12 Drinks of Christmas- Day 13. Back to Work ? Here’s an Extra Cocktail for Anyone for Back to the Grind!

I know the 12 Drinks of Christmas should technically be over, I like to do a + 1 day because going back to work after a long weekend that includes a holiday seems to me to be the perfect reason for an interesting cocktail. Think of it as a “chill pill” or a way to unwind. It’s the perfect match with a take-out dinner or a food that is delivered to you and ready to eat.


Disclosure: I received bottles of  two of the Van Gogh Vodkas along with the sample pack shown below. It makes it easier to talk about great cocktails when you know what the cocktail will taste like.  It in no way impairs my ability to evaluate the cocktails or the brand.

From Van Gogh Vodka — one of my newest favorite spirits- are a collection of cocktails that are based around sweet influences. Skip the dessert while you sip these flavorful drinks revolving around Dutch Chocolate, Dutch Caramel, and Double Expresso! Van Gogh gave me a couple of sample bottles to try in the Dutch Chocolate and Expresso and I got the small sample pack that featured all three flavors PLUS a regular vodka from Van Gogh (see below for image!) PLUS


Created with our signature Dutch Caramel Vodka, this refreshing recipe makes the perfect fall cocktail. A simple cocktail to prepare, our Caramel Zing can be enjoyed casually or as a quick party cocktail.


2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
3 oz. ginger ale
1 squeezed lime wedge

Pour vodka and ginger ale into a rocks glass filled with ice and stir briefly.
Squeeze fresh lime juice on top.
Garnish with a cherry.


Crafted with our signature Van Gogh Wild Appel and Van Gogh Dutch Caramel, the Caramel Appel Martini is a perfect fall cocktail. Mix it up for a savory brunch drink or Halloween recipe.


1½ oz. Van Gogh Dutch Caramel
½ oz. Van Gogh Wild Appel
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
Splash of cranberry juice

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and shake vigorously.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with an apple wedge.


Created with our signature Double Espresso Vodka, this coffee-inspired creation makes the perfect fall or winter cocktail. A simple cocktail to prepare, our Double Espresso Russian can be enjoyed casually or as a quick party cocktail.


1 oz. Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka
1 oz. coffee liqueur
1 oz. half & half

Pour coffee liqueur and vodka into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
Float half & half on top and stir slowly.

There are a number of great Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate vodka cocktails on these posts: Post #1, Post #2, Post #3, Post #4 Thanks to Van Gogh for the great  photos, recipes,  and samples.

Stevie Wilson,




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