The holidays offer the perfect excuse to have nice drinks, and as many of them as possible! This year I was able to get my hands on some supreme quality vodka, and it came with a good cause too. Snow Leopard Vodka is the contribution of entrepreneur and philanthropist Stephen Sparrow, who after learning of the challenges of the communities in the area the snow leopard inhabits and the danger of extinction of the species, came up with the idea of this beverage.
© 2014 Snow Leopard vodka
Appletini (the best version you’ve EVER had)
- 3oz. Snow Leopard vodka
- 2oz. Schönauer Apfel schnapps
- 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
This is a recipe created by the bartenders at the Light Bar, in London’s modern St. Martin’s Lane Hotel. A place that offers cocktails with a European twist, using ingredients like Elderflower liqueurs, champagne and lychee juice. It is worth the work in finding the ingredients.
- 2oz. Snow Leopard vodka
- 12 blueberries
- 2 to 5 bar spoons of damson plum preserves
- 2 bar spoons of honey
- 1/4 oz lemon juice
Muddle the blueberries. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir, then shake with ice and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with blueberries on a stirrer.
Keep in mind that when you purchase a bottle of Snow Leopard vodka, 15% of the cost goes to the species conservation. The company aims to sell 100,000.00 bottles a year. That would provide about $450,000.00 towards conservation. An amazing effort and also utterly delicious.