May 23rd

Bookish Booze: Vika’s Magic

Posted in Bookish Booze, Features

Welcome to Bookish Booze! I’m Kate, I’ll be your bartender tonight. Bookish Booze is an original feature created here at Fangs and Fur where we create a cocktail inspired by a book or a character from a book, that we have recently reviewed. From time to time we mix a drink based on a young adult novel; we’re big fans of YA here! However, these posts are intended for our adult audience and my own personal enjoyment. We here at Fangs and Fur do not promote nor support underage drinking.

Tonight, I have the supreme pleasure of mixing a drink based on my newest five-star read, The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. I absolutely loved this book—especially the food descriptions—so of course I want to mix a cocktail to celebrate it! Rather than taking inspiration from the title or characters, this drink comes from a specific part of the book, so here it is:

Her enchantment pulsed in the ground beneath his boots. And he could smell it in the wind, the scent of honeysuckle mixed with cinnamon, the same fragrance that wafted from Vika’s hair when she danced.”

Beautiful, right?! So tonight’s drink is titled Vika’s Magic. While I love the description, I wasn’t eager to mix both of those flavors in a drink. Instead, you will be wowed by both my cocktail alchemy and my baking skills tonight! Vika’s Magic is a honeysuckle based drink and I also whipped up a batch of pryaniki to satisfy the cinnamon scent of Vika’s magic!

yellow (2 of 5)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

The star of the show tonight is something that won’t be easy for you to find. My apologies. Cathead Distillery down in good old Mississippi makes honeysuckle vodka. Y’all would not believe the trouble my poor husband had trying to hunt down this vodka for me! If you live in the South though, you should be able to track it down. The honeysuckle is pretty subdued so I tried to choose ingredients that would help showcase it rather than cover it up. My kids are crazy for these little, easy to peel tangerines called Cuties. To my surprise, I went to the store one day and saw that Cuties made a tangerine juice as well! 100% pure yummy tangerine juice. It’s like crack, I can’t stop drinking it! It’s sweeter than orange juice and a good fit for this drink. The next ingredient came about because of an argument. While Russ does help taste-test my concoctions, I don’t really let him have much of a say. He thought that San Pellegrino’s Aranciata Rosa (Blood Orange) was a better pairing with the Cathead Honeysuckle vodka than the tangerine juice. After we reached a stalemate, both having made tasty drinks, I had the epic idea of mixing them! Lo and behold it was excellent. If you haven’t tried any of San Pellegrino’s sparkling fruit drinks, they are the bomb and you are totally missing out! Last ingredient is the most important, vanilla simple syrup. This ingredient I didn’t find, so Russ made it from scratch. Really not hard folks, you just take 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar and boil them until you have syrup. Let it cool just a tad and add 2 tsp vanilla bean paste. You can also use vanilla extract, same amount, or try scraping the seeds out of a vanilla bean and throwing it in while the mixture is boiling. I like the vanilla bean paste because it is easy and still has the cool little seeds in it!

2016 Mike Lumpkin
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

Barware is simple as usual, a shaker, my beat up liquid measure, measuring spoons, and my fancy cut glass goblet! You may use whatever glass you wish, I just felt very aristocratic drinking out of this, Vika wouldn’t approve, but Pasha would!

Here’s the recipe:
2oz Tangerine juice
2oz honeysuckle vodka
2oz Blood orange soda
4tsp Vanilla simple syrup

Measure out your vodka, tangerine juice, and vanilla syrup and add them to the shaker. Shake until the outside frosts, or feels cold, then pour into your glass. Measure out your blood orange soda and add it straight to the glass. It doesn’t hurt to give it a little stir to make sure it mixes in well.

yellow (3 of 5)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

TADA!! All done! I love the way the color turned out!

yellow (5 of 5)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

You can even see the vanilla bean seeds if you look closely. Vika’s Magic is such a smooth drink; I’ve actually had a couple at this point. (I hope you can’t tell!) It has floral undertones with a slight citrus tang, melded together with that sweet vanilla. This is my favorite cocktail yet!

yellow (4 of 5)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

Now, to get my cinnamon fix, because I had to do Vika’s magic justice, I’ve made some Russian honey spice cookies. Pryaniki! They are excellent! (I’ve had a few of those tonight as well) I used a recipe I found at Olga’s Flavor Factory. I fiddled with it a bit, because it’s what I do. Where she uses anise (yuck yuck yuck) I used cinnamon and doubled the amount. I also doubled the amount of nutmeg, because nutmeg is excellent. The only other thing I did was add a splash of vanilla extract and cinnamon extract to the glaze. SOOOO YUMMY!! I’ve probably gained ten pounds tonight but I consider it a success. Trust me; you want to give these cookies a try! Speaking of, I’ve got more Vika’s Magic to drink and some pryaniki calling my name. Tvoe zdarovye, friends!

Did you mix a Vika’s Magic for yourself? Send me a picture, leave me a comment, or tweet me and let me know what you thought! Have an idea for a bookish cocktail? Have a book you want me to feature on Bookish Booze? Send me an email; I’m always open to suggestions!

Welcome to Bookish Booze! I’m Kate, I’ll be your bartender tonight. Bookish Booze is an original feature created here at Fangs and Fur where we create a cocktail inspired by a book or a character from a book, that we have recently reviewed. From time to time we mix a drink based on a young adult novel; we’re big fans of YA here! However, these posts are intended for our adult audience and my own personal enjoyment. We here at Fangs and Fur do not promote nor support underage drinking.

Tonight, I have the supreme pleasure of mixing a drink based on my newest five-star read, The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. I absolutely loved this book—especially the food descriptions—so of course I want to mix a cocktail to celebrate it! Rather than taking inspiration from the title or characters, this drink comes from a specific part of the book, so here it is:

Her enchantment pulsed in the ground beneath his boots. And he could smell it in the wind, the scent of honeysuckle mixed with cinnamon, the same fragrance that wafted from Vika’s hair when she danced.”

Beautiful, right?! So tonight’s drink is titled Vika’s Magic. While I love the description, I wasn’t eager to mix both of those flavors in a drink. Instead, you will be wowed by both my cocktail alchemy and my baking skills tonight! Vika’s Magic is a honeysuckle based drink and I also whipped up a batch of pryaniki to satisfy the cinnamon scent of Vika’s magic!

yellow (2 of 5)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

The star of the show tonight is something that won’t be easy for you to find. My apologies. Cathead Distillery down in good old Mississippi makes honeysuckle vodka. Y’all would not believe the trouble my poor husband had trying to hunt down this vodka for me! If you live in the South though, you should be able to track it down. The honeysuckle is pretty subdued so I tried to choose ingredients that would help showcase it rather than cover it up. My kids are crazy for these little, easy to peel tangerines called Cuties. To my surprise, I went to the store one day and saw that Cuties made a tangerine juice as well! 100% pure yummy tangerine juice. It’s like crack, I can’t stop drinking it! It’s sweeter than orange juice and a good fit for this drink. The next ingredient came about because of an argument. While Russ does help taste-test my concoctions, I don’t really let him have much of a say. He thought that San Pellegrino’s Aranciata Rosa (Blood Orange) was a better pairing with the Cathead Honeysuckle vodka than the tangerine juice. After we reached a stalemate, both having made tasty drinks, I had the epic idea of mixing them! Lo and behold it was excellent. If you haven’t tried any of San Pellegrino’s sparkling fruit drinks, they are the bomb and you are totally missing out! Last ingredient is the most important, vanilla simple syrup. This ingredient I didn’t find, so Russ made it from scratch. Really not hard folks, you just take 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar and boil them until you have syrup. Let it cool just a tad and add 2 tsp vanilla bean paste. You can also use vanilla extract, same amount, or try scraping the seeds out of a vanilla bean and throwing it in while the mixture is boiling. I like the vanilla bean paste because it is easy and still has the cool little seeds in it!

2016 Mike Lumpkin
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

Barware is simple as usual, a shaker, my beat up liquid measure, measuring spoons, and my fancy cut glass goblet! You may use whatever glass you wish, I just felt very aristocratic drinking out of this, Vika wouldn’t approve, but Pasha would!

Here’s the recipe:
2oz Tangerine juice
2oz honeysuckle vodka
2oz Blood orange soda
4tsp Vanilla simple syrup

Measure out your vodka, tangerine juice, and vanilla syrup and add them to the shaker. Shake until the outside frosts, or feels cold, then pour into your glass. Measure out your blood orange soda and add it straight to the glass. It doesn’t hurt to give it a little stir to make sure it mixes in well.

yellow (3 of 5)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

TADA!! All done! I love the way the color turned out!

yellow (5 of 5)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

You can even see the vanilla bean seeds if you look closely. Vika’s Magic is such a smooth drink; I’ve actually had a couple at this point. (I hope you can’t tell!) It has floral undertones with a slight citrus tang, melded together with that sweet vanilla. This is my favorite cocktail yet!

yellow (4 of 5)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

Now, to get my cinnamon fix, because I had to do Vika’s magic justice, I’ve made some Russian honey spice cookies. Pryaniki! They are excellent! (I’ve had a few of those tonight as well) I used a recipe I found at Olga’s Flavor Factory. I fiddled with it a bit, because it’s what I do. Where she uses anise (yuck yuck yuck) I used cinnamon and doubled the amount. I also doubled the amount of nutmeg, because nutmeg is excellent. The only other thing I did was add a splash of vanilla extract and cinnamon extract to the glaze. SOOOO YUMMY!! I’ve probably gained ten pounds tonight but I consider it a success. Trust me; you want to give these cookies a try! Speaking of, I’ve got more Vika’s Magic to drink and some pryaniki calling my name. Tvoe zdarovye, friends!

Did you mix a Vika’s Magic for yourself? Send me a picture, leave me a comment, or tweet me and let me know what you thought! Have an idea for a bookish cocktail? Have a book you want me to feature on Bookish Booze? Send me an email; I’m always open to suggestions!

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