The Luck of the Irish that begins in Poland

By on March 14, 2012

The Luck of the Irish that begins in Poland

Ultimat Luck of the Irish Cocktail

An American celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, coming up soon on March 17, 2012 would not be complete without a special libation.  When I went to the University of Texas, they dumped green dye into the iconic fountain, and students drank buckets of green beer. Later, in my more circumspect majority,  I discovered Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey and made that my go-to drink.  I mean who doesn’t love Black Bush (their premium brand) with nothing more than a little branch water?

But Ultimat Vodka,  the premium brand, known for its clean, bright aspect,  makes a fantastic base for a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail.  And wouldn’t you know?  They even claim healing properties for it. Unlike any other ultra-premium vodka, Ultimat is a carefully crafted balance of three ingredients — wheat for smoothness, rye for complexity, and potato for richness. Ultimat is produced in Poland, long considered the birthplace of vodka. Each bottle is a meticulously designed elegant cobalt blue crystal decanter.

To sip Ultimat is to find balance. Literally and figuratively. Don’t worry about how to make that basil syrup.  Just combine in a small saucepan a cup of sugar + a cup of water, bring it to a boil,  drop some fresh basil leaves in it,  jar it up and set it aside.  Within a day, you’ll have a a green-tinted basil syrup so yummy you may want it everywhere: on ice cream, in drinks, on a pork roast.  No, I’m not kidding.  I can see great possibilities for that syrup.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and remember to drink responsibly.

Ultimat Vodka

Ultimat Vodka St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails






The Luck of the Irish ·

**Basil is a great addition to help boost immunity and is packed full of antioxidant, antiviral and antimicrobial properties! Plus the Vitamin C in the lime juice will help ward off an pesky sniffles and coughs. ·

2 oz. Ultimat Vodka ·

1 ½ oz. lime juice ·

1 oz. basil syrup ·         Splash of Sprite or Club Soda

GARNISH – fresh basil leaf and a slice of lime

METHOD: Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well and serve in a rocks glass!


Ultimat Shamrock’n-tini

Ultimat Shamrock'n-tini

· 2 oz. Ultimat vodka ·

½ oz. Splash green creme de menth ·

Splash creme de cocoa ·

Splash cream GARNISH – a Hershey kiss

METHOD: Add all ingredients into a shaker. Shake till frothy and serve in a martini glass. Should taste like an ad

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Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”