Summer of Unexpected Pairings – Eggplant Rollitini Pasta and Fruit Punch in a Pinch

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Remember yesterday I mentioned the series of food and cocktail pairings that Pinnacle Vodka was doing this month? Today I have another recipe to share with you, courtesy Pinnacle Vodka.

This pairing is Eggplant Rollitini Pasta and Fruit Punch in a Pinch.

Summer of Unexpected Pairings - Eggplant Rollitini Pasta and Fruit Punch in a Pinch

Veggies, Pasta and Punch, Oh My!

Eggplant Rollitini Pasta


  • 1 medium eggplant, cubed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons garlic infused olive oil, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 pound bucatini pasta
  • 1 cup fresh ricotta cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a medium bowl toss together eggplant, tomatoes and 2 tablespoon of oil. Season with salt and pepper and place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in oven until browned, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and over high heat. Add the pasta; cook until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid and drain.

Mix drained pasta, eggplant, tomatoes and the cheese. If mixture seems to thick add reserved cooking liquid. Season with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle remaining oil on top.

Fruit Punch in a Pinch


  • 1 part Pinnacle® Fruit Punch Vodka
  • 1 part Pineapple Juice
  • 1 quarter part Lime Juice
  • 1 quarter part Cranberry Juice

In a high ball glass add all ingredients over ice. Garnish with a cherry and a pineapple slice.

You may also recall yesterday that I mentioned that in addition to the Unflavored base product, the Pinnacle Vodka line spans an array of more than 40 fun and indulgent flavors. I had no idea they made that many flavors! Isn’t that incredible! Here are just a few.

  • Atomic Hot®
  • Berry
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Cake
  • Caramel Apple
  • Cherry
  • Cherry Whipped®
  • Cherry Lemonade
  • Chocolate Whipped®
  • Cinnabon®
  • Citrus
  • Cookie Dough
  • Coconut
  • County Fair Cotton
  • Cucumber Watermelon
  • Grape
  • Key Lime® Whipped
  • Kiwi-Strawberry
  • Le Double Espresso
  • Mango
  • Marshmallow
  • Orange
  • Orange Whipped®
  • Original Whipped®
  • Peach
  • Peachberry Cobbler
  • Pecan Pie
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Rainbow Sherbet
  • Raspberry
  • Red Berry
  • Red Liquorice
  • Salted Caramel
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Tropical Punch
  • Vanilla


I want to try so many of them!


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Amanda Love July 27, 2014 - 3:43 pm

I don’t really drink vodka so have no recipe to share but I do want to make your eggplant pasta. That looks super yummy!

Terry July 27, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Your Fruit Punch looks fantastic. I can’t drink any longer, but I still make things like this when I have company. I could use the recipe and make myself a virgin one. Also, that Eggplant Rollitini Pasta is something my Hubs would beg me to make. I wonder how it would taste with brown rice instead of the pasta?

Stephanie July 27, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Your pasta looks really good! The punch sounds great too. I’d love to try these recipes.

Jaime July 27, 2014 - 9:31 pm

I’ve never heard of a Fruit Punch Vodka. I may have to try it before summer is over. It sounds perfect!

Kristal July 27, 2014 - 11:22 pm

Yes! A recipe that I can enjoy. I’m not a big eater of eggplant but that looks absolutely delish! I love that it’s meat free since I’m a vegetarian. I’d have to stay away from the fruit punch since I’m underage. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

patricia Marsden July 29, 2014 - 12:11 am

Bloody Mary for me; penn a with vodka sauce for my son.


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