When you want to beat the heat, do you have a cocktail recipe you turn to? I typically find myself craving something cool, fresh, and citrusy, but not too sweet. This summer, I’ve been enjoying a cocktail creation of mine using one of my favorite vodkas, Unicorn Vodka. The Unicorn in the Garden Cocktail is packed with refreshing ingredients like cucumber, mint, lime, and Unicorn’s unique color-changing vodka! They launched this spring, and I am so excited that I was able to partner with a new PNW brand.
I was able to meet the founder of Unicorn and learn all about how the company came to be and how they chose their name. The backstory on the name might surprise you. I thought the name must have been chosen because of the color changing aspect of the spirit, but that’s not the full story. The term “unicorn” is also used in the venture capital industry to describe a privately held startup company with a value of over $1 billion. So, making the decision to choose Unicorn was part color changing magic and part aspirational. How cool is that?
Step 1: Combine cucumber juice, lime juice, and mint simple syrup into a highball glass.
What is a highball glass? A highball is a glass that is used to serve “tall” cocktails that are poured over ice. The shape keeps it cold while also preserving the carbonation of a drink.
Recipe for mint simple syrup:
Step 2: Stir gently, then add ice and club soda.
Step 3: Float the vodka on top.
As you pour, watch as the vodka works its magic and changes color! Why does it change? Well, the vodka is made with butterfly pea tea– an ingredient when paired with acidity, like lime, changes color!
I love this vodka for its unique look and its smoothness. The butterfly pea tea doesn’t impact the flavor of my beloved vodka recipes and in some recipes, the look can add a new twist. Like with the Unicorn Cosmo I did. It features the great flavors the cosmo recipe is loved for, but with a fresh, bold new look! Grab yourself a bottle of Unicorn Vodka and give either of these recipes a try.