Vodka may be the most mixable and useful liquor in the bar. Its clean, clear taste is great with all flavors, sweet, savory, dry, and spicy. Featured in thousands of cocktail recipes that vary in character, ingredients, and style, there is a vodka cocktail for every drinker and occasion.
There are a few standout vodka drinks among the extensive selection. These are the most popular of those recipes and the drinks that everyone should taste at least once.
Cocktail menus are filled with vodka cocktails. There are many recipes you can make. Yet, there is only one true vodka martini, and it is unbelievably simple. All you need for this drink is vodka, dry vermouth, and bitters (plus a garnish like a lemon peel, if you’d like), making it nothing more than the classic gin martini with a vodka base. It is crisp, clean, and the best way to show off the top-shelf vodkas in your bar.
Vodka makes a great base for light fruit flavors. No cocktail plays this up as well as the cosmopolitan. It is that pretty-in-pink, fruity cocktail made with vodka, cranberry, and lime juices, and a high-end orange liqueur. The “cosmo” is a nickname for this cocktail. You can adjust it to your liking. Some people prefer it sweeter and add more cranberry. Others like it a little bit color. It is great in any way.
A well-made apple martini is a popular choice. Although you are familiar with the bright-colored version of this cocktail, there are many other variations. There are many recipes, from green apple schnapps to dry versions.
Sunday mornings would not be complete without a great bloody Mary. This vodka and tomato juice highball is a favorite for brunch, and it can be customized to fit your exact taste. It is also a popular “hair of the dog” hangover drink.
When you find yourself looking for a refreshing and short vodka drink, the black Russian is a perfect candidate. This recipe requires only two ingredients: vodka and coffee liqueur. You can also add a cherry to the top. It mixes in just minutes. Don’t worry about splurging on the vodka; a decent and budget-friendly bottle will do just fine.
The ultimate refreshment is a simple soda highball. The vodka tonic takes top honors in this category. Because the ingredients cleanse your palate between bites, it makes an excellent dinner companion.
The Moscow mule is a simple drink initially designed to introduce Americans to vodka in the mid-20th century. This simple cocktail has recently gained popularity as a new generation discovers its appeal. While many people choose to pour ginger ale, an authentic Moscow mule features the spicier ginger beer.
Many vodka cocktails are heavy on the fruit, and highballs like the screwdriver are nothing more than spiked fruit juice. It’s delicious at all times of the day, from brunch to happy hour. Of course, fresh-squeezed orange juice is preferred and creates a better screwdriver, though it’s not a requirement.
You might know it better as a vodka cranberry, but this trendy mixed drink is traditionally called the Cape Codder. This refreshing and satisfying mix is perfect for happy hour. The recipe is quite simple, and the combination of vodka and cranberry juice is sure to please.
Building on the simple “duos” of the screwdriver and cape codder, the madras and similar drinks mix not one, but two fruit juices with vodka. These “trios” are quite delicious. You can pair orange and cranberry juices together with vodka in the madras. If you want to enhance it with a third fruit, pour a flavored vodka instead; Citrus, raspberry, and cucumber are all excellent choices.
Add some grapefruit juice to your vodka cranberry to create the invigorating sea breeze. It is a member of the famous vodka-juice highball clan and is as simple as any other. You don’t need a lot of grapefruit juice, either, though it is best with the fresh-squeezed citrus. Grapefruit can be used to make several drinks.
Vodka is the perfect spirit for sweet martinis, and the lemon drop martini is one of the best. This recipe is simple and sweet with a tart flavor that will awaken your taste buds. The keys to this drink are to use fresh ingredients and find a balance between sweet and sour. Each person will have their own idea, so adjust the simple syrup and lemon juice to your liking.
When your sweet tooth needs a fix, few drinks will satisfy like a chocolate martini. You can mix it up in many different ways. Even the basic recipe can easily be modified to suit your taste buds. Go the traditional route with creme de cacao or, for the richest martini, choose a creamy chocolate liqueur.
One of the best cocktails for summer, the bliss on the beach is always a hit. This recipe is full of fruity flavors. You’ll combine the bright flavors of orange juice and peach schnapps with the darker fruits of cranberry juice and creme de cassis (black currant). It’s delicious with a vodka base.
If you’re in the mood for a peachy cocktail, the hairy navel is a great choice. Don’t let the name throw you off, the “navel” refers to the peach and the vodka makes it a little “hairier” than its tamer cousin, the fuzzy navel. You will simply need to add a shot of peach schnapps into your screwdriver to make this drink. This is a brilliant, simple upgrade.
Another mixed drink with a rather unique name, the Harvey Wallbanger is hard to pass up. Also a variation on the screwdriver, this recipe makes use of Galliano L’Autentico. It is the tall bottle of golden vanilla-spiced liquor that makes it stand out in every bar. It is poured on top of vodka-orange juice mixture to make this cocktail.
The Pearl Harbor is a delicious fruity highball with a great mix of flavors. This drink has been a hit for years because of its delicious taste and stunning appearance. This vodka drink combines pineapple juice and a green melon liquor such as Midori. You can mix the two or layer the ingredients to get an eye-catching green and yellow stripe in your glass.
Simple, refreshing, and oh-so-fine, the kamikaze is a fantastic vodka martini. It’s like vodka’s answer for the margarita or daiquiri, and it’s very easy to mix up. This recipe combines premium vodka, fresh-squeezed lime and a high-end Triple Sec. It’s a fancy little drink, but if you’re in the mood for more of a party, there’s also a kamikaze shooter.
For a slow sipping vodka cocktail, mix up the godmother. The combination of vodka with amaretto will be a hit. It’s perfect when you want a satisfying nightcap that’s sweeter than whiskey on the rocks but not overindulgent.
An ideal after dinner drink, the espresso martini is an absolute delight. There are many recipes, but this recipe has the best coffee flavor. It mixes vodka with a coffee liqueur like Kahlua and a shot of cold espresso. It adds just a hint of chocolate to give it some dimension.
Vodka can be used in bitter cocktails, too. The Campari cocktail is a fantastic choice that you can enjoy before any meal. Campari is a well-known bitter aperitif, and this cocktail is very transparent, allowing that bitterness to take center stage. Although it is not guaranteed that everyone will like it, you may find yourself liking it.
Simple, refreshing, and kissed with sweet fruits, the zipper is a stunning little sipper. This is a simple drink that’s made with equal amounts of Chambord, vodka, and lemon-lime soda. However, you can make it taller if you wish. Enjoy it any time of day, it’s particularly well-suited for happy hour and makes a great brunch pitcher drink with more soda.