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Fourth Of July Recipe


  • 3 oz. of Cardinal Sin Vodka
  • ½ oz. Cranberry or Pomegranate Juice
  • Dash of Grenadine
  • ½ oz. Blue Curacao
Shake vodka, juice, and grenadine in a shaker with ice. Strain into glass. Pour Blue Curacao gently down the side of the glass so it comes to settle on the bottom. Enjoy!

When to enjoy this Sin

All of the time!


Sin Sweetly

Sinfully Sweet Tea Recipe

Cardinal Sin Vodka recipe Sweet Tea Ingredients
  • 4 instant tea bags
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  1. Pour Cardinal Sin Vodka into a pitcher of choice.
  2. Drop in tea bags. Let sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour (until Cardinal Sin Vodka is a deep caramel/brown color).
  3. While Cardinal Sin Vodka is infusing, add water to a pot and bring to a boil.
  4.  Make a simple syrup by adding sugar to the boiling water and stirring until fully dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  5. When Cardinal Sin Vodka is the right color from Step 2, remove tea bags and discard.
  6. Add simple syrup to tea infused Cardinal Sin Vodka.

Voila! Cardinal Sin sweet tea vodka.

Note: If you would like it sweeter, just make more simple syrup and adjust to taste, up to 1 part infused Cardinal Sin Vodka to 1 part simple syrup.


Cardinal Sin Sangria

Cardinal Sin Sangria What You Will Need:
  • Your favorite bottle of wine
  • 1 cup Cardinal Sin Vodka
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • 1 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 1/2 cup lemonade
  • 2 cups of soda water
  • plus sliced fruit (orange, lime, strawberries and/or blueberries – or whatever fruit you want to add)

1.) Prepare ahead of time by adding all the liquids together except the soda water

2.) Place in freezer.

3.) When ready to serve, add the soda water and fruit & enjoy!

Fishbowl Sins

Cardinal Sin Fishbowl

Cardinal Sin Fishbowl

What You Will Need
• 1 box of nerds
• 1 box of Swedish fish
• 1 lemon
• 1 lime
• 1 orange
• 5 oz Curaco
• 5 oz Malibu
• 6 oz Cardinal Sin Vodka
• 16 oz Sprite
• 16 oz pineapple juice

And you’ll also need a half gallon fishbowl, or a large pitcher! (The fishbowl makes it 3x more fun!)
1. Mix all liquids together over ice!
2. Add candy
3. Add sliced fruits
4. Insert straws and drink up

Cardinal Sin Fishbowl

Ultimate Cardinal Sin Bacon Bloody Mary

The Cardinal Sin spin on the classic Bloody Mary lets you enjoy a sweet bacon treat with your drink!

Ultimate Cardinal Sin Vodka Bacon Bloody Mary
Please remember, no matter how delicious, always Sin Responsibly Ingredients: For the Bloody Mary Seasoning:

• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
• 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
• 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/8 teaspoon dried basil
• 1/8 teaspoon white pepper

For the Candied Bacon (Yum!)

• 1 pound bacon
• 4 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the Drink: (per drink)

• 1 1/2 ounces Cardinal Sin Vodka
• 7 ounces V8 juice
• 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
• squeeze of lemon
• 1/2 teaspoon tabasco (I like a pinch of horseradish too, but only if you like spicy)
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon pepper
• celery
• stuffed olives
• ice

Directions: For the Bloody Mary Seasoning:

1. Simply blend all the spices together.

For the Candied Bacon:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cover a baking sheet with foil. Place a greased rack over the foil and lay the bacon strips side by side across the rack. You can squeeze them together but avoid overlapping if possible.
2. Mix the brown sugar and cayenne together, then sprinkle over the top side of the bacon slices.
3. Bake the bacon in the oven for about 20 minutes. You’re looking for golden brown and still slightly pliable. The bacon will firm up after it cools. Remove and let the bacon set for a minute. When cool enough to handle, gently lift the bacon and weave onto tall skewers while the strips are still pliable.

For the Drink:

1. Pour Cardinal Sin Vodka, V8, Worcestershire, Tabasco, salt/pepper, and squeeze of lemon into a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into a tall glass with ice.
2. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon of Bloody Mary seasoning (or creole seasoning) on the top of the drink.
3. Garnish with olive spears, celery stalk, shrimp and bacon skewers!
4. Drink, enjoy, repeat

Cardinal Sin Redbird Cocktail

Enjoy a baseball game while sitting back & sipping on this refreshingly red cocktail!

Cardinal Sin Vodka Redbird Cocktail
No matter how much you love the St. Louis Cardinals, please remember to always Sin Responsibly.

• 1 lb fresh strawberries
• 1/2 lb fresh raspberries
• 1 cup fresh lime juice
• 3/4-1 cup sugar
• 1 1/2 cups Cardinal Sin Vodka
• 2 to 3 cups chilled sparkling water
• Ice


1. Blend strawberries and raspberries in a blender until liquid-y.
2. Pour through a sieve into a pitcher, press and discard solids.
3. Add lime juice and sugar to pitcher, stir.
4. Over ice, pour 1-2 (or to taste) shots of Cardinal Sin Vodka, add 1/2 cup of strawberry/raspberry purée and top with sparkling water. Garnish with raspberries & strawberries, or any fruit your Sin desires.

Sin in Spring Cocktail Recipe

Cardinal Sin in Spring
  • 2 raspberries
  • 2 ounces Cardinal Sin Vodka
  • 3/4 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon peel for garnish

Lavender infusion: Use two sprigs of lavender, allowing to infuse for 6 days, then double strain to remove all of the herb.

  1. Muddle the raspberries in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the spirits and lemon juice.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Double strain into a chilled, lavender-rubbed cocktail glass.
  5. Express the lemon peel by squeezing it over the drink to release the oils, wipe the glass rim with the peel, then drop it into the glass.


Lemon Vodka Cream Pops Recipe

Lemon Cardinal Sin Vodka Pop


The best thing about warmer weather is cool treats. The tasty cream treats are a fun spin on taking Cardinal Sin outside the glass.

  • 3 or 4 medium lemons
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup 1% or 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. table salt
  • 2 Tbsp Cardinal Sin vodka
  1.   Remove all of the zest from the lemons using a citrus zester. Set the lemons aside.
  2.   Combine the lemon zest, cream, milk, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat. Let steep at room temperature, stirring occasionally, for   30 minutes.
  3.   Squeeze 2/3 cup juice from the lemons. Stirring constantly, slowly pour the lemon juice into the cooled cream mixture. Stir in the vodka.
  4. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a 4-cup glass measure (or any container with a spout for easy pouring), pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Divide the mixture among eight 3-oz. pop molds and freeze overnight.

Summer Sin Cocktail Recipe

Summer Sin Cardinal Sin Vodka Cocktail Recipe

Enjoy this amazing Cardinal Sin Vodka Cocktail during Summer afternoon BBQ’s, Outdoor Parties, Picnics, and Warm Summer Evenings!

Summer Sin Cocktail Recipe

Serves 1
Prep time 5 minutes
Meal type Beverage
Misc Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
Region American
Website Cardinal Sin Vodka - St. Louis Distillery
Delicious drink for Summer afternoon BBQ's, Outdoor Parties, Picnics, and Warm Summer Evenings!


  • 1oz Cardinal Sin Vodka
  • 2oz Pomegranate Blueberry Juice
  • SplashOrange Juice
  • SplashPineapple Juice
  • 1 Orange Slice (For Garnish)


Step 1
Shake all ingredients in a Cocktail Shaker with Ice. Serve chilled with an Orange Garnish.

Drink This Weekend Edition: Where to sip Cardinal Sin

Originally Posted on’s Drink This Weekend Edition: Where to sip Cardinal Sin
Friday, August 17th, 2012
Cardinal Sin

Photo Credit Sauce Magazine

Area bartenders are eager to shake and stir local, quality products into their cocktails. When it comes to vodka, they’re giving a nod to Cardinal Sin, a small-batch vodka that St. Louis Distillery launched a few months ago.

Like many vodkas, Cardinal Sin is crisp and clean. Contrary to many unflavored vodkas, though, it has a full-bodied, almost buttery mouth feel. According to distiller Greg Deters, the artisan spirit is achieved thanks in part to the recipe (that uses a mash bill of Midwestern malted corn and northern plains barley) but also to the advanced technology of his still.

“We’re able to, with one distillation, get the heads, hearts and tails more precisely separated,” explained Deters. Through batch distillation instead of continuous distillation, he said, “Once the still does its work, we can manually go in and more accurately slice off the tails and heads.”Thus, Cardinal Sin vodka reaches its purest form the first time it passes through the still (unlike the four, five, six or more times that many vodka producers like to tout these days), yet it still retains the flavor and aroma that give it character.

Earlier this week, a handful of bartenders assembled at vodka haven SubZero in the Central West End to hear Deters discuss the operations at St. Louis Distillery and to share a few Cardinal Sin-inspired libations. Looking to taste what the pros concocted? Here are three places where you can sin with pleasure this weekend.

At SubZero, bar manager Dustin Parres has created The Homegrown Sin. Parres’ garden-fresh libation includes Cardinal Sin, Thatcher’s organic elderflower liqueur and a house-made cucumber syrup topped with club soda and a cucumber garnish. At Salt, Matt Obermark is offering the Spiced Collins. For this summery, sprightly Collins, Obermark combines Cardinal Sin with another local product, The Big O ginger liqueur, along with house-made honey syrup, lemon juice, Peychaud’s bitters and a splash of club soda. Want something boozier? Try Essential Sin: a vodka martini created by Joel Clark of Sanctuaria. Clark uses a three-to-one ratio of Cardinal Sin vodka and dry vermouth, then he adds depth of flavor with orange bitters and a dash of house-made brown butter sage liqueur before garnishing the drink with an orange twist.

If three sins aren’t enough for you, Deters mentioned that St. Louis Distillery will soon be looking for local bartenders to create cocktails inspired by each of the seven cardinal sins. Get ready to go to confession.