EPIC Entertaining Ideas for the Summer

Delicious Summer Drink Ideas from EPIC Vodka!

May 22, 2013, 10:00 ET from Sazerac Company

NEW ORLEANS, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer is right around the corner, and EPIC Vodka has some refreshing drink ideas for your next summer soiree – whether it be a backyard barbecue or an elegant garden party.

Introduced earlier this year, EPIC Vodka is named for the great moments often found in everyday living, yet sometimes taken for granted.  Made with vodka imported from France, EPIC is inspired by centuries-old distilling traditions, providing the cleanest tasting vodka in an attractive bottle with an equally attractive price point.

"Summer get-togethers are easier than you think," said Tracey Clapp, marketing director, vodka.  "It doesn't have to be anything formal or stressful – it can be as simple as serving one signature cocktail, a great burger and store bought potato chips, add in your favorite music and some friends.  Sometimes we tend to forget that right now is forever, so those spontaneous moments in our lives shared with people we enjoy can be epic unto themselves.  That's the embodiment of EPIC Vodka - the good things in life are closer than you think."

EPIC is made with hand-selected wheat harvested from the Champagne region in France and is distilled in the Cognac region. Its easy mixability and clean, crisp taste make it an easy addition to your summer parties.  Here are some delicious drink ideas to celebrate summer:

(Note: High Res Photos of all cocktails are available)

Mixed Berry Fizz (Makes 1)
1.5 Ounces EPIC Vodka
1 Teaspoon Honey
4 Blackberries
4 Blueberries
1 ½ Cup Ginger Ale
Add vodka, honey, and berries to a glass. Muddle. Add ice and top off with ginger ale.
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Vodka Lemonade Slush (Makes 3-4)
1, 12 Ounce Can Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
3 Cups Ice
4.5 Ounces EPIC Vodka
Combine ingredients in blender. Blend until ice is finely crushed.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130522/CL18072-c )

Cucumber Coconut Refresher (Makes 2)
1 Persian Cucumber/Small Cucumber
3 Ounces Coconut Water
3 Ounces EPIC Coconut Vodka
2/3 Cup Club Soda
Finely grate the cucumber over a bowl lined with a fine strainer or piece of cheesecloth. Press the grated cucumber into the strainer/cheesecloth using the back of a spoon to get the liquid out.
Add ice, two tablespoons of cucumber juice, 1.5 ounces coconut water, 1/3 cup club soda, and 1.5 ounces vodka to each glass.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130522/CL18072-d )

Coconut Lime Splash (Makes 1)
1.5 Ounces EPIC Coconut Vodka
6 Ounces Coconut Water
Juice of ½ Lime
Add ice, vodka, coconut water, and lime juice to a glass. Stir.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130522/CL18072-e )

Cherry Basil Martini (Makes 1)
1.5 Ounces EPIC Cherry Vodka
6 Basil Leaves, torn
2 Smashed Maraschino Cherries
2 Ice Cubes
A splash of lemon lime soda
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into martini glass. Top off with a splash of soda. Garnish with a cherry.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130522/CL18072-f )

Cherry Limeade Slush (Makes 3-4)
1, 12 Ounce Can Frozen Limeade Concentrate
4.5 Ounces EPIC Cherry Vodka
3 Cups Ice
Combine ingredients in a blender. Blend until ice is finely crushed.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130522/CL18072-g )

Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Makes 1)
1 Canned Pineapple Ring
1 Teaspoon Honey
1.5 Ounces Pineapple Juice
3 Ounces Club Soda
1.5 Ounces EPIC Cake Vodka
Drizzle honey into the bottom of a highball glass. Press the pineapple ring into the bottom of the glass and the honey.
Add ice. Pour in pineapple juice, club soda, and vodka. Stir.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130522/CL18072-h )

Lemon Ginger Cake Martini (Makes 1)
Juice of 1 Lemon
1.5 Ounces EPIC Cake Vodka
2 Ice Cubes
3 Ounces Ginger Beer
Lemon Twist
Combine lemon juice, vodka, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into glass. Top off with ginger beer and lemon twist.
Optional: Rim glass in sugar and garnish with a piece of candied ginger.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130522/CL18072-i )

Kiwi-Strawberry Chiller (Makes 1)
1 Frozen Peeled and Diced Kiwi
1 Teaspoon Agave
1 Teaspoon Lime Juice
1.5 Ounces EPIC Kiwi Strawberry Vodka
1 Cup Tonic Water
Combine frozen kiwi, agave, lime juice, and vodka in a blender. Puree until almost smooth.
Add mixture to glass. Top with tonic water.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130522/CL18072-j )

Kiwi-Strawberry Mojito (Makes 1)
2 Frozen Strawberries, thawed
Bunch of Fresh Mint Leaves, torn
Juice of 1 Lime
1 Teaspoon Sugar
4.5 Ounces EPIC Kiwi Strawberry Vodka
Splash of Water or Sparkling Water
Add strawberries, mint, vodka, and sugar to a glass. Muddle. Add ice, vodka, and water.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130522/CL18072-k )

Grapefruit Creamsicle Mimosa (Makes 1)
1 Ounce EPIC Whipped Cream Vodka
¼ Cup Grapefruit Juice
Brut Champagne
Add vodka and grapefruit juice to a champagne flute. Top with champagne.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130522/CL18072-l )

Blueberries and Cream (Makes 2)
1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
½ Cup Water
1 Teaspoon Sugar
3 Ounces EPIC Whipped Cream Vodka
Combine blueberries, water, sugar and vodka in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a measuring cup lined with a fine strainer. Press the blueberry puree using the back of the spoon to get liquid out.
Add half of the liquid to two glasses containing ice cubes. Garnish with lemon and mint.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130522/CL18072-m )

Peach Summer Sangrita (Makes 1)
1.5 Ounces EPIC Peach Vodka
1 Cup Prosecco/Chardonnay
1 Ounce Margarita Mix
Combine vodka, wine, margarita mix and ice in a large wine glass. Garnish with canned peach wedges, lemon slices, lime slices, and fresh mint.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130522/CL18072-a )

Peach Bliss Bellini (Makes 1)
1 Teaspoon Peach Puree
1 Ounce EPIC Peach Vodka
Place a teaspoon of peach puree into the bottom of a champagne flute. Top off with vodka and then champagne.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130522/CL18072-n )

All recipes and photos were created by Stefanie Bundalo, http://www.sarcasticcooking.com/.

EPIC vodka is available in a classic unflavored vodka at 80 proof plus six different flavors in 70 proof each; Peach, Whipped Cream, Kiwi Strawberry, Cherry, Cake and Coconut.  More flavors will be added later this year.  The brand is supported at retail by case cards, large displays, channel cards and recipe booklets. EPIC is available in 1.75 ml, Liter, 750 ml and 50 ml. Suggested retail pricing for EPIC 750 ml is $12.99.

About Imported EPIC Vodka
EPIC Vodka is imported and bottled by the Sazerac Company. Sazerac is one of New Orleans' oldest family owned, privately held companies and has operations in New Orleans, Louisiana; Frankfort, Bardstown, Louisville and Owensboro, Kentucky; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Carson, California; Baltimore, Maryland; and Montreal Canada. For more information on EPIC Vodka, please visit www.epicvodka.com, or join in the conversation on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/EpicVodka and https://twitter.com/epicvodka. For more information on Sazerac, please visit www.sazerac.com.

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