The Green Leprechaun

This one will be a favorite of anyone who likes a Vodka Tonic.  The recipe is easy and the rewards are great!  One of the keys to any St. Patrick’s day drink is the color – and while the Seven Jars Pickleback Vodka provides a natural green color, the ratio of clear tonic water does take some of the green out.  For the real Irish green, you can add a drop of green food color.  OR you can just drink it so fast that no one really notices the color…

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The Green Leprechaun
A tasty (and colorful) variation on the traditional Vodka Tonic...
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  1. Keep in mind that most people will NOT want to muddle the mint in this recipe. You may want to experiment for yourself, but the traditional recipe calls for first adding ice to a tonic glass. Then pour the Seven Jars Pickleback Vodka over the ice, topping off with the Tonic Water. Stir and garnish with the mint and lime wheel.

The Shamrock Leaf

Although we specifically crafted this cocktail for St. Patrick’s day, you can enjoy it anytime of the year!  This is one of those drinks that surprises everyone.  If you want to put on a show, follow the recipe and create a drink that magically transitions shades of color.  Once stirred, it will be a rich, vibrant green.  The REAL surprise comes when you taste the drink – light, refreshing and something totally unexpected in flavor!  This is one you want to be sure to have in your cocktail arsenal!!


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The Shamrock Leaf

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  1. Fill a Hurricane or Parfait glass with ice. Pour the Seven Jars Rum, Seven Jars Pickleback Vodka and Blue Curacao over the ice. Stir to mix. GENTLY top off with Orange Juice; this will make a layered effect of blended colors in the glass. Stirring will produce a brilliant green color! Garnish with an orange slice.

Kamikaze

A Seven Jars Special Recipe

Fortunately, the Bootlegger’s variation is actually a popular cocktail in itself, and utilizes our Seven Jars Vodka. Many people are unaware of the fact that that this popular drink is actually just a Margarita made with Vodka instead of tequila! There are other slight differences, depending on where you order it though. In some locations, a Kamikaze is served as a shot in a shot glass. Others differentiate the Kamikaze from the Margarita by serving in a martini style glass instead of a lowball glass. Most every version of the Kamikaze deletes the kosher salt rim (as does ours) but that is truly optional. All of the choices are up to you, but we are offering this version as a true variation on the traditional Margarita by simply substituting our Seven Jars Vodka for the tequila.

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  1. Prepare a lowball cocktail glass by first chilling the glass, then fill the glass with fresh ice. Add the lime juice, Triple Sec and Seven Jars Vodka together in a stainless shaker, fill with ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Margarita

A Seven Jars Special Recipe

As promised, here is the second classic cocktail that does not use a Seven Jars product. Tequila is not only unique in its flavor (and effects!) it is also something we could not produce even if we DID have a recipe from The Bootlegger. All tequila must come from Mexico, and more specifically produced from blue agave grown in certain regions of Mexico including Tequila and parts of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. By law, any spirits produced from Blue Agave plant outside this region is simply classified as “Blue Agave Spirits”. Yet a classic drink list would be remiss to not include this popular cocktail. Fortunately, the Bootlegger’s variation is actually a popular cocktail in itself, and utilizes our Seven Jars Vodka.

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  1. Prepare a lowball cocktail glass by first chilling the glass, then wetting the rim and dipping in the kosher salt. Fill the glass with fresh ice. Add the lime juice, Triple Sec and Tequila together in a stainless shaker, fill with ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into the prepared glass, taking care to not wash the salt off the rim. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Strawberry Cosmopolitan

A Seven Jars Special Recipe

We already admitted that the Cosmopolitan made this list largely due to this variation. Substituting strawberry shrub for cranberry juice is a great way to change virtually ANY drink into something totally new and different. However, when done with a Cosmopolitan, you create something that will have your friends raving about your talent and knowledge – not to mention having them coming back for more!

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Strawberry Cosmopolitan
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  1. In a stainless shaker, combine the the lime juice, Contreau, Seven Jars Vodka. Add a dash of the strawberry shrub; fill with ice. Shake thoroughly, chilling the mixture. Pour through a strainer into a Martini glass. Take a peel of lemon rind and while squeezing over the top of the cocktail, lightly singe the orange peel. Properly done, this produces a flash of flame (be careful not to burn yourself!) that will impress your friends and certify you in their minds as a highly skilled mixologist! For the less daring, you can substitute a lime wheel for the lemon peel!

Cosmopolitan

A Seven Jars Special Recipe

So there is some credibility to the argument that the Cosmopolitan cannot be considered a “classic” cocktail, certainly not in a list of drinks that were popular in a prohibition era. However, we are including it in this list simply because of the variation! The Strawberry Cosmopolitan utilizes a strawberry shrub, which was very popular during prohibition (and in fact long before that due to lack of adequate refrigeration). SO, even though the Cosmopolitan didn’t really come about until sometime in the 1980’s, when made with Seven Jars Vodka it is so good, and so popular among the ladies that we felt it deserved a place in this collection.

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  1. In a stainless shaker, combine the the lime juice, Contreau, Seven Jars Vodka. Add a dash of Cranberry Juice; fill with ice. Shake thoroughly, chilling the mixture. Pour through a strainer into a Martini glass. Take a peel of lemon rind and while squeezing over the top of the cocktail, lightly singe the orange peel. Properly done, this produces a flash of flame (be careful not to burn yourself!) that will impress your friends and certify you in their minds as a highly skilled mixologist! For the less daring, you can substitute a lime wheel for the lemon peel!

Pickled Martini

A Seven Jars Special Recipe

A MUST TRY if you like a Dirty Martini – and it will change the way you think about “dirty” drinks. We take the classic Dirty Martini recipe and substitute Seven Jars Pickleback Vodka for the Vodka!

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Pickled Martini (Seven Jars Pickleback Vodka & Vermouth)
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  1. Frost a martini glass in the freezer or refrigerator. (alternatively fill martini glass with ice, add water while mixing drink) In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin and vermouth. Shake vigorously until the drink is thoroughly chilled. Pour the ice water out of the martini glass and shake any excess water from the glass. Strain the drink into the martini glass. Garnish with the THREE olives and serve.

Vodka Martini

A Seven Jars Special Recipe


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Vodka Martini (Seven Jars Vodka & Vermouth)

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  1. Frost a martini glass in the freezer or refrigerator. (alternatively fill martini glass with ice, add water while mixing drink) In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the Seven Jars Vodka and vermouth. Shake vigorously until the drink is thoroughly chilled. Pour the ice water out of the martini glass and shake any excess water from the glass. Strain the drink into the martini glass. Garnish with olive and serve.

The Pickled Mary

THIS is the secret to a GREAT Bloody Mary!

Pickled Mary featuring Seven Jars Pickleback Vodka, this unique variation introduces a Southern favorite combination – pickles and tomatoes. You can also substitute your favorite Bloody Mary Mixer instead!

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The Pickled Mary
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  1. Mix all ingredients into a non-reactive (no aluminum, cast iron or unlined copper) container. Stir vigorously; refrigerate until chilled, preferably overnight. Add ice to highball glass; pour 2 oz Seven Jars Pickleback Vodka over ice. Fill glass with Bloody Mary Mix.

Bloody Mary

A Seven Jars Special Recipe

(Seven Jars Vodka) Okay, so there are two ways to do this one; you can make it from scratch, or you can buy a mix. If you choose to go with the mix, the recipe is simple; 2 oz of Seven Jars Vodka to 8 oz of mix. (Our all-time favorite in this category is McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix) If you want to make your own, here is the classic formula for success:

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Bloody Mary(Seven Jars Vodka)
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  1. Mix all ingredients into a non-reactive (no aluminum, cast iron or unlined copper) container. Stir vigorously; refrigerate until chilled, preferably overnight. Add ice to highball glass; pour 2 oz Seven Jars Vodka over ice. Fill glass with Bloody Mary Mix