Talk about perfect timing. EFFEN just released a brand new flavored vodka, perfect for those hot lazy summer days and especially nights. The Dutch brand is one of the first super-premium vodka companies to add cucumber to their lineup. EFFEN Cucumber Vodka joins the company’s other two popular flavors- Dutch Raspberry and Black Cherry. Personally, I think adding a tinge of cucumber to vodka is a brilliant idea. During the summer months, one of my favorite things to do is add cucumber to a jar of water. It’s not only delicious but refreshing at the same time. Would adding cucumber have the same effect on EFFEN’s vodka? Keep reading to check out our review.
EFFEN may sound like a four-letter word, but translated it means smooth and even in Dutch. Those two words couldn’t describe the premium vodka any more perfectly. Over the weekend, we hosted a dinner party and served EFFEN Cucumber Vodka cocktails to our guests. As a side note, Patrick and I cooked the meal courtesy of Hell’s Kitchen winner Holli’s recipes. We saw her put on a cooking demonstration during our stay at the B Hotel Fort Lauderdale and thought we’d try it out. For anyone who knows us, we’re not exactly chefs. In fact, our respective partners do most of the cooking in our relationships. I digress.
While we whipped up our dinner, we offered up EFFEN Cucumber Vodka to our guests. Every single one commented how delicious it smelled. Initially, we served it up on the rocks and it was a huge hit. Everyone liked how the splash of cucumber gave the vodka a little extra swagger. When I first tasted it, I also became smitten. I loved the clean and crisp taste. I couldn’t wait to add the cucumber-flavored vodka to my favorite cocktails. It’s a brilliant way of giving vodka a modern twist without coming off gimmicky. A stylish way to spice up the drink menu at your next gathering. TRUST. Your guests will be impressed. Plus the bottle is pretty sexy and looks great sitting in your liquor cabinet.
It’s probably worth nothing that despite the label, EFFEN Cucumber Vodka isn’t comprised solely by the vegetable. It’s a combination of natural cucumber flavors and vanilla. A smart move considering some people find cucumber can have a sharp bitter taste. Cucumber and vanilla, a perfect match made in liquor heaven. EFFEN came up with custom recipes that bring out the best in their new flavored vodka. My personal favorite of the two is EFFEN Cucumber Coconut Palm. Try it and I’m sure you’ll love it too. Check out both recipes below.
1½ parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
1½ parts Coconut Water
1 Small Kiwi or Half of a Large Kiwi, peeled
¾ parts Lemon Juice
¾ parts Simple Syrup
Method: Combine ingredients, squeezing or muddling the kiwi, into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain and pour into a tall glass with ice.
1 ½ parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
¾ parts simple syrup
3 leaves of Basil
1 ½ parts club soda
Method: Combine all ingredients, except club soda, to a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain it into a tall glass with ice. Add club soda and garnish with cucumber and basil leaf.
2 parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
2 Basil Leaves, torn
4 parts Tomato Juice
¾ part Bloody Mary Seasoning
Method: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake. Pour into a serving glass with ice and garnish with a lime wheel and fresh basil leaf.
EFFEN Vodka is made from a modified, century-old Dutch recipe featuring premium wheat. Most vodkas are produced from grapes, potatoes or corn, however it’s the wheat used to make EFFEN which creates it’s smooth taste on the palette. For more info or drink recipes head over to http://www.effenvodka.com/.