Earlier this week we featured Yazi, a ginger infused vodka from Hood River Distillers. Yazi is a sweet and spicy elixir with a ginger flavor intended to be aphrodisiac. Its flavors welcome blending into spicy and citrusy cocktails. So we couldn’t just run a feature on the spirit without offering a Yazi cocktail recipe.
A spicy vodka drink for a romantic evening
The drink is called Mischief! and we think it’s an ideal Yazi cocktail for a playful night for two. Forget streaming movies, your night is about to get mischievous. We love that it incorporates fresh citrus, (which makes our list of the 10 Best Foods for Women).
We like that it is a simple but spicy vodka cocktail, that’s not too sweet. (The sweetness comes from just a dash of simple syrup. More on that later…) The intention is to show off the vodka’s infusion of four types of ginger.
Of course, when you’re making these spicy vodka drinks for two, it is important to keep in mind that without sugary juices or syrups, this cocktail is a potent one. So be sure to serve these ginger cocktails in moderation.
How do you make simple syrup
You will need to have simple syrup on hand to make this cocktail. And as the name implies, making simple syrup couldn’t be easier. To make a basic simple syrup, dissolve one part sugar into one part boiling water. (So for example, 1/2 cup sugar to 1/2 cup water.) And once you get the hang of it, you can use this basic syrup as the base for flavored syrups, (by adding things like lemon juice or, my favorite, passion fruit concentrate or even ginger).
How long can you keep simple syrup?
Just keep in mind that your simple syrup must be cooled before it is ready to use in cocktails. Simple syrup can be stored, refrigerated, for up to one month in a sterile container.
- 2 parts Yazi ginger-flavored vodka
- 1 part Triple Sec
- Splash of lemon juice
- dash of simple syrup
- Shake with fresh ice and serve up in a martini glass.
- If you're really feeling mischievous, garnish with a red cherry (stem attached).
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