Amber Love 28-MAR-2012 After the serious debacle of my formerly favorite vodka company’s ad campaign (Belvedere’s Rape Ad), I am glowing with pride that my new favorite vodka company VAN GOGH VODKA is doing something positive for the community with its COCKTAILS WITHOUT PREJUDICE program. I certainly didn’t need more reasons to drink martinis but now I have a better reason to order one while out at one of the participating bars.
Music’s icon Cyndi Lauper runs the True Colors Fund where the Give a Damn campaign started back in 2010. Give a Damn is supposed to encourage straight people to see the importance of LGBT concerns in our society. The Give a Damn campaign and Cocktails Without Prejudice have teamed up with mixologist Jonathan Pogash to create a custom Give a Damn martini which is offered in 60 participating locations. I’m quite surprised that there are actually four locations in my home state of New Jersey. For each martini sold, $1 will be given to the Give a Damn campaign.
Give a Damn Martini
Created By The Cocktail Guru, Jonathan Pogash
- 1½ oz. Van Gogh BLUE Triple Wheat Vodka
- ¾ oz. POM pomegranate juice
- ¾ oz. Monin cinnamon syrup
- Top off with 1½ oz sparkling wine
Shake first three ingredients very well with ice and strain into a martini glass. Top off with chilled sparkling wine and garnish with a sweetheart candy.
In the past few months, my Twitter followers have been subjected to photos of my @VangoghVodka experiments. I’ve had no training whatsoever but once in a while I nail a cocktail that is perfectly delicious and sinful.
Here’s my latest:
* 1 part Van Gogh Caramel Vodka
* 1 part Van Gogh Dark Chocolate Vodka
* 1 part almond milk
I couldn’t find the new Dark Chocolate Vodka on shelves in several stores but the manager at a Bottle King was kind enough to special order one bottle for me and it arrived in a couple of days. I’ve begged Van Gogh for a PR job on Twitter. Maybe someday, I’ll get that lucky! After reading about Van Gogh’s Cocktails Without Prejudice, I am even happier than before to unofficially Tweet my love of their products.
As they say, please drink responsibly and have a sober driver.