I recently moved to Houston, Texas from the East Coast and quickly learned that the Lone Star State has an abundance of two natural resources: southern hospitality and heat. The locals’ idea of a “cold” winter’s day is a semi-cloudy February afternoon when the mercury reluctantly dips down into the 70s. I’m melting down here, people! Personally, I find the worst part about the sweltering weather is entertaining company during the summer. If we’re going to be having a backyard BBQ in Satan’s armpit, then I need to make sure my refreshing drink game is on point. So when I was asked by Stoli Vodka to create a summer cocktail recipe with their new Stoli Crushed line, it was like the abundantly-air-conditioned gates of Heaven opened up. Completely inspired by their delicious Pineapple and Ruby Red Grapefruit flavors, I whipped up the Smoky Pineapple Fresca cocktail recipe.
Smoky Pineapple Fresca
1 ¾ ounces of Stoli Crushed Pineapple Vodka
½ ounce of mezcal
Dash of grapefruit juice
Dash of lime juice
1 teaspoon of honey
1 fresh basil leaf (chopped)
3-4 chunks of pineapple
- Muddle the pineapple chunks and chopped basil leaf in a wine glass.
- Add the mezcal, lime juice, grapefruit juice, Stoli Crushed Pineapple Vodka, and honey.
- Top with ice and stir generously with a bar spoon. Enjoy!
Let’s walk this through step-by-step, shall we? Muddle the pineapple chunks and chopped basil leaf in a wine glass.
Add 1/2 ounce of mezcal…
Add a dash of lime juice…
Add a dash of grapefruit juice…
Add 1 3/4 ounces of Stoli Crushed Pineapple Vodka…
… and finally add 1 teaspoon of honey.
Top with ice and stir generously with a bar spoon.
I couldn’t think of a more appropriately refreshing way to utilize Stoli Crushed. Frescas are notoriously rejuvenating on a steamy day because they are a perfectly chilled, fruity concoction. And just saying the word “fresca” lowers your body temperature by 10 degrees. Really, it’s science. Stoli Crushed is the perfect vodka for backyard entertaining on a hot summer’s day because it is the first premium, imported vodka with real fruit juice. The smooth, high-quality vodka is made with naturally gluten-free ingredients that include corn and buckwheat, and then blended with real pineapple and grapefruit juice. So make sure to pick up a pick up a few bottles of Stoli Crushed Pineapple and Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka for your next steamy backyard BBQ… they work wonderfully in a cocktail (like today’s!) or on-the-go, simply over crushed ice and club soda. Now if you don’t mind me, me and my fresca are going to have a little alone time.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stoli. The opinions and text are all mine.