Polished Princess Cocktail

Polished princess cocktail

The Spruce Eats / Teena Agnel

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
214 Calories
5g Fat
15g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 214
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 97mg 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.)

The Polished Princess is a fantastic autumn cocktail. Though more of a fresh cranberry cocktail than a pumpkin drink, it does include the spice mix used in pumpkin pies, so it still has a hint of that PSL feel. It's a drink you can enjoy all season long and is a great way to finish off your Thanksgiving meal.

This recipe was created by mixologist Jonathan Pogash for Sobieski Vodka, an impressive and affordable Polish rye-based vodka that's often shortened to just Sobi. It features the brand's soft vanilla vodka with a muddle of fresh cranberries and pumpkin spice. Adding the egg white results in a luscious cocktail with a rich texture that is simply delicious.

Ingredients

  • 8 fresh cranberries, divided

  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup

  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 pinch pumpkin spice

  • 1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka

  • 1 large egg white

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for polished princess cocktail
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  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine 5 cranberries, simple syrup, lemon juice, and pumpkin spice. Muddle well.

    Fill
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  3. Add the vanilla vodka and egg white and dry shake without ice.

    Shake
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  4. Add ice and shake again.

    Add ice
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  5. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add 3 floating cranberries for a garnish. Serve and enjoy.

    Strain
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Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk for food-borne illness.

Tips

  • When you can't find fresh cranberries, you can rehydrate dried cranberries for this drink. Simply soak them in hot water (vodka works, too) for about 20 minutes and strain off the liquid. The fruit won't be picture perfect but will work just fine for the muddle and the garnish will sink rather than float.
  • You can purchase pumpkin pie spice at most grocery stores, though it's very easy to make at home. The classic pumpkin spice mix is made of allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and you can mix up as little as 2 teaspoons.
  • Fresh lemon juice is highly recommended. On average, a lemon yields 1 3/4 ounces of juice, so one piece of fruit should be enough for three cocktails.
  • There are two keys to mixing up egg cocktails: ensure your egg is super fresh and shake it extra long. The first is a safety issue and a quick water test will help you out. The second is the reason for the dry shake and ensures the white becomes fully integrated with the other ingredients.
  • Serving this cocktail in a chilled glass makes it just a little bit better. If you don't have one pre-chilled, take the quick route: Place a few ice cubes in the glass while you're mixing, then dump them before straining. Adding cold soda water as well makes it just a little colder.

How Strong Is a Polished Princess?

Like many flavored vodkas, Sobieski Vanilla is bottled at just 70 proof. Since that's the only liquor in this recipe, it is a mild drink. It shakes up to 12 percent ABV (24 proof), or half the strength of the average fruity vodka martini and is more like drinking a glass of wine.