Chopin Culture

April 17, 2018

Entertaining Notes : John Cunningham

Originally from San Francisco, California, John ‘JC’ Cunningham moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to attend Marquette University for Journalism. JC is the Operations Manager at the Plum Lounge and Co-owner of Low Key Hospitality. Making regular appearances on Milwaukee’s industry “Best of” lists, JC has been featured in Info Magazine as well as being selected as a ‘Mixed Tape’ bartender by Copper & Kings at Tales of the Cocktail. JC is also a dance instructor and owns a dance company called Hype.
December 18, 2017

Entertaining Notes : Fran Berger

Fran Berger is a restaurateur and entrepreneur. More than two decades ago she opened The Farm, a quaint dining establishment in the heart of Beverly Hills, and quickly turned her restaurant into a local landmark. Fran is a fresh face on daytime TV and an expert in home entertaining and sophisticated living. Her credits include appearances on Hallmark’s Emmy-nominated lifestyle program, Home & Family, as well as publications including Beverly Hills Magazine, Inspirations & Celebrations, and many more.
November 29, 2017

Entertaining Notes : Ashley Meyer Garrett of The Bar Cartist

Born and raised in Dallas, Ashley Meyer Garrett lives with her husband, Jordan, and precious pup, Lady, in East Dallas. Ashley works together with Jordan to run The Bar Cartist – their online shop for all things home-bar related. The Bar Cartist features a curated selection of bar products made by specialist designers and helps people to have the home-bar cocktail experiences that they’ve always wanted. Ashley loves all things champagne and travel related…and Tex-Mex cuisine.
November 16, 2017

Chopin Vodka Celebrates 25th Anniversary

When Chopin Vodka was first created there were very few choices of vodka available – although the bottles varied, the spirits inside them were much the same. The opinion of most people has been that vodka cannot be a premium spirit; over the past twenty-five years, Chopin Vodka has worked tirelessly to change this misconception.
October 28, 2017

Entertaining Notes : Natalie Jacob

Natalie Jacob is a bartender and blogger based in the NYC area. She has been in the hospitality industry for 15 years and has worked in various classic cocktail-focused bars – most notably, PKNY and Dutch Kills. She runs her own beverage and creative consulting business along with writing her own blog, Aresenic-Lace. Her drinks have been featured in Time Out New York, Business Insider, Wine Enthusiast and Refinery 29 (among many others). Natalie also contributes recipes to A Beautiful Mess and Palm Springs Style.
October 3, 2017

Pink Ribbon Campaign 2017

Chopin Vodka is committed to realising the vision of a world without breast cancer. Chopin Vodka began its commitment to the cause of breast cancer in 2011 with the launch of its first Pink Ribbon Campaign. Each year, Chopin Vodka releases a special edition of its award-winning potato vodka in a pink bottle in order to raise awareness for the cause and money for research.
September 22, 2017

Entertaining Notes : Justin Pasha

Justin was born in Connecticut with family roots in both Boston and NYC. He is the founder of The Cup Bearer, a luxury mobile bar company that provides bar services for exclusive off-premise events from Boston to NYC. The Cup Bearer provides fully-portable, custom-built bars and a team of stylish and charismatic career mixologists able to create any combination of exotic libation.
August 16, 2017

Entertaining Notes : Robert Franklin

Rob Franklin originally hails from the South but moved to California for school and New York for work. Today, he works in Audience & Strategy for art magazine, Franklin also writes poetry and fiction. His work has been published in the Levinthal Anthology and in Fields Magazine.
July 25, 2017

Entertaining Notes : Anya Tchoupakov

Anya is a writer and editor who began her career working for Creators at VICE and helped run Dirt, a food magazine by Dig Inn. She now works at Healthyish, a vertical of Bon Appétit at Condé Nast. Anya studied Print Culture at NYU and is in the early process of starting her own magazine devoted to dance. Among her talents, Anya speaks English, French, Spanish and Russian.
June 21, 2017

The Terroir of Artisan Olives & Craft Vodka

Chopin Vodka has joined together with Losada Olives to pair our exceptional single-ingredient vodkas with craft-produced olives. Based in New York, Losada is a purveyor of artisan Spanish olives. In this article we share some of the complexities involved in pairing vodka with olives and discuss the journey of the olive from the grove to the martini glass.
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    Summer Solstice


    • 2 oz. Chopin Wheat Vodka
    • 2 oz. Mango juice
    • 4 oz. Sparkling water
    • Squeeze of lime


    Combine all ingredients except the sparkling water in a shaker. Shake well and strain into a tall glass.
    Add ice and top with sparkling water.

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    Hot Chocolate


    • 6 oz. Whole milk
    • 2 oz. 70% Cacao chocolate, chopped or grated
    • 2 oz. Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur
    • 1 oz. Cream
    • Pinch of cinnamon
    • Pinch of salt
    • Whipped cream


    Warm the milk over medium heat and add the chopped chocolate, stirring constantly until melted. When smooth, whisk in the remaining milk and cream. Add a pinch of cinnamon and salt and heat until hot but do not allow to boil. Remove from heat and stir in the Dorda Liqueur. Serve with marshmallows or a dollop of unsweetened, chilled whipped cream.

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    Polish Coffee


    • 3 oz. Brewed coffee
    • 1 ½ oz. Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur
    • Whipped cream


    Stir freshly brewed hot coffee together with Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur in a glass mug. Top with freshly whipped cream. Add garnishes as desired; we like cacao nibs, chocolate-covered espresso beans or shaved chocolate.

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    Dorda Truffle


    • 2 oz. Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur
    • 1 oz. Cointreau


    Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain and pour into a chilled cocktail glass of your choice, over fresh ice.

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    Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur Neat


    • 1 ½ oz. Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur
    • Raspberries, to garnish


    We believe Dorda is best enjoyed like a dessert. Serve it neat, or shaken with ice, in a stemmed glass. Garnish with a fresh raspberry.

    Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur is made with real chocolate, so always shake well before serving and store it at room temperature.

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    Mint-Lime Sparkler


    • 2 oz. Chopin Wheat Vodka
    • 1 oz. Fresh lime juice
    • ¾ oz. Simple syrup
    • 3 Slices of cucumber
    • 5 Mint sprigs
    • Sparkling water


    Muddle cucumber in a mixing glass. Add mint, muddle gently. Add vodka, lime juice, simple syrup and ice. Shake well, strain into a highball glass. Top with sparkling water.

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    Ginger Mule


    • 2 oz. Chopin Wheat Vodka
    • ½ oz. Fresh lime juice
    • 3 oz. Ginger beer


    In a cocktail shaker ¾ filled with ice, combine vodka and lime juice and shake until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a copper mug, filled with crushed ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime and mint.

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    Chopin Wheat on the Rocks


    • 1 ½ oz. Chopin Wheat Vodka
    • Cucumber (ribbons or wheels)


    Pour Chopin Wheat over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with cucumbers.

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    Basil Gimlet


    • 2 ½ oz. Chopin Rye Vodka
    • 6 Fresh basil leaves (torn into strips)
    • ½ oz.  Fresh lime juice
    • Lime zest
    • ½ oz. Simple syrup


    Muddle basil, lime juice, lime zest, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Let sit for 5 minutes to allow the liquid to infuse with the basil flavor. Add the vodka, then fill the shaker ²/₃ with ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish.

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    Chopin Bitter-Sweet


    • 2 oz. Chopin Rye Vodka
    • ½ oz. Grapefruit juice
    • ½ oz. Grenadine
    • ½ oz. Campari


    Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker, shake vigorously, strain into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with grapefruit slice.

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    Bloody Mary


    • 6 oz. Bloody Mary mix (we love McClure’s and Motherlode Provisions)
    • 1 oz. Chopin Rye Vodka


    Fill a Collins glass with ice. Pour Chopin Rye then Bloody Mary mix into glass. Stir then finish with fresh cracked pepper and garnish to your taste.

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    Chopin Rye on the Rocks


    • 1 ½ oz. Chopin Rye Vodka
    • Olives stuffed with hot peppers


    Pour Chopin Rye over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with pepper-stuffed olives.

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    Rosemary & Potato Martini


    • 2 ½ oz. Chopin Potato Vodka
    • ½ oz. Dry Vermouth
    • 1 Bar spoon green olive juice
    • 3-4 Drops of high quality, fruity olive oil
    • Rosemary sprig and 1 green olive


    Fill a mixing glass ¾ with ice, add Chopin, vermouth, and olive juice. Using a bar spoon, stir for 30 seconds. Strain the martini into a chilled cocktail glass. Finish with a few drops of olive oil. Garnish with rosemary sprig and olive.

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    Dirty Martini


    • 2 ½ oz. Chopin Potato Vodka
    • ½ oz. Green olive brine
    • Olives freshly stuffed with bleu cheese (or soft cheese of your choice)


    Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with three olives.

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    Chopin Potato on the Rocks


    • 1 ½ oz. Chopin Potato Vodka
    • Olives freshly stuffed with bleu cheese (or soft cheese of your choice)


    Pour Chopin Potato over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with bleu cheese olives.

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    Chopin Potato Neat


    • 1 oz. Chopin Potato Vodka
    • Snifter, Cordial or Cognac glass


    To fully experience Chopin Potato’s nuanced flavors, it is best served neat in a stemmed snifter glass.