National Vodka Day is a fake holiday during which people consume a responsible amount of vodka as tribute to the column distilling gods. It ranks below Hallmark holidays in terms of legitimacy, but it’s a good excuse to have a drink.
We consumed the obligatory Bloody Mary for breakfast, and now we’re throwing a tiki twist on National Vodka Day. Tiki cocktails are typically made with rum, but the folks at Three Olives are commandeering the category with a drink worthy of its tropical tumbler.
How to make a Tiki Citrus Swizzle
- 1.5 oz Three Olives Citrus Vodka
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- .75 oz lime juice
- .5 oz ginger liqueur
- .5 oz falernum*
- .25 oz simple syrup**
- Soda water
- Crushed ice
Pour first six ingredients into a large glass and fill it 2/3 with crushed ice. Stir (or swizzle if you have a swizzle stick) vigorously, then fill the glass with more crushed ice and top with soda water.
*Falernum is a key ingredient in many tiki drinks. There are a couple options at most solid liquor stores or you can make your own.
**For the love of cocktails, please just make your own simple syrup.
How to light your tiki cocktail on fire
Lighting a cocktail on fire is easy if you have overproof spirits. Most of us went through a Flaming Dr. Pepper phase, and there are plenty of other drinks ignited for effect. The downside though is that you’re wasting perfectly good alcohol in exchange for a lazy flame.
The key to an impressive blaze atop your cocktail is lemon extract. Don’t believe me? The Amazon description literally says, “Avoid pouring near flame.” Equally surprising to many is that lemon extract is 83% alcohol. Think of the children!