Ways to Use Pinnacle Whipped Vodka

Pinnacle Whipped Vodka is one of the best flavored vodkas on the market. Here are a few creative ways to use your bottle.

Ways to Use Pinnacle Whipped Vodka

Flavored vodkas have been around forever, but it's hard to pick out a good one. Some fruity vodkas taste too artificial or too cloyingly sweet, and others taste simply... bad. From its name, most people wouldn't expect whipped cream vodka to be one of the winners, but it really hits the sweet spot of flavor and drinkability. A few distilleries produce whipped cream flavored vodka, but I find the French-made Pinnacle Whipped Vodka to be the crème de la crème. The only issue, really, is trying to figure out what to do with your whipped vodka and what recipes it works well in. Luckily, whipped cream flavored vodka is actually more versatile than you'd expect, working well in a number of delicious applications.

Just drink it straight!

Okay, so drinking vodka straight isn't for everybody. But drinking a tasty flavored vodka like Pinnacle is a good way to explore that realm without feeling like you're drinking rubbing alcohol. A lot of vodka starts out smooth but begins to burn as soon as it hits your throat. The added sweetness of Pinnacle Whipped means it stays smooth the whole way down until you feel the warmth of the alcohol run through your body. Whether you sip it on the rocks or from the freezer or even doing shots, whipped cream vodka is infinitely more palatable than the cheap, plain stuff.

Add it to hot cocoa.

If you're looking for a drinkable dessert that won't spoil your dinner this winter, adding a shot of whipped vodka to a cup of nice hot cocoa is a simply unbeatable flavor combination. The best thing about this simple recipe is that it works just as well with the humble powdered hot chocolate mix as with the finest, homemade hot cocoa. Simply prepare your cocoa of choice and add Pinnacle vodka to taste. Additional marshmallows and whipped cream are optional, but delicious.

Make an Orange Dreamsicle Screwdriver.

The Screwdriver is one of those cocktails that anyone can whip up—you don't need to be a professional mixologist to add a shot of vodka to orange juice, after all. Using Pinnacle Whipped Vodka in place of your garden variety, unflavored vodka takes this simple cocktail to a whole new level by evoking the classic Dreamsicle combination of orange and vanilla cream. Simply add a shot of Pinnacle to a glass of OJ over ice; about a 2:1 ratio of juice to vodka if you want to get technical. If you're wanting to impress somebody, this recipe also makes an excellent blended cocktail. Simply blend the ingredients with ice until you get a nice consistency, and serve topped with a light whip of creamy, homemade whipped cream (Cool Whip and Reddi-wip are also acceptable).

Make a Creamy White Russian.

The White Russian is a humble cocktail that has enjoyed relative popularity since it appeared in the 1998 Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski. While The Dude enjoys the traditional recipe with plain vodka, using Pinnacle Whipped adds pleasant, vanilla notes, which complement one of the best coffee flavored cocktails wonderfully. Pour 2oz of Pinnacle Whipped Vodka and 1oz of your preferred coffee liqueur (Kahlúa is traditional) into a glass filled with ice. Top with a dash (maybe 1oz) of cream, half & half, or milk.

Use it in a hot spiked cider recipe.

There are probably thousands of hot cider recipes out there as it is relatively easy to make it from scratch, and so many of them are so good in their own way that it would be silly of us to confine ourselves to just one recipe. The very basics include buying a big jug of your favorite cider (local cider mills are always the best) and heating it up in a pot with a couple cinnamon sticks. Some recipes call for additional spices like clove, while others call for brown sugar or other sweeteners. Many recipes like to introduce other fruits in the mix like orange juice and/or orange zest. Other recipes call for more unusual ingredients like ginger or butter. I encourage you to try as many of these recipes as possible and find your favorite. When it comes to the liquor component, almost all of these recipes recommend dark spirits like bourbon, brandy, or spiced rum. Next time you make a batch of hot spiked cider, try substituting in some Pinnacle Whipped for a surprisingly tasty and soul-warming beverage.

Make a Whipped Cosmo.

The Cosmopolitan is a surprising drink for many people. The drink soared in popularity when it was prominently featured on Sex and the City, but many who try ordering Carrie Bradshaw's drink of choice are unpleasantly surprised to find that the drink is very alcohol-forward. It's actually a solid cocktail if you know what you're getting into, but it's a bit stiff if you're expecting something sweet. Substituting Pinnacle Whipped Vodka is a great way to soften the blow, and creates a tasty cocktail in its own right. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 1.5oz whipped vodka, 1oz cranberry juice, 0.5oz triple sec, and 0.5oz fresh lime juice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with lime.

Spike a root beer float.

Originating in soda fountains over a hundred years ago, the root beer float is a nostalgic drink to say the least. The classic combination is as easy as plopping a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream into a tall glass and topping it with your choice of soda, but really nothing beats root beer. The addition of whipped vodka to this concoction only serves to improve it by accentuating the vanilla flavors in the soda and ice cream, as well as making the childhood classic more suitable for grownups.

Make a Whipped Vodka Grasshopper.

The Grasshopper is one of the tastiest and most distinctive dessert cocktails around. The blend of Crème de menthe and Crème de cacao topped with cream is basically a drinkable Thin Mint cookie, so there's a lot to love about it. However, like many things in life, the Grasshopper can be improved with vodka. Namely, swapping the cream for Pinnacle Whipped Vodka gives you a stronger, smoother take on the classic. Add a light whip of cream on top for garnish and you have yourself a delectable, drinkable dessert.

Use it to spike your latte.

Adding a shot of liquor to your evening coffee isn't exactly a profound revelation, but using Pinnacle Whipped to spike a mixed espresso beverage opens up a whole new world of flavor. Imagine a pumpkin spice latte with an extra hit of vanilla sweetness and just enough alcohol to warm your spirit on a chilly autumn day. Or, add a shot of flavorful whipped vodka to add some oomph to a peppermint mocha this winter. You may be pleasantly surprised by the results!

Use it whatever way you want!

In addition to adding a flavor shot of vanilla to your favorite fruit juice or hot chocolate for a vodka drink, you can use Pinnacle Whipped Vodka as a substitute for plain vodka or even other alcohols in just about any cocktail you like. The beauty of it is how versatile it can be in the most surprising of applications. Instead of a traditional Espresso Martini or any of the number of Christmas vodka cocktails out there, make them with Pinnacle Whipped. Instead of a traditional rum-based Piña Colada, make it a creamy, whipped Piña Colada. The possibilities are truly endless.

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Joseph D. N. Kendrick
Joseph D. N. Kendrick
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