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Make This Valentine's Epic with these 2 Vodka Recipes

Chocolate Covered Cherry Float and Epic Crush are Two Drinks to Get You in the Mood -- Whatever Your Attitude may be!

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Now that the holidays are over, it's time to focus on the next gift-giving holiday, Valentine's Day. Whether you are the romantic type, or in the class that hates all things pink and red around this time of the year, EPIC Vodka has something for you!

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Introduced in 2013, EPIC Vodka is named for the great moments found in our lives.  "EPIC believes you define the time and the moment, but if you are a romantic at heart and like to play along, try our Chocolate Covered Cherry Float for two and snuggle up to share the fun!" said Tracey Clapp, marketing director, vodka.

Or if you're looking for some DIY Valentine's gift ideas, pair a martini shaker, a bottle of EPIC vodka, two glasses and your favorite cocktail recipe. Add a can of whipped cream for an extra treat!  For those really crafty, create a "manly" bouquet with EPIC 50 mls glued to floral pics and arranged inside a martini shaker.  Add red and white crinkle paper in the base to complete the festive look. 

If you're low in the creative department but high in the romance area, make your favorite EPIC Vodka martini and drop in candy conversation hearts right before serving for some floating sweet nothings. 

If Valentine's Day isn't your thing, there's ways to honor Valentine's Day for even the most disavowed celebrator.  Try an EPIC Crush cocktail, and crush all romantic notions from your head as you enjoy this fun and fizzy drink (don't forget the bitters!)

For those truly jaded, invite your single friends over (no dates allowed!) and host an anti-valentine's day party, serving up EPIC Crushes.  Make sure to have a small mallet on the side in case anyone wants to take out their frustrations on the ice!  Skewers full of black jellybeans also make an eye catching addition to your cocktail table. 

"EPIC Vodka offers you a clean, crisp taste at an attractive price point," added Clapp.  "And no matter how you celebrate Valentine's Day, if you are poetic or pragmatic, it's a day to define who you are and own it."

Made with vodka imported from France, EPIC is inspired by centuries-old distilling traditions and is made with hand-selected wheat harvested from the Champagne region in France. The brand is available in 1.75 ml, Liter, 750 ml and 50 ml. Suggested retail pricing for EPIC 750 ml is $12.99.

EPIC Valentine's Day Cocktail Recipes:

(Note: High Res Photos of both cocktails are available)

EPIC Chocolate Covered Cherry Float
Ice
5 Ounces Root Beer
1 Ounce EPIC Cherry Vodka
½ Ounce Chocolate Liquor
1 scoop vanilla bean ice cream
Maraschino cherries for garnish
In a large sundae glass combine the root beer, vodka, and liquor.  Stir to mix. Top with one scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and garnish with cherries.

EPIC Crush
6 Ounces Strawberry Soda
1 Ounce EPIC Classic Vodka
½ Ounce Orange Liquor
Two Dashes of Bitters
Ice
Combine the soda, vodka, orange liquor, and bitters in a highball glass. Stir and add ice. Garnish with an orange wedge.

All recipes and photos are by Stefanie Bundalo, http://www.sarcasticcooking.com/.

EPIC vodka is available in a classic unflavored vodka at 80 proof plus nine different flavors in 70 proof each; Peach, Whipped Cream, Kiwi Strawberry, Cherry, Cake, Citrus, Grape, Red Berry and Coconut.  More flavors will be added in the future.  The brand is supported at retail by case cards, large displays, channel cards and recipe booklets.

About Imported EPIC Vodka
EPIC Vodka is imported and bottled by the Sazerac Company. Sazerac is one of New Orleans' oldest family owned, privately held companies and has operations in New Orleans, Louisiana; Frankfort, Bardstown, Louisville and Owensboro, Kentucky; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Carson, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Lewistown, Maine; and Montreal Canada. For more information on EPIC Vodka, please visit www.epicvodka.com, or join in the conversation on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/EpicVodka and https://twitter.com/epicvodka. For more information on Sazerac, please visit www.sazerac.com.

SOURCE EPIC Vodka

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