Recipe: Summer Vanilla Bean Cocktail
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Aug 10 2012

Recipe: Summer Vanilla Bean Cocktail

Nothing helps me cool off better than an ice-cold cocktail while I am making dinner.  Heating up the kitchen with the stove or oven is inevitable some days, so a cocktail or cold glass of white wine helps me to stay cool and relax.  When I reviewed Dry Soda Lavender soda a couple of weeks back, I thought about mixing the soda with some vodka for an adult treat.  I never did get around to that, but when I found and purchased the Dry Vanilla Bean soda, I knew that I had to make a late-afternoon cocktail with it. 

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My vodka* of choice is Stoli’s.  I usually keep a bottle in the freezer so that if the urge strikes me, I don’t have far to go.  I realize that statement may make it seem like I indulge often, but I believe the current bottle has been there for close to a year, if not longer. 

Summer Vanilla Bean Cocktail

6 oz. Dry Vanilla Bean soda

1 shot Stoli’s vodka (I use a shot glass which is approximately 1.5 oz)

Mix and enjoy!

The Dry Vanilla Bean soda may be the perfect mixer!  The flavor of this cocktail was phenomenal!  I did drink the other 6 oz of the bottle of soda without vodka and while it was awesome, I loved my cocktail creation!  Dry soda uses only 4 ingredients in their soda, making them less sweet than traditional soda.  The Vanilla Bean is their version of cream soda, which happens to be my favorite!  I love traditional cream soda, but the Dry version is a grown-up, more sophisticated version.  It was great alone and even better mixed with Stoli’s vodka.  A 12 oz. bottle contains only 60 calories – approximately 100 calories less than the traditional cream soda and without artificial sweeteners that are found in some lower sugar varieties. 

To see where you can find Dry Soda close to you, check the store locator page.  Dry Soda is also sold online.

*Click here for more information on gluten-free alcoholic beverages.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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