Whether you prefer simple or sweet, the Idonis cocktail will satisfy your palate without being too sweet. Vodka pairs well with rich apricot brandy and pineapple, bringing a taste of the tropics. This cocktail is a unique, slightly sweet drink that offers a nice change from time to time. It may not become your favorite, but it’s a nice change to try. It may appear as though this cocktail would be almost transparent due to the long pour of vodka, but the pineapple juice offers a refreshing complement. Fruit juices as they are shaken take on a foamy quality, and the texture overtakes everything else in the drink. You shouldn’t find that to be a problem, since it’s part of what makes the juice a great mixer because you know it can provide a mouthfeel other mixers can’t match.
Katinka is a fruity cocktail that is similar to an Idonis. It is made by mixing vodka with apricot brandy. It is an interesting blend of flavors that makes for a smooth sipper, and the mint garnish is visually appealing and adds a subtle hint of flavor that makes it slightly more interesting. Pour 1 1/2 ounces of vodka, half an ounce of apricot brandy, and half an ounce of lime juice into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir well. Strain it into a chilled cocktail glass and top it with a sprig of fresh mint.
Those from Islands UK or Isle of Man can shake this drink to remove pineapple cream if they like. It is important that you stir for at least 30 seconds in order to obtain a properly mixed drink. This is one drink where sweet apricot brandy liqueurs may actual be preferred over the unsweetened version distilled straight from the fruit. If you prefer a sweet drink, the extra sweetness may balance it, though it’s best to try both options and determine what you prefer. Adding 1 ounce of apricot brandy is also a popular addition to the Idonis. Cooling down the glass of a cocktail helps bring its flavors together. It is awkward and takes up space to keep a few frosty on ice, so you can give it a quick chill instead. You can place a few ice cubes in the glass while mixing the drink and discard them before straining.