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If you love the taste of caramel and want to up your cocktail game this fall and winter season, then you have to try a bottle of Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka! I recently hosted a fall event at One Sixty Madison, which is a Luxury Residential High Rise I do the food and beverage events for.

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CiderFEST was my excuse to bring out the best of fall flavors and we enjoyed a range of ciders from NY along with Wind & Willow Caramel Cider “Toddys” spiked with Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka. This caramel toddy was the biggest hit at the event, which was no surprise since everyone loves a delicious spiked hot beverage. Van Gogh Dutch Caramel is delicious and boasts aromas of freshly cooked caramel, with a long sweet finish. On the palate, it’s easy to sip on its own and sometimes I even enjoy it on the rocks when I want something sweet and spiked for dessert!

What made this cocktail fun, was that we used Van Gogh mini bottles to spike the hot cider, which people could enjoy a little or a lot in their cup. Depending on their level of sweetness tolerance, it was a huge hit with everyone at the party. I walked around with a basket full of the minis, and when people filled their cups with the hot caramel cider, they had to find me to grab a nip of the caramel vodka.

CiderFEST is just one of the many events I host at One Sixty Madison, and this one wouldn’t have been complete without Van Gogh vodka.

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Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Toddy- by Sara Lehman

8oz Apple Cider

1/2 tsp Wind & Willow Caramel Cider Mix

2oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka

1/2 Lemon Squeezed (optional)

Method: On the stove, or in an electric tea kettle, heat apple cider with the wind and willow caramel mix. Once heated to your desired temperature, pour into a coffee mug. Add the vodka, and stir. Add the lemon (optional) to the cup after you taste the toddy first, to see if it’s too sweet you may need a bit of acid. Sip and enjoy on a chilly fall day!

Other fun ways to use Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka

  1. Mix with maple syrup to top your pancakes or french toast.
  2. Mix into hard chocolate ganache (once all chocolate is melted) and once hard, roll into truffles.
  3. Mix into melted chocolate or caramel, for a fun spiked fruit dip.

Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly!