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Five Awesome LEAF Vodka Drinks You Need to Know!

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Looking for something besides the standard Martini? The folks at LEAF Vodka allowed us to sample some of their product and we decided on Five AWESOME LEAF Vodka Drink Recipes that you need to know!

Now don't take that martini remark the wrong way. We think that LEAF Vodka is an essential ingredient for an outstanding martini! The brand, and product, is AWESOME! But, sometimes you may be looking for something a bit different than a standard "shaken not stirred" vodka offereing. That's where these recipes from LEAF Vodka come into play! Now the question you might have is this; "What's so Awesome about Leaf Vodka?" Funny you should ask!


Water Makes Leaf Vodka Awesome!

Plain old water? Heck no! How about Alaskan Glacial Water - the Green Bottle - or Rocky Mountain Mineral Water which is the Blue Bottle - for two distinct vodkas?

Here's how LEAF explains it! "LEAF Vodka made from Alaskan Glacial Water has a pure, smooth taste with a hint of sweetness while LEAF Vodka made from Rocky Mountain Mineral Water offers richness and complexity, lending a warm and savory impression on the palate." Yes - we agree! And so do others.

To date, LEAF has won over 20 awards since 2014 including multiple Double Gold and Best in Show awards from a variety of organizations including the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the San Diego Spirits Festival, TheFiftyBest.com, the SIP International Consumer Tasting Awards, and the Ultimate Spirits Challenge among others.


LEAF Vodka Alaskan Twilight

Let's start things out with the great State of Alaska! Here's a beverage shout out to the Alaskan Glacial Water used to make LEAF Vodka!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. LEAF Vodka made from Alaskan Glacial Water
  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz. orange juice
  • 0.5 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. ginger syrup
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • 1 orange

Directions:  Combine all ingredients in mixing tin. Add ice and shake. Strain over ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with orange slice. Recipe courtesy of LEAF Vodka


LEAF Vodka Mountain Breeze

Another LEAF Vodka shout out! This time to Rocky Mountain Mineral Water!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. LEAF Vodka made from Rocky Mountain Mineral Water
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. honey water syrup
    (half honey, half water)
  • 3 oz. green tea
  • 5 blueberries

Directions: Combine all ingredients in mixing tin. With muddler, bruise blueberries. Add ice and shake. Strain over ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with blueberries. Recipe courtesy of LEAF Vodka


The Quick and Easy LEAF Vodka Taste Test

Nothing starts out a great evening like saying this. "The reason you're all here tonight is to taste test some vodka!" Talk about getting some attention! Here's what we did.

We severed up a small taste of both the Alaskan Glacial Water and Rocky Mountain Mineral water versions of LEAF Vodka and asked for three to four word descriptions. Our group consisted of five people -all of whom fancy a nice vodka based drink. No one knew the brand or any backstory to the vodka. Here's some of the words used to describe both types of LEAF Vodka.

  • "Crisp, very clean."
  • "Lite, not overly 'vodka' tasting."
  • "No cheap aftertaste."
  • "Fresh."

Pick One! Then we asked if there was a notable difference in the flavor of the two samples and to select the one they preferred. The response was five people saying there was a notable difference with three selecting the Alaskan Glacial LEAF Vodka and two selecting the Rocky Mountain Mineral Water LEAF Vodka. Then we made everyone some drinks to celebrate a successful test!


LEAF Vodka Pink Glacier

This recipe was a favorite with our test group. Here's to the LEAF Vodka Pink Glacier!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. LEAF Vodka made from Alaskan Glacial Water
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • .75 oz. simple syrup
  • .75 oz. pink grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 lime wedge

Directions: In a cocktail shaker, combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup, vodka, and ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Add cranberry juice for color. Garnish with a lime. Recipe courtesy of LEAF Vodka


LEAF Vodka Bloody Leaf

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. LEAF Vodka made from Rocky Mountain Mineral Water
  • 4 oz. tomato juice
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • several dashes hot pepper sauce
  • salt-and-pepper-rimmed glass

Directions: In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, and several healthy dashes of hot pepper sauce. Shake and strain into a salt-and-pepper-rimmed glass. Garnish with lemon. Recipe courtesy of LEAF Vodka


LEAF Vodka Alaskan Mule

You can't go wrong with the hard work a mule puts in when it comes to traveling the Alaskan, or Rocky Moutain, country side. Here's a toast to the LEAF Vodka Alaskan Mule!

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. LEAF Vodka made from Alaskan Glacial Water
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • .75 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger
  • 10 blueberries
  • club soda

Directions: In a cocktail shaker, muddle ginger and blueberries. Add lemon juice, simple syrup, and vodka. Shake and finely strain into a rocks glass. Top off with soda. Recipe courtesy of LEAF Vodka


We stress that this taste test was not scientific in any way. In fact, we believe in the fun factor - and the flavor factor, when it comes to testing any beverage! Boy - did we had some fun! The flavor factor was incredible as well. We suggest you sample some LEAF Vodka on your own and check out www.leafvodka.com .

Kent Whitaker

Kent Whitaker, also known as "The Deck Chef," is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He's also penned Young Reader and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill.

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