Today we’re bringing you part 2 of our Fall TV Premiere cocktail series! Today’s cocktail is The Samba, a mint citrus cocktail made with Sobieski Orange Vodka. We’ll give you 3 guesses as to what show this cocktail is for…Oh, you can see the picture? Nevermind.
We’ll admit that it took us awhile to really get into Dancing With The Stars. It seemed like the type of show people went on just to revive their careers, like a new age Battle of The Network TV Stars. The first season had Evander Holyfield and then a smattering of Soap and Reality TV personalities that we still haven’t heard of. But the concept of the show is strong, and once A-listers started to realize that and joined in, it’s become much more intriguing to us. There’s something comforting about watching those first couple of episodes and realizing that just because someone is famous for one thing does NOT mean that they’re good at everything. In fact, some of the stars start out pretty terrible. After that, you get to see how quickly someone who’s a worse dancer than you are can become good just through practice and repetition. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure, but we’re ALL IN on DWTS for Season 19.
We’ve gone through similar feelings with the citrus-mint flavor trend. Maybe it was from having made the childhood mistake of drinking OJ after tooth-brushing, but those two flavors just didn’t seem to mix. Then, candy companies started offering gum with that combo, but we held out as long as we could. It was only when that box of gum was the LAST one left at the corner store that we tried it, and we were immediately hooked. When you remove whatever chemicals are in toothpaste that make citrus taste terrible, the flavor combo is awesome. The mint really opens up for palate and allows all of the other flavors a chance to shine immediately after. Plus, it leaves your breath fresh. That sounds like a win-win to us!
Alright, enough about us – Here’s the recipe
2 oz. Sobieski® Orange Vodka
¾ oz. lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
4 mint leaves
2 orange chunks
Dash of orange bitters
Mint sprig for garnish
In a shaker, muddle orange chunks and mint leaves with lemon juice and simple syrup. Add the Sobieski
Orange and orange bitters and top with ice. Shake and pour into tall glass and top with crushed ice.
Garnish with mint sprig and serve.
Created by Kim Hassarud for Sobieski Vodka
Dancing With The Stars Premieres Monday Sept. 15 at 8pm EDT on ABC!