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


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


  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.
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