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CHOPIN VODKA PRESENTS

Entertaining Notes - featuring Hannah Harden



Entertaining Notes is a new series in which we speak with friends of Chopin Vodka to learn about their top entertaining tips. Each of our contributors has been chosen because of their strong personal style and their penchant for throwing great parties. From signature cocktails and go-to playlists, to their favorite ways to serve Chopin Vodka, we learn about the personal touches that turn their events into memorable occasions.

Hannah Harden began working as Chopin Vodka's Northern California Regional Manager in 2013. She is also passionate about fashion, which she writes about on her website Vogue in Vines. Living in Napa Valley, surrounded by vineyards and people with a rich tradition of entertaining, has had a strong influence on Hannah’s personal style of hospitality.

From the time that I began working with the Chopin team I have always offered my guests vodka-based drinks when entertaining; if you start with a quality, premium spirit then any cocktail you make will be delicious.

My favorite ingredients are fresh fruit and quality alcohol, and I think great glassware also elevates your cocktail. A few years ago, my sister-in-law bought me a Meyer lemon tree for Christmas and I had been waiting patiently for it to grow big enough to produce fruit. Last year, it finally began producing sweet, fragrant fruit and I go crazy with lemons now! So, my signature cocktail is a Meyer Lemon Drop.

My husband, who is a winemaker in the Napa Valley, has had the biggest influence on how I entertain; he always has something on the grill, good wine to be opened and his favorite spirits on hand. We recently hosted a Halloween cocktail party one year at our new home and had everyone arrive in costume. Guests dressed up as everyone from Walter White from Breaking Bad to Warren from It's Something About Mary.

My most important tip for entertaining is to use great alcohol and to play excellent music. I enjoy drinking my Chopin Vodka shaken with ice, slightly dirty, served up. For music, we always have the Lumineers, Zac Brown Band and Kip Moore playing on repeat.

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    Hot Chocolate

    Ingredients

    • 6 oz whole milk
    • 2 oz 70% cacao chocolate, chopped or grated
    • 2 oz Dorda Liqueur
    • 1 oz cream
    • pinch of cinnamon
    • pinch of salt

     

    Method

    Warm 1 cup of 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

    Ingredients

    • 3 oz brewed coffee
    • 1.5 oz Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur

     

    Method

    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.

  • 14 Dorda Truffle

    Dorda Truffle

    Ingredients

    • 2 oz Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur
    • 1 oz Cointreau

     

    Method

    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

    Ingredients

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

     

    Method

    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.

  • 11 Potato baltic cooler

    Mint-Lime Sparkler

    Ingredients

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

     

    Method

    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 club soda.

     

  • 10 Wheat Ginger Mule

    Ginger Mule

    Ingredients

    • 2 oz Chopin Wheat Vodka
    • ½ oz fresh lime juice
    • 3 oz Ginger Beer

     

    Method

    In a cocktail shaker 3/4 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

    Ingredients

    • 1 ½ oz Chopin wheat Vodka
    • Cucumber ribbons or wheels

     

    Method

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

     

  • 8 Rye basil gimlet

    Basil Gimlet

    Ingredients

    • 2 ½ ounces Chopin Rye vodka
    • 6 large, fresh basil leaves, torn into strips
    • ½ oz  fresh lime juice
    • zest of half a lime
    • ½ ounce simple syrup



    Method

    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.

     

  • 7 Rye Bitter Sweet

    Chopin Bitter-Sweet

    Ingredients

    • 2 oz. Chopin Rye vodka
    • ½ oz. grapefruit juice
    • ½ oz. grenadine
    • ½ oz. Campari


    Method

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

     

  • 6 Rye Bloody Mary

    Bloody Mary

    Ingredients

    • 6 oz high quality Bloody Mary Mix (we love McClure’s and Motherlode Provisions)
    • 1 oz Chopin Rye Vodka


    Method

    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

    Ingredients

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


    Method

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

     

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    Smoked Rosemary & Potato Martini

    Ingredients

    • 2 ½ oz Chopin Potato Vodka
    • ½ oz dry vermouth
    • 1 bar spoon green olive juice
    • Several drops of high quality, fruity olive oil
    • Garnish with Rosemary sprig and an olive


    Method

    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.

     

  • 2 Potato Dirty Martini

    Dirty Martini

    Ingredients

    • 2 ½  oz Chopin Potato Vodka
    • ½ oz green olive brine
    • Garnish with Olives freshly stuffed with soft cheese of your choice


    Method

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

     

  • 1 Potato with blue cheese olivesChopin Potato on the rocks

    Ingredients

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


    Method

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

     

  • 4 Potato sippingCocktail Name

    Ingredients

    • 1 oz Chopin Potato Vodka
    • Snifter, cordial or cognac glass


    Method

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