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Whether you’re a die-hard fan with paint on your face or more of a bystander that just enjoys the game day snacks, there is no denying that football season is upon us…and we’re excited! Fall is the perfect time for trying out new snack and drink recipes and here, we are highlighting seven of our favorite game day vodka cocktails! Grab a bottle of Green Hope and get mixing!
Football is crazy in the south and there are few drinks more loved than a good ol’ southern sweet tea. As good as sweet tea is on its own, spike it with some vodka to make it into a fun game day refresher! This recipe calls for vodka, sweet tea, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and some mint.
Hint: If you use Green Hope Cane Vodka, you can ditch the simple syrup. We’ve got the sweetness covered!
Whether or not you are an Eagles fan is beside the point because these shots are delicious and adorable! By layering Jell-O, cream, and black food coloring with vodka, these little drinks really show off the Eagles color and spirit!
New York is home to two great teams and this apple martini is a fun way to pay homage to these NFL powerhouses. This “appletini” is so easy to make and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with its sour kick and fresh lemon flavor.
Like sweet tea, homemade lemonade is a southern classic that can’t go wrong! First, use this recipe for some delicious lemonade. Then, spike it with some Green Hope Corn Vodka to really take your concoction to the next level! This drink is so versatile, it will go with all of your game day treats!
This recipe was created in 2014 for the Seahawks’ Super Bowl run, but it is just as fun and delicious today! Using lemon juice, vodka, and Midori, you really get the electric blue and green of the team in a beautiful cocktail. Garnish with a lemon and little football helmet and you are ready to rock!
Like the Screamin’ Seahawk, this pretty little drink was thought up for the Denver Broncos’ 2014 Super Bowl game. It features vodka and blue curacao to create an electrifying color to mimic the team’s jerseys! And with an orange slice as garnish, you will really have the Colorado team represented!
Did you know that the Minnesota Vikings are the only NFL team to sport the color purple? Show them your support with this fun and feisty martini, made with vodka and blue curacao.
We don’t need the game to have an excuse to drink martinis, but it sure doesn’t hurt!
You don’t have to be a football pro to sit back, relax, and enjoy these seven game day vodka cocktails. Pair them with your favorite snacks and desserts and you’ve got yourself a perfect football afternoon! As Hank Williams says, “are you ready for some football?!” (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves!)
The beautiful community of Portsmouth, New Hampshire has so much to offer. Local restaurants, craft breweries, and their welcoming energy are just some of our favorites. But what really sets Portsmouth apart is their farmers’ market, a collection of some of the best, freshest local vendors.
The Portsmouth Farmers’ Market is held from May to November and has a wide array of seasonal and year-round products. Rain or shine, a network of local vendors can be found from 8am-1pm on Saturdays. The market features fresh and locally-sourced meats, delicious desserts, just-picked fruits and veggies, and more.
Whether you want to grab an empanada to snack on or are getting all the ingredients you need for your family’s dinners this week, the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market is a must-see.
Let’s highlight some of our favorite things about this community market!
While farmers’ markets aren’t usually the first place people turn to for entertainment, the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market changes that! They have performances from local bands such as The Bog Standard, Bowwow Bones, Barker’s Farm, and more. You can find the whole schedule and lineup here.
What better way to spend a Saturday morning than snacking on some fresh produce, meeting others in your community, and enjoying some live music? Sign us up!
There’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh milk or cheese, and the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market delivers on this deliciousness! One of their vendors, Bell & Goose Cheese Co., shares their freshly made cheese curds, goat cheese, and much, much more. We know what we’re going to be taking home next time we visit!
The Portsmouth Farmers’ Market has so much to offer for the sweet tooth in your family! There’s 45 Market Street Bakery and Cafe, a small business that sells beautiful breads and pastries. There’s Toni’s Donuts, where a family works hard to craft delicious desserts. And of course, there’s Figtree Kitchen, which offers delicious and unique foods carefully prepared with local ingredients. Grab a treat, you deserve it!
You can’t have a farmers’ market without festive bouquets, and the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market has a wide array to choose from! There are sunflowers, succulents, peonies, daisies, and other seasonal picks. One of their regular vendors, White Cedar Farm, provides beautiful bouquets and produce. As they like to say on their Facebook page, they deliver “eggs, lamb, goat, whole hog sausage, spray-free veggies, flowers, and smiles”!
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
As fall approaches, we are so excited about the seasonal picks at the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market! We dream of fresh cocktails made with Green Hope Vodka and locally sourced cranberries, pomegranates, and maybe even a pumpkin or two (that one might need some experimenting!). So many seasonal vodka infusions, so little time!
We believe in shopping local and supporting the small businesses that make up Portsmouth and other wonderful communities. Have you stopped by the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market? What was your favorite pick?
Fall is the season for cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice everything, and creepy crawly Halloween parties! To really wow, try one of these tricky cocktails at your next Halloween party. They are so delicious, it’s scary!
This cocktail is so much fun! Science is put to the test by combining Irish cream with lime juice. With a little trick, you can create realistic looking brains on top of a delicious vodka treat. You have to see it to believe it.
This cocktail is a twist on a childhood favorite. It combines caramel vodka, apple juice, and butterscotch liqueur to create a sweet and sultry treat. Wow your costume party guests this fall with this showstopper.
This cocktail calls for a trip to the party store for some plastic syringes to really set it apart. While the blood orange is delicious, what is really spooky is the presentation! Grab a bottle of Green Hope and some syringes to make it happen.
This cocktail features a vibrant green color, a bubbly magic potion touch, and is wickedly delicious! Grab some vodka, orange and sour apple liqueur, a splash of champagne, and you have yourself a Halloween treat. Garnish with dry ice for a vaporous effect.
This layered cocktail combines orange juice, triple sec, and black vodka (just add some food coloring) for a unique cocktail that is hauntingly cool and provides the “wow” factor your party needs. Garnish with an orange slice dipped in your black vodka for the finishing touch.
This beautiful shot channels the poisonous red underbelly of the black widow by combining cranberry juice and black vodka (again, just add some food coloring!). Garnish a shot glass with red sugar crystals to really add that spooky touch.
Simply combine black vodka (try Green Hope and some food coloring!) and dark cherry juice to create a dark, scary looking cocktail that is mysterious and delicious. Garnish a martini glass with some crushed chocolate cookie crumbs to complete the look.
Not only does this cocktail feature a striking green hue, but it is also garnished with a red slime made out of corn syrup and food coloring! Presentation is everything with these Halloween party cocktails and with the help of some vodka and creativity, your drinks will set the stage!
Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you have to give up on your sweet tooth! While you might not be trick-or-treating, you can enjoy the flavors of an Almond Joy with some Green Hope Vodka and coconut rum.
Nothing says “fall” quite like a perfectly ripe, juicy pomegranate. These gems pack so much flavor and healthy antioxidants, it’s no wonder that they are used in so many food and drink recipes in the fall. Today, we want to share one of our all-time favorite martini recipes, the Pomegranate Martini! This drink is light, refreshing, and oh-so-tasty!
What you will need:
2 ounces of Green Hope Wheat Vodka
A splash of citrus liqueur
2 ounces of pomegranate juice (bonus points if your pomegranate is from a local market!)
A dash of lemon juice
A cocktail shaker
Pour your vodka, liqueur, pomegranate juice, and lemon juice in your cocktail shaker over ice. Cover and shake until the shaker is frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon or orange twist.
This drink is the perfect choice as the weather cools down and we ring in those cozy fall evenings. What is your favorite flavor of martini? We would love to hear your recipes
Cranberries are a beautiful staple of the fall season. Whether they are being used as table decor, are cooked into delicious breads and cakes, or served as the secret ingredient in a refreshing cocktail, these little fruits pack a punch! Mix up your cocktail routine with today’s Cranberry Vodka Spritzer, a fall favorite!
For this recipe, you will create a cranberry simple syrup and combine it with your cocktail recipe.
What you will need for the simple syrup:
1 and a ½ cups fresh cranberries (check out your local farmer’s market for the most delicious ones!)
1 and a ½ cup water
½ cup of organic raw agave
A dash of lime juice
Directions for the simple syrup:
In a small pot, combine your cranberries, water, and agave. Heat the mixture to a boil, and then let it simmer for about 3-4 minutes.
Remove from heat and use a potato masher or muddler to squish the cranberries. Let cool.
Strain the syrup into a bowl. Hint: to get the most syrup out, make sure to press firmly on the cranberries.
Put in the fridge until you are ready to use.
What you will need for the cocktail:
½ cup of your simple syrup
2 ounces of Green Hope Cane Vodka
A dash of lime juice
Directions for the cocktail:
Fill a glass with your ice and pour in the simple syrup, vodka, and lime juice. Top with your club soda. Garnish with fresh cranberries or a lime wedge.
Just like Green Hope Vodka, the Agent Orange is a California-local. And ever since its debut in San Mateo, it has become a popular choice all around the sunshine state and beyond. The main ingredients, orange juice and vodka, give the Agent Orange a zesty kick. Plus, it has fruit in it, so it’s healthy, right?
Agent Orange cocktails are perfect to make at home because they only require a few ingredients. You will need:
1 part Green Hope Wheat Vodka
2 parts orange juice
1 oz orange liqueur
Optional: a splash of carrot juice or some grenadine syrup
Once you’ve gathered all your ingredients, combine the vodka, juice, liqueur, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake the concoction until it’s chilled, pour into a martini glass, and garnish with an orange twist!
This fun and fresh cocktail is so easy and refreshing. A California favorite, it’s perfect for a sunshiny day lounging in the backyard or by the pool.
The Woo Woo is the essence of 1970s glam. It is fresh, fruity, and sweet – the perfect beach BFF! It combines the sour and crisp flavors of cranberry with the nectar of peaches for a tasty combination. Grab a bottle of Green Hope Cane Vodka and craft up this cocktail today!
You will need:
Green Hope Cane Vodka
Just fill a glass with ice, mix in the Schnapps and vodka, stir, and add in some cranberry juice (the more, the sweeter).
This beautiful cocktail can be served in a martini glass, in a highball glass, or even as a pretty, little shot. Garnish with a fresh lime for added appeal and flavor!
Is there anything more perfect than a Saturday or Sunday brunch with friends? And what good is brunch without a tasty cocktail in hand?
Here are 10 of our favorite vodka-based cocktails for any season!
Blood Orange Screwdrivers
Fresh blood orange juice lends to a pretty pink twist on the classic drink. All you need is fresh-squeezed blood orange juice, regular orange juice, Green Hope Vodka, and ice! For the full recipe, check it out here. This drink is fresh, fruity, and totally Instagram-worthy.
A classic favorite, this Bloody Mary recipe is the perfect amount of kick and deliciousness. Wonky Wonderful not only shares their comprehensive recipe, but they also provide some ideas for cool garnishes for your homemade treat. The main ingredients include tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, and vodka.
Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil Spritzer
This recipe is perfect for warmer months or if you just came back from the farmer’s market with a healthy haul of fresh fruits! The juice itself calls for fresh lemon juice, raw sugar, fresh basil leaves, strawberries, kosher salt, and soda water. Add a dash of Green Hope Vodka and you have yourself a refreshing, cooling drink that is just as fun to look at as it is to drink!
Blue Smoke Bloody Mary
If you are a Bloody Mary lover, you will love this fun and contemporary take on the classic. The special ingredient in this recipe is Zatarain’s powdered crab boil. Let us know what you think!
Vodka does really well paired with fresh juices and punches like this one! And this cocktail is so easy to make, it’s a win-win. All you need is some vodka, hibiscus flower pods, and sugar!
Hibiscus, Mint, and Jalapeno Cocktail
Okay, one more hibiscus cocktail. This one is a little more funky and even more delicious! The kick of the jalapeno really complements the sweet nature of the hibiscus, and mint is always a refreshing touch on any cocktail. This is a warm weather treat if we have ever seen one!
This cocktail is so fun because it combines two unlikely ingredients, almond syrup and vodka! Using a citrus-flavored vodka, club soda, and almond flavors, it’s sure to delight and surprise.
Tipsy Sweet Tea
Channel your inner Southern Belle with this homemade sweet tea recipe and pair it with vodka for an extra punch. Simple to make, simple to enjoy!
This beautiful cocktail is the Bloody Mary’s fun, tropical best friend! Using yellow or sun-gold tomatoes instead of the classic tomato juice, it has the same flair as the classic but adds an extra twist. Garnish with small tomatoes and celery stalks for a picture-perfect treat!
Strawberry, Grapefruit, and Chamomile Brunch Punch
This recipe calls for bourbon, but we tried it with vodka and it was even more delicious! The subtle notes of chamomile are calming and the citrus kick of grapefruit is a wonderful complement. It is light, refreshing, and the perfect brunch BFF.
What vodka cocktails have you tried? We would love to hear all about your favorite recipes!
Good, small-batch vodka is the perfect base for homemade vodka infusions. These infusions can be used in craft cocktails, as an extra special ingredient, or all on their own! Check out our top five DIY vodka infusions below.
Fig, Vanilla Bean, and Cardamom Infusion
Figs are totally in season and this infusion is a sweet treat for any cocktail! Plus, it’s so easy to make! All you need is some vodka, fresh organic figs, vanilla beans, dried cardamom pods, and the jars to store your infusion.
Simply add all the ingredients to a jar, let your concoction sit in the fridge for about a week, strain, and serve. Check out Tasty Yummies for some cocktail recipes to try with your new vodka infusion.
Vodka Infused Watermelon
This recipe is quick, easy and perfect for warm weather! All you need is a nice ripe watermelon and some good vodka, (hint hint Green Hope). Plus, add a cute little mason jar or pretty drink dispenser for Instagram-worthy servings.
Gather your watermelon, sugar, and vodka. Slice your watermelon into cubes, add about a tablespoon of sugar, and fill a mason jar or similar jar to the top with vodka. Shake it up and set it in the fridge for a few days and your delicious cocktail will be good to go in no time! Props to Simply Tangerine for this delicious recipe.
Pickle Infused Vodka
This recipe might not be for everyone, but pickle lovers everywhere rejoice!
For this infusion choose both high-quality vodka and high-quality pickles and pickled veggies. Your batch will reflect the quality of ingredients you work with (aka cheap alcohol makes a cheap infusion!). Foodie Crush shares the complete recipe for this unique drink. Plus, in addition to being delicious on the rocks, this pickle infused vodka would make an awesome base for a Bloody Mary.
Blueberry Infused Vodka (and a Frozen Lemonade Recipe!)
Okay, back to the sweeter side of things. This blueberry infused vodka and frozen lemonade is a match made in heaven and makes the perfect complement for backyard barbeques all year long. All you need for the infusion is some fresh, organic blueberries (try your local farmer’s market!) and some Green Hope Wheat Vodka. It will take 24-36 hours to infuse and once it’s ready, you can add it to the lemonade recipe found here. Garnish with some frozen blueberries and you have yourself a party!
Oolong, Mango, and Orange Infusion
This is a funky mix for those that want their drinks with a splash of zen! Using high-quality oolong tea and vodka, simply add tea (either loose leaf or bagged), sliced mango or orange zest, and vodka to a jar and let it infuse for about two days, mixing at least once a day. If you want your mix sweeter, add more fruit.
Our vodka is delicious straight out of the bottle, but is even more special as one of these vodka infusions. Which one was your favorite?