The awesome folks over at Florida Cane had me and my friend Tracy from Having Fun Saving & Cooking out to their distillery recently. While there we enjoyed a free tasting, and I was given a free bottle of vodka for the purposes of creating a drink, and giving them some social media love. Though the vodka was free, this has not impacted this post. All opinions, and the recipe creation are my own. (Affiliate links may be in the post as well)
Don’t you just love Halloween themed drinks?!? I know I sure do! Below is the TAMP-O-LANTERN cocktail I created for the spooky holiday.
Get it? Like Jack-o’-lantern, but with Tampa in the name. Why Tampa? Because it’s made with a vodka that is home grown, er I mean made in Tampa!
So what’s in this bad boy? I’m so glad you asked, and I’ll gladly tell you because holy smokes this concoction is DEEEEEEElicious!
– 6 oz Florida Cane Vanilla Bean Vodka (add more if you like it stronger)
– 1 scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream
– 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree (this is where the Jack-o’-lantern comes in – ahem!)
– 1/2 cup of crushed ice
– 1/4 cup of sugar
– 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1. Take the 1/4 cup of sugar and pour into a small cup. (You could do this directly on a plate, but I found it easier to do it in a cup)
2. For the orange sugar rim mix 1 drop red food coloring w/ 3 drops of yellow, and stir into 1/4 cup of white table sugar.
3. Pour the lemon juice onto one plate, and the colored sugar onto another.
4. Rim a glass with lemon and sugar. (I adorned my glass with black stickers to look more like a Jack-o’-lantern)
5. Pour the other ingredients (vodka, ice cream, pumpkin and ice) into a blender, and blend until smooth.
6. Finally, pour the smooth drink into the sugar rimmed glass.
7. If you’re feelin frisky stir in more red and yellow food coloring to the drink to get more of an orange color. I added about 2 more red, and 6 more yellow to get this muted orange color for my drink. I wish I had added more for a brighter look, but it didn’t change how yummy it was!
Makes two drinks
Did you make this drink? What did you think?
Huge thanks again to Florida Cane for having me and Tracy from @havingfunsaving out to your location in Ybor City for a fun day of tasting and learning.
The Florida Cane distillery is located at 1820 N 15th Street, Tampa, FL 33605. You can learn about tastings at http://cane-vodka.com/.