Bloody Brain Shot

Talk about some Halloween goodness right here! This scary-looking shot is achieved through the magic of curdling. Yup, curdling. 

With a little acidity in the Pickers Vodka base, the cream of the Blue Chair Bay Banana Cream Rum creates the look of a brain sitting at the bottom of the shot glass. But, despite the look, it's actually pretty darn tasty!

The trick to the look is using a straw to slowly drop the rum into the glass. When done, a few drops of grenadine add the remaining 'gross factor' perfect for any spooky occasion. 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
shot glass

ingredients:

1 oz Pickers Vodka
.5 oz Barsmith Lime Juice (or Rose's Lime)
.5 oz Blue Chair Bay Banana Cream Rum
a few drops of grenadine

method:

Combine the vodka and lime with ice and shake briefly to chill. Strain into shot glass. Using a straw, drop the banana cream rum into the glass to create a 'brain' in the glass. Add a few drops of grenadine and serve.

Blue Flame

We couldn't make cocktails for the 4th of July weekend without making a blue one, could we? Of course not.

Though it's not actually blue, Pickers Blueberry Vodka is made with real fruit, so the blueberry (which we notice is really more like a purple berry) is definitely the star of the show with this one. Pickers is made right here in Nashville with non-gmo corn, so it's naturally gluten free (and also really delicious). They also have the original and a really tasty Blood Orange Vodka, also made with real fruit. 

But the color had to come from somewhere, so we put a full ounce of blue curacao in this puppy. But don't go thinking just because it's bright blue that it's going to be too sweet. Pickers is just lightly sweetened and we mixed this simple drink with plenty of club soda, so it's light and refreshing - just what you need for a summer cocktail!

 

equipment:

cooler or tumbler glass

ingredients:

2 oz Pickers Blueberry Vodka
1 oz blue curacao
6 oz club soda or seltzer
cherry for garnish


method:

Add the Pickers and blue curacao to your glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and stir lightly to combine. Garnish and serve.


Scarlett O'Hara

Folks who came to our "Drink Local" event in March had a chance to get the first taste of a yet-to-be-released local product, Pickers Vodka. It was presented in true top-secret format, without a label on the bottle, as it was not released until earlier this month.

Made right here in Nashville with non-gmo corn, it's distilled 11 times with a state-of-the-art column distillation process that allows the folks over at SPEAKeasy Spirits Distillery to fine-tune the temperature within half a degree. That might seem trival, but it helps make sure that the final result is clean and pure. And since it's made with corn, it's also naturally gluten free. 

But what really got our attention about Pickers Vodka is the FLAVOR! Made with real fruit, the two flavors they've release so far, Blueberry and Blood Orange, redefine the category of flavored vodkas. The taste is of fresh fruit (not chemicals like many others!) and is barely sweetened. 

Lucky for us, they're bringing back their Blood Orange vodka to our "Tres de Mayo" 3st of the Month. And this time, it has the label on it.

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
martini glass

ingredients:

3 oz Pickers Blood Orange Vodka
.5 oz Collins Cordials Triple Sec
1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
strip of lemon zest for garnish


method:

Pre-chill your martini glass before getting started. Combine all liquid ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and shake for 15 seconds to chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Express the oils from the lemon zest over glass before adding to the rim to garnish.