A dear friend recently introduced me to Chopin Vodka. I had never tasted this vodka before but I am always willing to try new things. Guys, it was love at first taste! LOL It was not only smooth but had good flavor with no harsh back band. I first tasted it with orange juice and then straight over ice with olives. After that I knew I had to try something else with it. You know me, I had to turn it into something sweet. Last year, I made a Strawberry Lemonade Granita and Pineapple Mango Sorbet using Svedka Vodka. Now Chopin is a potato based vodka and top shelf and worth every penny! I traveled far here in AZ to get this vodka, as some of the local liquor stores did not carry it. I finally found it at BevMo in Peoria, I was thrilled and the staff was great! Now, let's talk a little bit about my favorite liquor store back home. It's called Rishi's International Beverage located in Grand Rapids Michigan. I can't say enough about this place. Rishi and his staff are incredible! They are friendly and very knowledgeable. The beverage selection is nothing less than out of this world. They carry it all and if they don't, just ask Rishi and he will get it in for you! It's like being a kid at a candy store where theres so many options and treats to choose from! I will actually be writing a full post in the up coming weeks telling you guys all about it. Now back to Goodness in a cup! With summer coming to an end I wanted to make one last boozy treat. I decided to make a vanilla and strawberry mousse dessert with my new found love Chopin Vodka. This could be served after an outdoor evening dinner or simply as a single cocktail among friends. After a few different attempts I was very pleased with the results. It was smooth and refreshing which is always a plus in the summer time. I shared two different options for you to try. I prefer a smooth mousse with the strawberry blended inside however I also cut up the strawberries and mixed them in the mousse which gave you little strawberry bites inside.
5-6 - Tablespoons of Chopin Vodka
1 box of Instant Vanilla Pudding
1 1/2 cups of Whipping Cream
2 - Vanilla pudding cups
4-6 Strawberries and additional for garnish
Begin by mixing your whipping cream and instant pudding mix until soft peaks form. If you want the strawberry flavor to be smooth, you will want to place your strawberries in a blender then add to your pre made mixture and mix again. Now if you want your mousse to have little strawberry bites you will want to cut up your strawberries into small squares and then add them to your pre made mixture. It's your personal preference. Once you have you have mixed in your strawberries you will want to add your vodka and vanilla pudding cups until your mixture is stiff. Goodness in a cup is ready to serve and garnish with a strawberry!
Hope you will give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!