With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it only fitting that this week’s Cocktail of the Week by fitting with the season. Enter Three Olives vodka, who graciously supplied me with a bottle of their Rangtang flavored vodka as well as a nifty recipe for something called “The Jack-O-Lantern.” How could I resist?
After the jump, check out the Jack-O-Lantern and see if this drink was a trick or a treat…
(Sorry, that was lame)
First, I must say that I love when free booze arrives at my doorstep. Here’s the package from Three Olives. I immediately feel immense joy — so much so that I don’t even care that I’m sharing with you my extraordinarily messy table.
Behold the Three Olives Rangtang vodka. For those who don’t know what the hell “Rangtang” means, it’s simple a goofy way of saying “orange flavored.” Oh, and also behold the OJ, I suppose.
I start off by pouring 3 oz. of OJ into the shaker. This is fun and all, but it turns out I’m supposed to put 3 oz of vodka in instead. Oops. I happily drink the juice up and start anew.
Okay, now we’re on the way for realz, yo. 3 oz of Rangtang voda — orange colored, lest there be any confusion of its flavor.
Next goes a mere 3/4 oz of orange juice.
Lastly, 3/4 oz of lime juice. Yes, I made a mess.
I fill the shaker with ice and then, well, shake.
Ta-da! The Jack-O-Lantern (insert Danny Elfman / Nightmare Before Christmas music here)
And now the tasting…
The Verdict: Super good! I didn’t really know what to expect from this drink (aside from lots of orange flavor), but I can assure you the end result is quite tasty. In fact, it’s kind of hilarious that this benign drink is called “The Jack-O-Lantern” as it is hardly spooky (nor imbued with pumpkin flavors). The best way to describe the flavor is a melted orange popsicle. That’s a good thing.
Be sure to add this to your Halloween repertoire. Thanks for the booze and the recipe, Three Olives!