Gourds, squashes and pumpkins have no place in cocktails.

Step your mixed drink game up this fall by adding bespoke ingredients like persimmon, pears and cider. With fall becoming synonymous with pumpkin-spiced everything, separate yourself from the rest and be elit. This fall, elit by Stolichnaya has teamed up with bartenders across the country to create elevated fall-focused cocktails. Give them a mix for yourself.

Cape Cod Sour

Cape Cod Sour

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Cape Cod Sour

Created by Ben Potts, Bartender at Beaker & Gray, Miami

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. elit Vodka
  • 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 2 bar spoons Cranberry Preserves
  • 2 dash Orange Bitters
  • 1 Egg White
  • Float Red Wine

Preparation: Shake all ingredients except wine with ice, shake again without ice, strain into large rocks glass, top with red wine float, garnish with lemon zest.


All Things Considered

All Things Considered

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All Things Considered

Created by Joe Calles, Bartender at Luxbar, Chicago

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. elit Vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz. Persimmon Cordial*
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 pinch Kosher Salt

Preparation: Place all ingredients into a shaker tin. Add ice. Shake and dilute until chilled. Strain and pour into a coupe glass garnished with fresh grated cinnamon.

*Persimmon Cordial

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Diced and Skinned Fuyu Persimmons
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 cups Water

Preparation: In a small sauce pan, add diced and skinned fuyu persimmons, sugar, and water. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 45 minutes before straining. Then take 1 cup of the diced/skinned persimmons and blend it back into your persimmon syrup. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Cider of the Elit

Cider of the Elit

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Cider of the Elit

Created by Amin Benny, Bartender at Fig and Olive, LA

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. elit Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Pear Purée
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Homemade Cider Syrup*
  • 2 oz. Unfiltered Apple Juice

Preparation: Shake and strain over ice and serve in a rocks glass topped with a Dehydrated Apple Ring garnish. Place straw through hole in ring.

*Cider Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Refined Sugar
  • 2 cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. Whole Clove

Preparation: Lightly toast cinnamon and clove. Add water a steep spices until water starts to boil. Add sugar and stir till dissolved. Let heat, but do not let boil. Cover and allow it to get to room temperature. Strain out all spices. Refrigerate and should be good for 2 weeks.


About elit
A product of tireless precision from grain to bottle, elit elevates centuries of vodka tradition to the fine art of ultra-luxury vodka. elit is distinguished from other vodkas is the freeze-filtration process, where the liquid is brought to precisely -18º C before passing through an ion-charged filter. The result is an understated and uniquely creamy vodka, void of any imperfections.