Effen Vodka recently sent us its latest flavor, Salted Caramel ($30), and if it weren't for the accompanying marshmallows (my ultimate weakness) and other cocktail accoutrements, the bottle may have been tossed aside. I mean, how many silly flavored vodkas can one possibly try? However reluctant, I took one whiff of the wheat vodka and the buttery, caramelized scent made me feel giddy from the impending sugar high. Take a look at the cocktail recipe.

Despite smelling so sweet, the cocktail below is balanced, with just enough creaminess and savoriness. I'd even give it a heavy splash of simple syrup to make the salted caramel flavor shine. The name "rocky road" is a misnomer as this smooth sailing cocktail is like drinking a spiked milkshake. In fact, why not throw some ice in a blender and turn this into an adult shake? We'd approve. However, if you're on a time crunch, try the vodka on the rocks with a splash of ginger ale. I think it's safe to say we consider this particular flavored vodka to hold up to its liquid luxury tagline.

Effen Salted Caramel Rocky Road

Effen Salted Caramel Rocky Road

Effen Salted Caramel Cocktail

Ingredients

Ice
1 1/2 ounces Effen Salted Caramel Vodka
1/4 ounce DeKuyper Crème de Cacao Dark Liqueur
1 ounce half and half
Splash of simple syrup
Salted caramel marshmallows, for garnish
Milk chocolate shavings, for garnish

Directions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, vodka, crème de cacao, half and half, and simple syrup, and shake until frothy and chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with marshmallows and milk chocolate shavings.