Fall is the time of pumpkin. Pumpkin patches, pumpkin carving, “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and pumpkin spice everything.

There’s even pumpkin flavored booze.

While I’m not one to turn down a pumpkin spice latte, or two, the orange gourd has never been my favorite. I often opt for a sweeter flavor, such as caramel apple.

This year, so has Minnesota’s Phillips Distilling Company.

For a limited time, the distilling company brought back a favorite flavor in the rainbow of UV Vodkas – Salty Caramel Apple.

For those interested in trying it, what better way to incorporate the fall flavor than to mix it with a favorite fall sport – football.

So, UV created some tailgating recipes specific to their newest flavor and Vikings fans. And, in the process, discussed why the flavor is so great for the season and the sport.

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What was behind the decision to bring UV Salty Caramel Apple back this year?

UV Salty Caramel Apple is a seasonal release, back by popular demand and available for a limited time only. With the transition to fall we’re moving the focus to cocktails that complement the season. Salty Caramel Apple is one of my favorites in our entire line-up, it’s the perfect balance of salty and sweet. It tastes like an orchard apple dipped in caramel and topped with just a hint of salt for the perfect fall flavor combination.

Why do you think people enjoy a nice cocktail before sporting events, especially when it comes to football?

Cocktails and sports are the perfect combination to celebrate with friends. UV’s colorful line-up of flavored vodkas are a fun way to show your team spirit! Just pick the flavor that corresponds with your favorite team’s color and you can show your spirit with the cocktail you’re drinking.

What is the best cocktail you recommend to enjoy for a tailgate party?

Whether you’re enjoying tailgating food favorites like hamburgers, chicken wings or classic nachos, UV Vodka has a flavor for everyone at your party. UV Grape is my flavor choice during football season.

What’s the best drink to enjoy before morning games? Afternoon games?

A Bloody Mary made with UV Sriracha flavored vodka is our favorite game-day cocktail. The delicious mix of garlic, peppers and just the right amount of spice adds the perfect kick to the traditional Bloody Mary.

What are a couple recipes for Vikings fans?

Being a Minnesota company we have the perfect recipes that also feature our team colors! Try the ones below to cheer on the home team!

SKOL!
1 part UV Grape
2 parts lemonade
Fill a highball glass with ice and pour all ingredients over ice.

The Viking
1 part UV Salty Caramel Apple
2 parts soda water
Serve over ice in a lowball glass.

Bloody Hail Mary
1 part UV Sriracha
2 parts tomato juice
1 part celery salt
1 part Worcestershire sauce
Dash of hot sauce
Serve over ice in a highball glass.

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