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Make a splash this Spring with Smirnoff cocktail recipes

1st April 2014 Print
Cherry and Elderflower Sundae

Smirnoff has created a unique range of versatile cocktail recipes to complement the freshest, seasonal, foods available this spring. At their peak of flavour these ingredients can be used to serve up delicious tasting drinks that work perfectly with seasonal menus, making this an ideal time of year to give these recipes a shot.

If you don’t have a jug to hand or simply want to add some creative flair to the drinks, mix them up in a teapot. You can also serve in a jam jar that can double up as your shaker. So whether you’re having a chilled night in or last minute dinner party, these drinks are sure to impress.

Cherry and Elderflower Sundae

It's Elderflower season and this cocktail contains crisp, clean Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka combined with tangy cherry juice, elderflower syrup and for a fresh twist, wild elderflowers.  Partner with fresh strawberries and a squeeze of lime, to make the ideal drink for the longer, brighter days.

Try serving with a goat’s cheese salad garnished with strawberries and roasted walnuts. 

Ingredients for 1:

35ml Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
(NB: Don’t have a measure? 1 UK desert spoon equals 10ml)
100ml. Cherry Juice
10ml. Elderflower Syrup / Coridal
10ml. Lime Juice
4piece(s) Strawberries
1.26 units of alcohol per serve
Sprig of elderflower


1. Throw three strawberries into a jam jar. Squash the strawberries with the back of a teaspoon to extract the juices and flavour.

2. Add the Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, cherry juice, elderflower syrup or cordial and lime juice – add some ice and put the top to the jar on.

3. Shake until you can’t shake anymore… or until the jar is chilled.

4. Pour through a strainer over ice into a tall glass or sundae glass. (you can use a sieve if you don’t have a smaller strainer)

5. Garnish with a strawberry cut into slices.

Grapefruit Smash

Grapefruits are not just for breakfast. Their unique combination of sweet and sour flavours means they work amazingly in salads, desserts and drinks this time of year. 

This mix of bittersweet marmalade with pure, clear Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka and a dash of citrus make a perfect fruit smash – and you can use the marmalade jar to serve it in.

If you’re making this cocktail with fresh juice, red grapefruit is sweeter. This cocktail is ideal served up with a tray of cool, sliced cucumber, celery and fresh vinaigrette.

Ingredients for 1:

50ml. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
(NB: Don’t have a measure? 1 UK desert spoon equals 10ml)
2tsp Marmalade
50ml Lemon Juice
25ml Grapefruit Juice
100ml Cloudy Lemonade
1 Mint leaf
1 slice of Lemon


1. Pour the Smirnoff No.21 Vodka and lemon juice into a glass/jam jar. Add two dollops of marmalade.

2. Fill the glass or jam jar with crushed ice. If you don’t have ready-made crushed ice, use cubed ice and crush it with a rolling pin inside a tea towel.

3. Add 25ml grapefruit juice and top up with 100ml cloudy lemonade.

4. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint.

The Spring Iced Tea 

A zesty, cooling serve of Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, lemon iced tea and apple juice.  The Spring Iced Tea can be made in a teapot for a twist on the traditional cocktail. Add mint for a sprig of Spring.

Try serving this alongside fresh green salads for a bright, stunning flavour. Good combinations include feta, pea and mint, or try griddled courgettes dressed with mint and chilli.

Ingredients for 2:

100ml Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
(NB: Don’t have a measure? 1 UK desert spoon equals 10ml)
200ml. Lemon Iced Tea
200ml. Apple Juice
4wedge(s) Lemon
4piece(s) Mint Sprig
1.8 units of alcohol per serve


1. Half fill a teapot with cubes of ice.

2. Add the Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, lemon iced tea and apple juice.

3. Stir thoroughly with a spoon until the mixture is well combined.

4. Pour into two teacups (or your best mugs) filled up with ice. 

5. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a sprig of mint.

To try these delicious drinks, simply stock up on Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka and a selection of the best seasonal produce – all the below should be available at your local supermarket and are in season now!

Apple juice
Cherry Juice
Cloudy Lemonade
Grapefruit Juice
Lemon Juice
Lime Juice
Elderflower Syrup/Sprig of elderflower

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Cherry and Elderflower Sundae Grapefruit Smash The Spring Iced Tea