Smirnoff is stirring up some holiday spirit with a collection of gifts to thrill the closet bartender on your gift list. Look inside a traditional Russian Matryoshka doll and usually what you’ll discover are five or more increasingly smaller wooden figurines. But take off the lid of Smirnoff’s Black Matryoshka, and your surprise is a bottle of premium vodka. The special holiday bottle container, a doll’s face painted in gold on a deep black exterior, also doubles as a cocktail shaker. Smirnoff’s Black Matryoshka is available at Selfridges and Waitrose in [Great Britain] for around £20.99.
Another fun gift for the bartender with a full party schedule is the Smirnoff No 21TM Ultimate Cocktail Kit. Containing all the essentials for the perfect cocktail party, this white leather case can be taken from one cocktail hour to the next and whisked into action for mates and colleagues. The kit includes a bottle of Smirnoff vodka, a cocktail shaker, a metal fruit knife and strainer, four glasses, and a chopping board. The cocktail kit can be found at Selfridges and Whisky Specialists in [Great Britain] for around £50.
Vodka drink recipes
The Moscow Mule
5ml Smirnoff No. 21 vodka
Ginger ale of ginger beer
Fill a tall (hi-ball) glass with ice and add 35ml Smirnoff No. 21. Next, top up with ginger ale or ginger beer, topping up with two drops of angostura bitter (optional) and add a wedge of lime
The Collins – A Classic Smirnoff Black® Cocktail
40ml Smirnoff Black vodka
20ml Fresh lemon juice
20ml sugar syrup
Shake Smirnoff, lemon juice and sugar, strain over crushed ice and top with good quality soda water