By The Lady
As this is our last date with Small Mouth Vodka, we thought it would be rather romantic if we took it to see the sun go down. With our first taste of the adorable Small Mouth, we went for a classic. For the second, we opted for something with a bit more of a buzz. We’ll admit, this next one is a strong drink which packs a punch, but by gosh it was delicious. And, in our opinion, the perfect way to finish off Small Mouth Week. We’d like to introduce you to … Small Sunset.
We used :
85mL Small Mouth Vodka (We are aware that this is a lot of vodka. Stay with us … )
40mL Orange, Kiwi Fruit & Cayenne Shrub (super secret recipe made by The Gentleman)
10mL Organic Ginger Syrup by The Ginger People
2 Dashes of Mister Bitters Pink Grapefruit & Agave Bitters
Lots of ice
1 dash of Cawsey’s Grenadine
Orange peel to garnish
Shake your vodka, shrub, ginger syrup, bitters and ice in a cocktail shaker. Leave a few ice cubes aside for the end. Strain your drink out into a glass without the ice cubes used in the shaker. Put two or so fresh ice cubes in your drink. Carefully and slowly pour the grenadine over the back of a spoon into your drink. You should get a look where the red colour sits at the bottom of the glass and fades upwards. If you haven’t done this before, I would suggest doing a test run with a glass of water so you can practise. At the very end, add your orange peel by twisting it before placing it on the surface of the drink. This will help release some of the orange smell and flavour.
So, we’ll admit, this is a lot of vodka. But, to be honest, because Small Mouth is such a high quality vodka, it tastes quite delicious. We thought it tasted quite smooth and not overly boozy at all. If you were to use a cheaper or low quality vodka, I would suggest using less, perhaps 60mL instead. Also, if you don’t have access to purchase shrubs, or don’t know how to make it, you could use orange juice with a pinch of cayenne pepper instead. Overall, the drink was very delicious, and was a very pretty looking drink. The drink has a very nice mouth feel, really coating your tongue with all the powerful flavours we’ve got going on. It wasn’t quite as intense as the Señor Shrub, which left your mouth buzzing with flavour 5 minutes after you’d taken a mouthful, but there was definitely some magic happening. All the flavours went well together, and the orange peel at the end was a lovely touch to accentuate the orange flavours (kudos to us).
We’re a little sad to be ending Small Mouth Week, but we have a feeling this is not the end for us. The possibilities are endless with Small Mouth Vodka, and we think there is a future for us together, an oh so boozy future. In moderation of course ;).
Disclaimer: The Cocktail Challenge was provided a free sample bottle of Small Mouth Vodka for this article. Although this post is sponsored all opinions are our own. Thanks again to Small Mouth Vodka for supplying us with this sample and giving us an opportunity to get to know their vodka.