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To Have on Hand for Red Vodka

Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of vodka now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has a recommendation for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference:   

Russell Davis recommends Russian Standard Vodka, a straightforward-yet-smooth wheat vodka that won't break the bank and yields a much better quality and experience than other Russian vodkas of the same price point.

April Wachtel suggests Smirnoff Vodka, an iconic Russian vodka brand best known for helping to popularize the Moscow Mule back in the 1940s. It’s a clean spirit with just a hint of black pepper on the finish.

Seth Weinberg says that Stoli Vodka (a premium vodka that has been produced since 1938)—due to the Russian wheat it's made from and its triple distillation—has character that's a perfect base for these cocktails.   

Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 20 1/2 oz of vodka; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.   

Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2 and 2 oz, as well as a strainer, shaker, bar spoon, mixing glass, peeler, and citrus reamer or juicer. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.   

Recommended glassware: Collins, coupe, and double rocks glass   

Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 4 pounds of ice (4 ice trays’ worth).   

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