For the Record Cocktail

Cory Mendonca's For the Record Cocktail

The Spruce / S&C Design Studios

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
385 Calories
11g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 385
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 69mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 15mg 73%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 99mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A fun and unique vodka cocktail, Las Vegas bartender Cory Mendonca created a drink that's sure to make you smile. The "for the record" recipe features Hangar 1's Buddha's Hand Citron Vodka mixed with sweet floral and fruit flavors.

The drink mixes the citrus vodka with St. Germain and Cartron Grenade, a sweet and delicious pomegranate liqueur. To finish it off, Mendoca adds a fantastic strawberry-lime hard cider from Rekorderlig you won't want to miss.

The ingredients in this cocktail are very brand-specific and they come together wonderfully. While there are substitutes for most of them, do yourself a favor and try to stick with the recommendations. It's a great way to introduce yourself to something new and they may even become new favorites in your bar.


  • 1 1/2 ounces citrus vodka

  • 3/4 ounce elderflower liqueur

  • 1/4 ounce pomegranate liqueur

  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup

  • 2 ounces strawberry-lime hard cider

  • Lime twist, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, pour the citrus vodka, liqueurs, lime juice, and simple syrup. Add ice.

  3. Shake vigorously.

  4. Strain into a large coupe or martini glass while simultaneously adding the cider to blend.

  5. Garnish with a long lime twist. Serve and enjoy.


  • Fresh-squeezed lime juice will produce the best cocktail. The average lime yields between 1/2 ounce and 1 ounce of juice. The quickest way to add it is to simply squeeze the juice from a single fruit into the shaker.
  • With all the attention given to specific premium ingredients, it would only be right to use homemade simple syrup. It's very easy—requiring nothing more than sugar and water—and will save money over the store-bought variety.

Recipe Variations

  • Hangar 1 takes a unique approach to citrus-flavored vodka by using Buddha's hand rather than the typical citrus fruits. Its zest is particularly flavorful and both the zest and the fruit could be used for a homemade vodka infusion to recreate Hangar 1's version. Alternatively, almost any citrus vodka can be used in this recipe.
  • As a substitute for Cartron Grenade, you could pour Pama pomegranate liqueur or simply use grenadine.
  • Rekorderlig's strawberry-lime cider is just one example of the various citrus-based hard ciders available. Pouring similar ciders flavored with different fruits should produce a great drink as well. In a pinch, regular hard cider will do.

How Strong Is a For the Record Cocktail?

With nearly the same alcohol content as a glass of wine, this cocktail mixes up to be a flavorful, relatively gentle drink. If you go with all the suggested brands, it should weigh in around 15 percent ABV (30 proof).