Monday, May 17, 2010

Naples Fruit Tea Cocktail

There’s no better feeling than good friends & good cocktails.  As luck would have it, I’ve been blessed with many good friends, and many good cocktails.  My dear friend Fro (nickname not related to a hairstyle by any means) works in the liquor business and is always giving us nice gifts.  He brought down some Three Olives Apple Vodka.  The Boy & I took it down with us on a trip to Naples, Florida with our other good friends.  We were unsure of what to do with it.  While flipping through The Boy’s GQ magazine, I came across a recipe for a cocktail I thought we could adapt.  The original recipe called for orange vodka, but I thought the flavors would work with the green apple as well.

I had to change the name of the drink from what was in the magazine, because the original name had a particular brand of orange flavored vodka, and I didn’t use that brand or flavor.  We made it up and drank it while enjoying out time in Naples, so Naples Fruit Tea Cocktail is the name I decided.  Whenever I make this again, I’ll always remember that trip, and THAT FISH The Boy caught.  This drink uses the aforementioned Green Apple Vodka, raspberry tea (we used Diet Snapple), ginger ale, and a lemon.  It combines to produce a drink that is refreshing, and perfect for sipping by the pool.  It’s not a strong drink, like a martini would be, but perfectly refreshing, in a 21+ kind of way.  I think it would be great served at a summer barbecue.  We all really enjoyed this cocktail, and next time I get my hands on green apple vodka, I know just what to do with it.  This would probably work with just about any fruit flavored vodka, such as raspberry, orange, lemon, berry, etc, so try it out!

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Naples Fruit Tea Cocktail

Adapted from Grey Goose L'Orange Raspberry Tea Cocktail, as seen in GQ April 2010

Ingredients:

1 1/2 parts green apple vodka
1 1/2 parts raspberry iced tea
1 1/2 parts ginger ale
lemon wedges
*raspberries would also be a great addition to this drink, especially if they were frozen!

Directions:

In order, add vodka, iced tea, and ginger ale to glass over ice. Stir gently to combine. Squeeze lemon wedge over, and add to drink.

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7 Responses to “Naples Fruit Tea Cocktail”

  1. 1
    Beth — May 17, 2010 @ 7:37 am

    Funny….I went to college with a girl named Fro, and she is in the wine/liquore biz too!

    This looks yummy and so refreshing. I love summer cocktails!!

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    Liesl — May 17, 2010 @ 8:42 am

    This sounds like my kind of cocktail! Next cookout we have you should make it!

  3. 3
    Elina — May 17, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    Ooh, we have all sorts of flavored vodka nips. This would be a perfect cocktail to try!

  4. 4

    That looks so refreshing! I am newly obsessed with the Three Olives brand flavored vodkas – particularly the grape. With club soda, it tastes just like grape soda (so only good if you’re into that, I guess). Also tried cherry and it was great! xxSAS

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    Jessica — May 19, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    What a beautiful picture! This sounds fabulous Erin!

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    peabody — May 22, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

    You can never go wrong with a little vodka. :)

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    Steve — May 28, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

    That looks so refreshing! I am newly obsessed with the Three Olives brand flavored vodkas – particularly the grape. With club soda, it tastes just like grape soda (so only good if you’re into that, I guess). Also tried cherry and it was great! xxSAS

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