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Three Cocktail Recipes With Unexpected Ingredients

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Egg whites, beets, pumpkin pie spice—no, we're not starting our Thanksgiving shopping list early. We're stocking up our bar cart. Some of the best cocktails go beyond the standard seltzer, lemon, and lime gang. In fact, some are downright weird. But don't let these unexpected ingredients fool you, these cocktails are worth sipping and sharing.

Autumn Sangria
2 bottles HobNob Chardonnay
1 cup vanilla vodka
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups apple cider
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 apples
2 pears
1 orange

Directions: Combine the vodka, sugar, apple cider, and pumpkin pie spice in a large pitcher and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Chop fruit (apples, pears, orange), add to mix, and marinate overnight. Add chilled Chardonnay. Serve over ice and enjoy! (Makes 15 servings)

Beet the Mammoth
2 oz. Mamont Vodka
Spray of dry vermouth 
1 egg white
1 tablespoon beet juice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
Sprig of dill 

Directions: Boil the beets, let cool, and juice. Next, chill a coupe glass with ice and water, making sure to pour out the water when the glass is frosty. Spray the inside of the coupe with the dry vermouth. Into a shaker, add the egg white and the lemon juice. Dry shake hard for 15 seconds. Add ice to fill 3/4 and then add the beet juice and the Mamont Vodka to the shaker. Re-cap and shake hard for at least 15 more seconds. Double strain the drink into the pre-chilled, dry vermouth-sprayed coupe, and garnish with the dill! (This recipe comes directly from Warren Bobrow,  a five-time author, journalist, and Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award Nominee!)

Classic Vodka Soda with Jam and Herbs
2 oz. New Amsterdam Vodka
3 oz. club soda
Spoonful of favorite jam 
Double Old Fashion rocks glasses

Directions: Add ingredients into a Double Old Fashion rocks glass filled with ice. Stir in desired jam. Garnish with desired herb and enjoy! See below for a quick guide to pairing your jam with your herbs:

-  Apricot Jam with fresh thyme

-  Blackberry Jam with fresh mint

-  Strawberry Jam with fresh basil

-  Raspberry Jam with fresh rosemary


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