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Jonathan Van Ness Shares His Favorite Cocktails

Jonathan Van Ness Reveals This "Gorgeous Vodka" as His Go-To Drink For the Season


Jonathan Van Ness knows a thing or two about cocktails, and now that it's the holiday season, the Queer Eye star is especially ready to kick back and relax with a mixed beverage. As a brand partner with Smirnoff, Jonathan is helping to promote awareness of using clean ingredients in alcoholic drinks. In October, the iconic vodka brand announced that it went non-GMO, specifically opting to use non-GMO corn during distillation. At a recent event hosted by Smirnoff, Jonathan sat down with POPSUGAR to share which drinks he (and the rest of us) will be sipping on this season.

For a simple quaff and a "moderation moment," Jonathan says a cranberry Smirnoff No. 21 does the trick for him. But if he wants to "shake up a moment," then he goes for the "Van Ness," a pleasant blend of Smirnoff No. 21, blackberries, lemon juice, agave nectar, and club soda garnished with a rosemary sprig. Or, if you want Jonathan's description of it, then it's "this lemony, citrusy, rosemary-ish, blackberry-ish Smirnoff No. 21 non-GMO gorgeous vodka." Altogether, the fusion of flavors make for a refreshing drinking experience.
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 8:  The Van Ness (YASS!) made with Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, now non-GMO on display on October 8, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Smirnoff)
"I think getting into a non-GMO space is great," Jonathan said. "Anywhere we can just have a space to make things more simple and a little bit cleaner — I love that. It feels like an opportunity to be a little bit more balanced and a way to be a little bit more diverse in where we get our ingredients." These sentiments echo a growing fancy for more transparency in the food and drink industry. After all, the use of fresh ingredients is something that's become much more important to cocktail-lovers.

In addition to having a solid background as a hairstylist, comedian, podcast host, and TV personality, Jonathan Van Ness clearly also knows how to partner with brands for causes that he's passionate about. I was already a big fan of Jonathan before because of his shining personality and upbeat aura, but seeing him at the event, getting behind the bar in front of attendees and making a few drinks with the bartender, made me love him even more — along with the red sweater and overalls. By the end of the night, even I felt like I could dabble into the world of mixology (and believe me, I'm no cocktail connoisseur).

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Whether or not you decide to try out the "Van Ness" at your next holiday party, Jonathan still has just one tip for making sure your drinks are good: "Wash your hands before you put the ice in if you're using your hands. Don't get your germies in the ice!"

Image Source: Getty / Cindy Ord
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