Friday Night Cocktails for National Chocolate Week

This week, Britain has been celebrating all things sweet throughout this year’s National Chocolate Week where every self-respecting chocoholic can, and has indulged in every imaginable form of chocolate. Come Friday night why not continue to enjoy chocolate but this time with a real twist, all courtesy of the mixologists at Russian Standard Vodka who have dreamt up this deliciously pleasurable range of chocolate cocktails.

Combining the smooth indulgence of chocolate with a luxurious base of Russian Standard Vodka Original, it’s the perfect way to kick off a week of cocoa based extravagance! You’ll be in chocolate heaven. Check out the recipes below…

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50ml Russian Standard Vodka Original
100ml freshly squeezed orange juice
25ml crème de cacao
To serve: Slice of orange, a twist of rind & grated chocolate

Shake the Russian Standard Vodka, crème de cacao and fresh orange in a cocktail mixer then pour over ice into a chilled hi-ball glass, add the freshly squeezed orange juice and garnish with a slice of orange and a twist of rind.

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50ml Russian Standard
20ml Creme de Cacao
30ml Fresh Cream

Pour Creme de Cacao and Russian Standard over ice and stir gently. Float fresh cream on top.

Russian Standard Vodka Original owes its name and quality to scientist Dmitri Mendeleev’s classic formula, commissioned by Tsar Alexander III. Its optimum balance and purity make it perfect alone or at the heart of a magnificent cocktail.

Step up the celebrations this National Chocolate Week 11th and 17th of October!

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RSV Originals Presents 6 Nights of Free Live Music

Russian Standard Vodka has released its winter festival line up for members of the Russian Standard Vodka Originals programme. The festival is to include six exclusive free gigs across London and Edinburgh, featuring Plan B, The Hoosiers, Kelis, White Lies and Paloma Faith.

The festival will kick off with a bang on the 14th November 2010 at the HMV Picture House in Edinburgh and run for three nights featuring Plan B, The Hoosiers and White Lies consecutively.  There will then be three consecutive live gigs from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kelis, The Hoosiers and Paloma Faith at the HMV Forum in London from the 29th November.

Attending one of these amazing gigs couldn’t be easier. On purchase of a bottle of Russian Standard Vodka, consumers are simply required to visit www.rsvoriginals.co.uk and either register the on-pack privilege card number or if there is no privilege card on-pack, the bottle’s batch code to become a member of the Russian Standard Vodka Originals programme, where they will be offered the amazing opportunity to attend a free gig with a friend by entering the draw.

Those who register will also receive Russian Standard Vodka privilege cards which will provide them with a host of benefits and information on future Russian Standard Vodka Originals events. For those not lucky enough to win a pair of tickets to these gigs, there will be access to other opportunities by revisiting the Russian Standard Vodka Originals website regularly.

Russian Standard Vodka is steeped in Russian heritage; it is based on the vodka formula created by illustrious scientist Dmitri Mendeleev and is produced with premium Russian ingredients which are distilled at Russian Standard Vodka’s state-of-the-art distillery in St Petersburg.

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Russian Standard Vodka Originals Pop-up Party in Soho

When I was invited to attend the Russian Standard Vodka Originals Pop-up Bar Party at the Vinyl Factory on Poland Street in London’s Soho, held last Thursday, I naturally jumped at the chance!  An evening of fabulous, chilled Russian vodka cocktails (The Russian Tea being my personal favourite – bringing back all the flavours and aromas of the Russian samovar, zakuski feasts and the iciest, driest vodka) combined with music from DJ Mr Hudson, Tim from the Filthy Dukes and Sam Bell and a fantastic crowd made for one of the best nights I’ve had out in a long time.

Check out a little video compilation from the event below…

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To see photographs from the event click here!

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Russian Standard – Golden Summertime Iced Tea

Golden Summertime Iced TeaSo far, the weather in London has proved particularly promising.  With sunshine comes the desire for a sweet, cool, refreshing beverage, preferably enjoyed while basking in sunshine, be it in the city or in the countryside.  However, sometimes drinking the same old Cosmo, Pimm’s or G&T just won’t do.

Being a lover of all things Russian it appeared it was time to experiment with a little cocktail-making.  Combining the Russians’ passion for tea and the unbridled joy delivered by a few daily doses of vodka seems like a natural fusion.  Invest in a bottle of Russian Standard Gold, brand new for 2010, a smooth, rich vodka, with a pure taste and notes of honey, vanilla and almond.  Then just follow some simple instructions (below) and you’ll be able to indulge in as many delicious Golden Summertime Iced Teas as you desire!

For added authenticity, serve in a Russian tea glass – you’ll soon be transported to a lively train hurtling through the countryside between Moscow and St Petersburg, or indeed better yet, a grand ball reminiscent of the era of powerful Tsars such as Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great or Tsarina Catherine the Great!

Instructions

Combine the following

45ml Russian Standard Gold

60ml peach puree

90ml strong black tea (invest in a small box of Russian Caravan Tea from Whittard)

15ml honey water (you can create your own with a dollop of runny honey dissolved into warm water)

15ml lemon juice

Shake with ice and strain, garnishing with a slice of white peach and crushed ice

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Russian Zakuski Part IV: Vodka

Russian Standard Vodka & Shot Glasses
Russian Standard Vodka & Shot Glasses

In the 10th Century Prince Vladimir the Great of Kievan Rus’ wanted to abandon paganism in favour of a more modern religion.  In the Primary Chronicle it is said Vladimir sent emissaries out to investigate alternatives.  When the emissaries returned and relayed what they had found out about Judaism, Christianity and Islam it is believed Vladimir rejected the option of Islam saying, ‘Rus’ loves to drink, we cannot be without it.’

Mead, kvas and beer met the imbibing demands of the Kievan Rus’ until the late 14h Century when spirits became available, probably via the Baltic.  However, there is some confusion over what exactly was available, vino being used to describe sprits distilled only once (unlike vodka) and also wine.  According to one Soviet historian, there seemed a complete absence of information on drinks like present-day vodka and if one is to believe written sources, only spread to Russia in the 16th Century.

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