Pinnacle® Vodka And Celebrity Chef Claire Robinson Shake Up The Summer With Fun And Unexpected Food And Cocktail Pairings

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Working with the Pinnacle® Vodka mixologist, Claire developed a series of simple, seasonal dishes designed to pair perfectly with a unique Pinnacle® Vodka cocktail

Pinnacle® Vodka And Celebrity Chef Claire Robinson Shake Up The Summer With Fun And Unexpected Food And Cocktail Pairings

Deerfield, IL (July 1, 2014) – Burgers and beer got you down? Hot dogs, hoagies and lemonade not making the cut? Pinnacle® Vodka, one of the leading imported premium vodka brands, has teamed up with fan-favorite chef Claire Robinson to create a series of fun and surprising food and cocktail pairings ensuring that this summer, foodies everywhere will be cooking and cocktailing better than ever. 

Working with the Pinnacle® Vodka mixologist, Claire developed a series of simple, seasonal dishes designed to pair perfectly with a unique Pinnacle® Vodka cocktail. The pairings will kick off with a special 4th of July menu on Pinterest and will then continue with a new pairing post every week throughout the remainder of July. 

“I am excited to remind people that fresh and delicious seasonal cooking is just as easy as – and so much more fun than – some of the typical summer standbys. And when you pair a delicious dish with a really tasty cocktail, everyone gets excited,” said Chef Claire Robinson. “I was really inspired by all of the different pairings I could create with the amazing Pinnacle Vodka flavors – with so many to choose from, there really aren’t any limits to what you can create.”

Recipes will include sides, main dishes and even a few scrumptious desserts. Drink recipes throughout the program will highlight some of Pinnacle® Vodka’s most popular summer flavors, including Coconut, Cinnabon®, Tropical Punch, Citrus and others. All recipe pairings will be featured on a dedicated Pinnacle® Vodka Pinterest Pinboard. 

“There are few things a Pinnacle Vodka fan loves more than food and entertaining, so it made a lot of sense for us to work with a chef of Claire’s caliber on this project,” said Jason Dolenga, Senior Brand Director of Vodkas at Beam Suntory. “With more than 40 fun flavors, Pinnacle Vodka fans can get really creative with their menus this summer.  We hope these recipe pairings will help get everyone off to a good start.” 

The 4th of July menu includes:

  • Snappy Ginger Garlic Peas paired with Pinnacle® Original Vodka in the Golden Sage cocktail
  • Mojo Pork Tenderloin paired with Pinnacle® Raspberry Vodka in the Red, White & Blue cocktail 
  • Sugar & Spicebox Cake paired with Pinnacle® Cinnabon® Vodka in the Cinnabon® Splash cocktail
Snappy Ginger Garlic Peas
  • 1 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
Prepare a bowl with icy water and set aside.  Cook peas in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of icy water to stop the cooking. Drain peas and pat dry.
Whisk together ginger, vinegar, and oil.  Add peas and sesame seeds and mix. Season with salt and pepper. 
Golden Sage 
  • 1 part Pinnacle® Original Vodka 
  • 1 part Pineapple Juice 
  • 1 quarter part Lemon Juice 
  • 1 quarter part Dry Vermouth  
Mix ingredients, shake and strain over ice.  Serve in a rocks glass.  Garnish with a sage leaf (make sure to tap the sage leaf between palms or snap in the fingers to release its essence). 
To see all six recipes and more Pinnacle® Vodka Unexpected Pairings, visit Pinnacle® Vodka’s Pinterest page. To find a store or recipe, visit, “LIKE” Pinnacle Vodka on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @PinnacleVodka and Instagram @PinnacleVodka.

About Pinnacle Vodka

Award-winning Pinnacle Vodka is one of the leading imported premium vodka brands. Five times distilled, the smooth spirit starts with the finest wheat grain from the Brie region of France. Pinnacle Original Vodka was recognized with the top honor for the Vodka category in the 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), beating out more than 100 vodkas from all over the world in a prestigious blind taste-testing. In addition to the Original base product, the Pinnacle Vodka line spans an array of more than 40 fun and indulgent flavors including the brand’s most recent launch with Pinnacle® Cinnabon® Vodka. 

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renown premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s,  Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.  The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes. 

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture.  Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  

For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

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