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Cranberry-Lime Vodka & A tweaked out Vesper…

Over the next 3 weeks I’ll be sharing with you 3 infused vodka recipes, and ending each post with a cocktail recipe that shows the infusion off in all its glory. So sit back, get your notepads ready and enjoy the next week of vodka infusions!!!

n.b. These cocktails may or may not be my own recipes, although mostly they will be tweaks of other cocktails. 

Let’s jump straight into the action with this simple, yet rather versatile Vodka Infusion:

The first recipe is for a Cranberry-lime Vodka that really does feel at home in any home bar. With various cocktails using vodka and the 2 infusing ingredients; this infusion will add a depth of flavour to every cocktail you use it in!

Cranberry-Lime vodka

70cl (700ml) Bottle of high quality Vodka

1 lime

100g of cranberries

2 tbsp Sugar


  • Peel the rind off the lime and set aside the lime itself (you only need the peel).
  • Poke a hole in each cranberry (a fork works well here).
  • Add both the cranberries and lime peel into a large, sealed glass bottle.
  • Add in the sugar and the pour in the vodka.
  • Seal the bottle and store away from sunlight for up to 7 days.
  • After 7 days the colour of the vodka will have changed to a red hue. Leave the fruit in the vodka and enjoy chilled…

This vodka is extremely simple to make. Like most infusions the worst part is simply waiting to try it! The cranberry-lime flavour combination is not a new concept, but it is a great concept. This particular recipe will result in an extra fruity kick in your cocktails, especially a home made cosmopolitan. My preferred cocktail for this vodka however, is a tweak on the classic Vesper Martini:

Cranberry-Lime Vesper

cranberry lime vesper

3 measures Beefeater Gin

1 measure Cranberry-Lime Infused Vodka

½ measure Lillet Blanc

Garnish: Lime Twist


  • Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass and add plenty of cubed ice.
  • Stir well and chill the alcohol properly – anything up to 2 minutes here is totally acceptable!
  • Strain into a well-chilled coupe/classic martini-cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a long thin slice of lemon peel…

This cocktail is based on the famous Bond cocktail: The Vesper. It uses the same ratios as the classic cocktail and makes use of the infused vodka in a cocktail where it won’t over power the other ingredients, but equally stands on its own. This cocktail is the perfect canvas for it to splash its colourful flavour upon. However, I know everyone has different tastes so if this cocktail does not have enough of a fruity kick, then try adding a splash of cranberry juice. This will of course water down the drink so try not to add too much!

Naturally this cocktail will not suit everyone’s taste buds so if you’re one of those who like a more refreshing cocktail then why not try using this infused vodka in any of the following cocktails:

Sea Breeze,


Spiked Spiced Ciders,

Cape Cod,

Sex on the Beach,

And many more!

Cocktails O’ Clock: The Flame of Love

This cocktail is a twist on a Martini and probably one of the most elegant cocktails you’ll ever see/make/taste.

Rather than regurgitate what Charlotte Voisey says in her video, I thought it best just to share the video in this post. Plus it adds a splash of variety, you don’t have to read my drivel for once 😉 – I shall be using a few of these videos, by the various barkeeps ‘SSN‘ use in their videos…

Made by Charlotte Voisey (a barkeep from the USA) this cocktail is all about elegance, Watch her video (on youtube via the small screen network) and revel in both the beauty of this drink and the lady making it…

Hope you enjoy this cocktail as much as I do. Perfect for those late night Soiree’s with you and a few friends…

Flame of Love:

2 measures Good quality Vodka
1/2 measure Good quality Sherry

– Combine in a mixing glass, fill with cracked ice and stir well, until the drink is chilled.
– lace the glass with the oils of 2 orange peels.
– Then pour the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass and flame an orange peel over the glass and place it in the drink.
– Enjoy with friends.

Cocktails to drink whilst watching Arrested Development…

The Iconic vehicular wreck that is ‘The Bluth Mobile’

Now I know it’s been back for a while now, but if you’re anything like me then you’llbe watching them all over again any day now.

And this time why not add a little more fun into the mix (if that were even possible) with some cocktails that are perfect for the show. Whether you’re scared of seals like Buster or just like to drink all day long like Lucille. Er-hem.


That classic drink for that classic show:

2 measures Tequila

1 measure Lime Juice

½ measure Triple sec


Shake the ingredients over ice and strain into a cocktail glass.


Chocolate Banana Loco

1 measure Crème De Banane

1 measure Crème De Cacao

2 measures Vodka

2 measures Cream


1)      Shake all ingredients over ice and serve in a rocks glass.

2)      Garnish with a vanilla pod and a grating of nutmeg.


Blue Moon

1 cup crushed ice

¼ cup vodka

¼ cup Blue Curacao

¼ whipping cream

2 tablespoons Vanilla syrup (I like to use Licor 43 here)

2 tablespoons Orange Juice

1 tablespoon Cointreau


1)      Combine the ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

2)      Spread the mixture out over 4 cocktail glasses (Martini Glasses)

3)      Garnish with an orange wheel on each glass.

The not-so-original Blue man…


Dark N’ Stormy

2 measures Goslings Black Seal Rum

Top up Ginger Ale

Lime wedge for garnish


1)      Fill a glass with ice and squeeze in the lime juice.

2)      Top up with ginger ale.

3)      Float the dark rum on top of the drink (quick take a picture).

4)      Stir well before drinking.

This classic is a fantastic summer evening drink, both crisp and refreshing; it’s the cocktail equivalent of a nice cold bottle of cider (only far better obviously).

This also ties into the post’s theme as the patented (that’s right this drink is patented!) recipe needs to include Goslings Black Seal Rum. That’s right; Goslings patented a cocktail – cheeky buggers.


Stars N’ Stripes

5-7 blueberries

1 measure Stolichnaya Blueberry Vodka

¼ measure Absinthe

¼ measure Sugar Syrup

Splash of lemon juice

2 tablespoons Chambord

Top up Ginger ale


1)      Muddle the blueberries in a cocktails shaker with the sugar syrup.

2)      Add the vodka, absinthe & lemon juice, shake well over ice.

3)      Pour into an tumbler (do not strain).

4)      Drizzle with the Chambord (use combination of 50% Chambord, 50% Brandy if you have some).

5)      Top up with ginger ale and garnish with a sugar cube and a few blueberries.

A very patriotic American cocktail, if you want to try something a little more, American, try substituting the vodka for Rye Whisky (or Bourbon).

Classic Mojito

60ml White rum

15ml Sugar Syrup

½ lime (chopped into 4)

6-8 Mint Leaves

Top up club soda


1)      Drop in the mint leaves and place the lime chunks skin up on top.

2)      Muddle gently to release the limes juice, and oils (from both the lime and mint).

3)      Add the sugar syrup and gently mix.

4)      Fill ¾ of the glass with crushed ice.

5)      Pour in the rum, and top up with more ice.

6)      Top up with the club soda (you can also use sparkling water)

7)      Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wedge. Serve with straws…

A truly great summer cocktail, this refreshing drink is perfect for an Arrested binge…



45ml Rum

20ml Fresh Lime Juice

5ml Sugar Syrup


Shake over ice and strain into a coupe glass.

This classic cocktail, again, is great for watching arrested development. Feel above the Bluthe’s as you sip on your classy cocktail…



40ml Vodka

15ml Cointreau

15ml Fresh Lime Juice

30ml Cranberry Juice


1)      Shake all ingredients over ice.

2)      Double strain into a cocktail glass.

3)      Garnish with a lime wheel.

Another classic this cocktail is for the ladies… Combining some great ingredients, this is the lighter version of a martini (the cranberry juice waters down the alcohol).


Frozen Banana Daiquiri

45ml Rum

20ml Lime Juice

5ml Triple Sec

5ml sugar syrup

1 Banana

15ml Crème de Banane


1)      Place all ingredients in a blender with crushed ice and blend until smooth.

2)      Pour into a daiquiri cocktail glass.

3)      Top with a splash of crème de Banane and a Maraschino Cherry.

Frozen Banana Anyone?


Banana Sambuca Shooter

50ml clear Sambuca

15ml Crème De Banane

1 Banana


1)      In a blender, combine the Sambuca, banana and crème de banane with crushed ice.

2)      When smooth, pour into shot glasses and serve with a caramelised banana slice.

Lucille 1’s Vodka Martini

1 bottle of vodka.

Cocktail glass (optional)


Open bottle and drink. Use a glass if you can be bothered. If there are Olive’s available, demand someone to fetch them for you…


The perfect Pimms cup

Note: This recipe is for a pitcher sized portion, and will serve 4.

½ small cucumber, sliced (lengthways)

8 sliced strawberries

½ orange, sliced

½ lemon, sliced

½ green apple, sliced

1 cup (250ml) Pimms

3 cups (750ml-1L) Citrus Soda (can be any kind)

Mint sprigs to garnish

Optional: 125-250ml London Dry Gin


1)      In a large pitcher, layer the fruit with ice until full.

2)      Add the pimms (and optional gin) and soda.

3)      Serve when ready.

This is truly a british take on Arrested Development. It’s as popular over here as it is in the States, and it’s only fair to share our input… Try using Cola for a slightly American feel, should you feel guilty.


Frozen Monkey

2 Frozen Bananas (sliced)

4 shots cooled expresso

1 ½ cups (350ml) milk

2 teaspoons Cocoa powder

2 pitted, medjool dates

1 table ground flax seeds


1)      Blend all ingredients until smooth (use a high setting for best results).

2)      Divide up between two glasses, garnish with a chocolate & sprinkle covered banana slice and serve immediately.

So there you have it, some great cocktails for watching a great show with. For best results, make in huge batches and invite all your mates over. They’ll love you for it, I promise you that!

For a little added spice, why not try this specifically made up drinking game?

Arrested Development Drinking Game

Arrested Development is available on Netflix (UK & USA), and even the new season (funded and created by Netflix themselves) is available. What are you waiting for?

For some other funny/serious cocktails and arrested development info check out these links:

College Humour

Arrested Development Cocktails

More AD Cocktails

Arrested Development Wikia

…And now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together… It’s Arrested Development.


So how did you like that? Want more? Well here’s a little background information on my next post… It’s still cocktail related, so as to the direction of it, I’ll let you decide for yourselves…

Coming Soon to the Fervent Shaker:

The Shark who walked like a man…