Friday, September 26, 2014

Save Snow Leopards by Drinking Vodka. It's a Win-Win.

When newly launched Snow Leopard Vodka approached me about their product my first thought was, "Meh. Vodka is vodka." When I looked at their website, what I found was a company who's mission statement I can support.

With less than 3,500 snow leopards estimated to be remaining in the wild Snow Leopard Vodka is doing what it can to help save this critically endangered species from extinction and to help improve the livelihoods of the poor herder families who share their home range. 15% of all their profits, and monies raised by fundraising activities, are given directly to snow leopard conservation projects through the Snow Leopard Trust.

The goal is to sell 100,000 cases of Snow Leopard vodka annually, generating enough revenue and awareness to safeguard the Snow Leopard's future. I mean... look at that face!!! How can you not want to buy vodka and save these cute, furry, adorable snow leopards!! And that's what some of Dallas' most creative bartenders thought as well, so they have teamed up with the company to create specialty cocktails using Snow Leopard Vodka. Ask for it when you visit these establishments:

Changing Spots created by
Bonnie Wilson of Whiskey Cake
Changing Spots
by Bonnie Wilson, Beverage Director, Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar 
  • 2oz Snow Leopard Vodka 
  • 1/2oz Giffard Pamplemousse 
  • 1/4oz Lillet Rouge 
  • 1/4oz fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 dashes Peychauds 
Top with 1oz Prosecco Add all ingredients to shaker, double strain into a coupe glass & garnish with a grapefruit slice

The Cat's Pajamas
by Will Croxville from Parliament
  • 2 oz Snow Leopard Vodka
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz Apple-Honey Syrup *
  • 1 bar spoon Allspice Dram
  • 1 Egg White
Add all ingredients to shaker, dry shake. Add ice, shake again. Strain into coupe, garnish with red apple fan and angostura. *Apple-honey syrup: 1 part raw honey mixed into 1 part organic apple cider.

2 Night Town
by Josh Hendrix from Proof + Pantry
  • 1 &1/2oz Snow Leopard Vodka
  • 3/4oz lime juice
  • 3/4oz white sugar cane syrup*
  • Pinch of Spanish sea salt
  • Cucumber slice
  • Dill Fond
  • Top with Lemon lime soda
Add all ingredients to shaker, shake & double strain in a Collins Glass with ice. Fill with lemon lime soda. Garnish w/ cracked black pepper and Dill fond *Sugar cane syrup: white sugar cane & hot water

The Astoria
by Erikah Lushaj from Bowen House
  • 2oz Snow Leopard Vodka
  • 1oz rosemary simple syrup*
  • 1/2oz lemon juice
  • Fresh strawberries
  • 1 egg white
Muddle strawberries. Combine ingredients. Dry shake to emulsify the egg white. Shake vigorously with ice. Double strain into stemmed glass.

* Rosemary simple syrup: 1cup sugar, 1cup water & 4 sprigs rosemary. Mix sugar in water in a small pot, heat on medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, then remove from heat and add the rosemary sprigs. Let sit and steep the rosemary for 5-10 minutes then pull out rosemary sprigs.

Snow Leopard can be also be purchased in Dallas at Pogo’s Wine & Spirits, Fossil Creek Liquor and Monticello Liquor. Enjoy!!