Combine the Smirnoff vodka, triple sec, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a frosted cocktail glass. Rub the rim with orange zest (if desired) and drop it into the glass. Serve.
Making it better
posted by Shane Cooper @ 12:19AM, 6/04/06
If you like mixed drinks but like it to be lite, a change that I have found helpful is making it 1/2 ounce of each liquor, 2 1/2 ounces of juice, and lemon instead of lime. This gives it a weaker more fruity taste perfect for a late night drink or a social hour drink.
Absolut is so much better
posted by Zakk @ 03:14AM, 8/09/07
There is vodka and then there is Absolut. it's kind of like theres beer and then there's Corona, or tequilla and Jose Cuervo. Use Absolut 100 instead of Smirnoff, frost the rim, and garnish with a lime, then you have a killer cocktail.
What? Zakk's a fool.
posted by Dicknose @ 07:37PM, 10/04/07
Vodka is pure ethanol and water. Anybody who spends big bucks on Vodka is a advertising programmed idiot.
Corona? Tastes like miller. Worst beer on the planet. (Hint. If you need to cover the taste of your beer with lime, its bad beer.)
Cuervo? Not even 100% agave. Rotgut. Try Patron or Cabo-Wabo. Those are amazing, like good brandy.
Anyhow, I'm going back to researching chick drinks.
Absolut makes absolutely no difference
posted by Dimitri @ 01:06PM, 11/22/07
It's amazing how folks fall for dumb advertising. Absolut makes a good vodka, but you'll never be able to tell the difference in a cocktail and you probably wouldn't tell the difference in a taste test.
Have fun with your friends: go buy four or five vodkas ranging from the cheapest brand you can find at the supermarket, Smirnoff, Stoli, Absolut and, if you want to regret it later, a high-priced super-premium. Pop all the bottles in the freezer (not the best way for super premium but that's what most people do).
Get some of your friends together and pour out equal portions into shot glasses marked on the bottom with numbers, so you know which vodka went into each glass and then mix them up so the taste-test is blind.
Have your friends rank the vodkas in order of their preference. About half the time the cheapest vodka will end up on top or near the top or at least beat the most expensive one.
I've done this with whiskies (amazing how many people choose Johnny Walker Red over the Blue in a blind test) and other booze. It's a fun thing to do and show just how much advertising works on both weak-minded and smart.
I guess it goes without saying that diluting the vodka into a cocktail would give even more random results....
posted by Meg @ 06:37PM, 1/13/08
Actually vodka isn't pure ethanol, more like 40%. The more high quality vodkas have been more highly filtered to remove compounds which make cheaper vodkas taste bad. I do agree for some vodkas/liquors, your are just paying for the label, but more often than not the pricier liquors do taste better.
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