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Jan 14, 2011 01:12 PM

Vodka shooter for smoked salmon appetizer

Hosting an apres-ski-themed dinner next weekend. The appetizer will be the traditional smoked salmon/red onion/cream cheese/rye bread/capers preparation. I'd like to serve some flavored iced vodka shots with it, one on the dry side and one sweeter. I've got the dry shooter covered (just a basic dirty martini, but in a shot glass), but need help with the sweeter shooter. Any ideas? Something that will appeal to the ladies. Thanks!

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    1. re: Johnny West

      Thanks Johnny. Definitely thought about that. Simple and a crowd-pleaser. And an excuse for a new bottle of Chambord!

    2. I'm thinking a basic sour, vodka, lemon juice, and a fennel simple syrup (fennel stalks sliced and simmered in syrup.)

      1. I'd do a shot of Linie Aquavit, ice cold. The caraway would harmonize with the salmon/rye/capers. Very complex aquavit, not like firewater at all.

        For a sweeter one, I might do sidecars in a shot glass. The cognac would be nice with the salmon, and you could make it balanced (not too sweet) so the lemon sour and citrus could come through too.

        Personally, the thought of Raspberry (Chambord) and salmon is unappealing.

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        1. re: EvergreenDan

          Thanks EvergreenDan - I ended up doing "Russian" sidecars in a shotglass, using vodka instead of cognac (and Grand Marnier instead of Cointreau or triple sec). Very tasty and nice with the salmon. A big hit with my guests! Thanks for getting me on the right track!

          1. Kamikaze
            Equal parts Vodka, Triple Sec (or Cointreau) and fresh lime juice
            Shake with ice and strain

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            1. re: wineguy7

              Thanks wineguy7 - see my reply to EvergreenDan. I guess what I ended up doing WAS pretty close to the Kamikaze, too!