glass.

First, gather the following ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
  • 3 oz. club soda
  • Fresh cucumber, sliced into wheels or ribbons (see below)
  • Fresh mint

Follow these instructions to make a classic cocktail:

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice
  2. Add Ketel One Vodka
  3. Top with club soda
  4. Add cucumber wheels or ribbons
  5. Finish with fresh mint garnish

Serving tip: To make cucumber ribbons for drink garnishes, use a knife to trim the ends from the cucumber. Then use a vegetable peeler to carefully slice the cucumber lengthwise into long, thin ribbons. Twist the ribbons into the glass. To make your mint more fragrant, place the leaves or sprig in one hand and gently smack it with the other—this warms up the mint slightly and starts to extract the oils before you use it to garnish your drink.

Ketel Soda with Blackberry & Lemon

This sweet and sour twist on a classic delivers surprising notes of sweet lemon zest on the nose, and subtle hints of freshly–cut lime on the tongue from the Ketel One Citroen. The blackberries and lemon are a colorful and playful addition.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Ketel One Citroen
  • 3 oz. club soda
  • 3 blackberries
  • 1 lemon wheel

Create the cocktail:

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice
  2. Add Ketel One Citroen
  3. Add club soda
  4. Add 1 lemon wheel and 3 blackberries
Ketel Soda with Grapefruit & Thyme

The sweet bitterness of grapefruit and the warming depth of thyme create a welcome and unexpected partnership. Coral-colored grapefruit and lush green thyme beautifully brighten any table while the natural flavor infused from oranges and mandarins in Ketel One Oranje enhances the citrus taste.

To make this cocktail you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Ketel One Oranje
  • 3 oz. club soda
  • Wedges of sliced grapefruit
  • Sprig of fresh thyme

Simply follow these instructions:

  1. Fill a Collins glass with ice
  2. Add 1 to 2 grapefruit wedges
  3. Add Ketel One Oranje
  4. Top with club soda
  5. Garnish the drink with an additional grapefruit wedge and sprig of thyme

Better For You Snacks

The key to these cocktails is the fresh, natural ingredients. Smooth Ketel One Vodka and farm fresh ingredients come together in light, colorful cocktails. Simple healthful snacks complement the flavors in the beverages. Spiced nuts with chopped thyme pairs well with a Ketel Soda with Grapefruit and Thyme or a cucumber and mint yogurt dip with crudité is a tasty snack with a Ketel Soda with Cucumber and Mint.

Whether you are toasting to a big milestone or an everyday moment, these cocktails are an easy, light, and refreshing tasting addition to any event.

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