Friday is National Vodka Day, so it’s fitting that you spend the weekend imbibing the clear spirit that many secretly love but outwardly feign disdain for. Part of the joy of vodka is its versatility. It mixes well with just about anything, and that’s not just because juices and syrups disguise its taste. A well-made vodka drink should have that cold snap of grain when it hits your palate. And although flavored vodkas can be cloying, they can also enhance. Take, for example, a cheekily named drink called Porn Star that’s served at Nic’s Beverly Hills. It highlights the best of both worlds by mixing plain vodka with smooth vanilla vodka, passion fruit juice and a touch of tangy lime. A fake mustache garnish completes a near-perfect boozy disguise.
Nic’s Beverly Hills, 453 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 550-5707
5 minutes. Serves 1
1 ounce vodka, preferably Cariel
1 ounce vanilla vodka, preferably Cariel
2 ounces passion fruit juice
Squeeze of Mexican lime
Fake mustache, for garnish
In a shaker, combine the vodka, vanilla vodka, passion fruit juice and lime juice with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass and garnish with the fake mustache.
Carbohydrates 9 grams
Sugar 9 grams
Sodium 4 mg
NOTE: Adapted from a recipe created by Larry Nicola and Luis Sanchez for Nic’s Beverly Hills.