For anyone who loves experimenting with new recipes, either on the plate or in the glass, there are fewer things more fun than discovering a slew of new cocktails to try out — even better if actor Robert De Niro is attached to them. As a way to celebrate the United States launch of VDKA 6100 (that's read as "vodka," in case you were wondering), which premiered in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey earlier in the month, the brand shared eight recipes that promise a "twist of tomorrow."
Originating in Australia, VDKA 6100 is distilled in New Zealand, designed in New York, and the bottle is sculpted in France. Distilled three times using fresh seasonal whey that's sourced from grass-fed cow's milk and spring water from New Zealand, the vodka is filtered through a bed of carbon, which apparently gives it a smooth finish that is best enjoyed on the rocks.
According to the company, De Niro was "tapped from the beginning for his reputation as a visionary in the hospitality business." We're not quite sure how much involvement he actually has, but we hope the co-creator did more than just lend his name for some attention.
"I'm very proud to be associated with the creative team behind the launch of VDKA 6100. It will be personally rewarding to be a part of its growth," says De Niro.
Check out the below recipes and try VDKA 6100 out for yourself!
Gently rub basil in a shaker with a muddler. Combine all remaining ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a sour glass over crushed ice. Garnish with kiwi slices and fresh basil.
Combine all ingredients (except Prosecco) in a shaker with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a champagne flute, top with Prosecco and garnish with celery and pineapple.
Muddle strawberries and cucumbers with simple syrup. Combine lemon juice and VDKA 6100 in a shaker with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water, stir and garnish with a fresh strawberry and cucumber.
Combine ingredients (except beer) in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a tumbler glass. Top with a heavy splash of lager beer. Stir gently. Garnish with skewered mini pickles and dust with cayenne pepper.
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
6100 Bloody Mary
Combine all ingredients and roll gently in a shaker without ice. Pour into a collins glass rimmed with celery salt/pepper/Old Bay Seasoning, and garnish with celery, a cherry tomato, and a mini pepper.
Muddle ginger slices and lime slices in a shaker. Add VDKA 6100, simple syrup, and large sprig of mint. Shake and strain over ice in a collins glass and top with a splash of soda and a squeeze of a lime wedge. Garnish with mint, and candied ginger.