Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bottled Apple Green Tea Vodka Punch

You know those cute little apple juice bottles that are shaped like apples?  The little ones that go down in one gulp and are the most delicious apple juice in the world?  I've always fantasized about doing a cocktail and serving it in those cute little bottles - and TODAY IS THE DAY.

When SKYY Vodka asked me to create a cocktail recipe for their SKYY Infusions Honeycrisp Apple, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: a batched apple vodka cocktail that would be perfect for parties all summer long - picnics, garden parties, and rooftop soirées.  This cocktail is amazing because it is made with green tea, so you get a little buzz of caffeine.

This cocktail does take a little bit of prep-work, so plan accordingly and start early.  I recommend prepping the mint simple syrup and the green tea a few hours ahead of time so they have time to cool before you mix everything together.  Extra points for the hostess who has all the cocktails bottled and chilled before the party starts.

Another thing I love about this drink is that you can serve the regular apple juice along with the cocktails and no one feels left out.  Pick up some fancy straws such as the W&P metal straws to serve with the mini apple bottles, and you have a perfect bottled libation, with or without the booze!

Bottled Apple Green Tea Vodka Punch
Created by Gastronomista

Makes 6 bottled cocktails

4 C water
4 Green Tea Bags
1-1/2 cups Apple Juice
1 Cup Mint Simple Syrup (1:1)
1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Cup Sparkling Water
1/4 Cup Apple Brandy
1 Cup SKYY Infusions Honeycrisp Vodka

Fresh Mint to Garnish

Boil the water in a small pot.  Let cool for just a few moments, and then add the green tea bags.  Steep for 5 minutes or so depending on your preference, then remove the tea bags and discard.

In another pot boil 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar until the sugar is dissolved.  Turn off the heat, and add a handful of fresh mint.  Let steep for 10 minutes, then remove the mint leaves and discard.  Transfer to a non-reactive glass bottle for chilling.

In a large pitcher mix all the ingredients together and stir.  Pour into the emptied apple juice bottles, and cap.  Label accordingly, and chill in the refrigerator until party time.

Styling Notes
5" Stainless Steel Straws - W&P

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