Cocktails 101: VODKA

Today we celebrate National Vodka Day! In honor of this classic spirit, we’ve scoured the Earth to bring a little knowledge – and fun – your way. Here are the TOP 10 Vodka cocktails – plus how to make’m! – for you to enjoy and even try at home, if you dare. Cheers!

 

Lemon Drop Martini

Glassware: Martini Glass

Serving: 1

Supplies: Shaker

Ingredients:

1 1⁄2 ounces vodka

1⁄2 ounce triple sec

1 teaspoon superfine sugar (or simple syrup)

3⁄4 ounce fresh lemon juice

4 -5 ice cubes

Lemon twist

Superfine sugar, for the martini glass rim

If you’ve got a soft spot for lip-puckering lemonade, then we’ve got the perfect cocktail for you. Chill your martini glasses in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes. Add the vodka, triple sec, sugar, lemon juice and ice into a shaker and give it a good shake for 30 seconds. Run the twist around the rim, dip the rim in superfine sugar and pour the shaken cocktail into the glass.

 

Black Russian

Glassware: Rocks Glass

Serving: 1

Supplies: Stirrer

Ingredients:

1 ounce Kahlúa

2 ounces vodka

Ice

If you like your coffee on the darker side, the White Russian’s got an alter ego fit for you: the Black Russian. It’s so easy you can make this with your eyes closed (while sipping it to bring you back awake). Fill up the rocks glass with ice, pour the Kahlúa and vodka, then stir.

 

Muddled Screwdriver

Glassware: Highball Glass

Servings: 8

Supplies: Bowl for muddling, wooden spoon

Ingredients:

2 oranges, washed and cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds

1 lemon, juiced

Pinch kosher salt

16 ounces chilled vodka

5 cups chilled orange juice

1 cup crushed ice

Move over mimosas, we’ve found brunch’s new best friend. Introducing the Muddled Screwdriver, which makes enjoying booze feel just a bit healthier by enjoying some of your daily servings of fruit with whole oranges. Add the orange slices, lemon juice and salt to the bowl and muddle so that the fragrant oils of the peels are released. Stir in the vodka, then stir in the orange juice. Add the crushed ice to the highball glasses and pour the mixture into each glass.

For Variation: If you want a unique twist of flavor, try the Madras, which simply adds cranberry to the classic screwdriver recipe.

 

Sex on the Beach

Glassware: Highball Glass

Serving: 1

Supplies: Shaker

Ingredients:

¾ ounce Absolut Vodka

3 ounces Cranberry Juice

3 ounces Orange Juice

¾ ounce Peach Liqueur

This renowned drink got its claim to fame in the summer of ‘87, when peach schnapps was being introduced and the company ran a contest for the best selling cocktail using the new liqueur. For the love of the libations that happen at spring break, the world was introduced to “Sex on the Beach,” which became the winning cocktail.

The cocktail itself is pretty simple to make, just add all of the ingredients into the shaker and top with ice, then shake. Fill a highball glass up with ice and strain into the glass.

 

Cosmopolitan

Glassware: Martini Glass

Serving: 1

Supplies: Shaker

Ingredients:

2 ounces vodka

½ ounce triple sec

¾ ounce cranberry juice

¼ to ½ ounce fresh lime juice

Ice

Garnish: One 2-inch orange peel/twist

From the times when being iconically chic and fashionable in Sex and the City was the thing to be, one of the most befitting drinks that fit right into their nights out is the Cosmopolitan. This bold red drink can be made in a cinch. Fill the shaker with ice and add the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice, then shake. Strain into a martini glass and twist the orange peel over the drink and garnish.

 

Bloody Mary

Glassware: Two 11-inch highball glasses

Serving: 1

Supplies: None

Ingredients:

2 ounces tomato juice

1 ½ ounces vodka

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

¾ teaspoon freshly grated horseradish

3 dashes hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco

1 pinch salt

1 dash freshly ground black pepper

About 1 cup ice cubes

¼ teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 stalk celery

1 lemon wedge (optional)

Nothing cures a hangover quite like a classic Bloody Mary. If you find yourself bleery-eyed but needing to get your brunch game on, this recipe will get you back to (almost) normal in no time.

Pour the tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, hot pepper, salt and pepper into the first highball glass and stir. In the second glass, fill it up with ice cubes and pour the contents of the first glass into the second glass. Pour back and forth to mix well, then add some fresh lemon juice. Garnish with the celery and lemon and drink up to dim down those weary bloodshot eyes.

 

Moscow Mule

Glassware: Copper mug or highball glass

Serving: 1

Supplies: None

Ingredients:

Half of a lime

2 ounces vodka

4 ounces cold ginger beer (we recommend Fever Tree or Gosling’s)

Ice

The Moscow Mule is spicy and sweet and served not so neat. It’s a perfect cocktail for those that like a little gingery kick in their sips. Squeeze the lime into the glass, then pour vodka. Fill the glass up with ice and top off with ginger beer.

 

Birthday Cake Shot

Glassware: Shot Glasses

Serving: 4

Supplies: Shaker

Ingredients:

2 ounces cake vodka

2 ounces chocolate liqueur

2 ounces half & half

Agave nectar/simple syrup to wet rim

Sprinkles to rim shot glass

While vodka is used for classier concoctions, this birthday cake shot recipe is a cute concoction that says the party is about to get lit. Prepare your shot glasses by dipping them in simple syrup or agave nectar, then rimming them with sprinkles. Mix all of your ingredients into the shaker, give it a shake and serve into each glass (pour ⅔ of the way).

 

Caramel Apple Spritzers

Glassware: Apples (real and juicy apples)

Servings: 8

Supplies: Pitcher and spoon for mixing

Ingredients:

8 apples

8 Lemon wedges (to prevent apples from browning)

½ cup Caramel (for rimming)

¼ cup cinnamon-sugar (for rimming)

1 750-ml bottle moscato, chilled

1 cup green apple vodka, chilled

1 cup Sprite, chilled

We’re talking about the grand daddy of presentations in vodka cocktails. Everything is edible, from drink to cup and that’s because your serving your cocktails in a green apple.

Start by prepping your apples to be filled with booze: slice the top of the apple and begin coring until you have an inch ½ inch remaining. Squeeze lemon into the cup to avoid the insides from browning, swirling the lemon juice around the inside. Rim the top with caramel and then dip in cinnamon-sugar. Combine the moscato, vodka and Sprite in the pitcher, mix and then pour into your apples.

 

Vodka Pink Lemonade Slushies

Glassware (*ahem*): Lemon halves

Servings: 10

Supplies: Blender, ice cream scoop

Ingredients:

5 lemons, halved

⅓ cup vodka

1 cup pink lemonade

2 cup ice

1 bunch mint (enough to garnish 10 lemon halves)

While we’re saying goodbye to the summer, it doesn’t mean we have to let go to the refreshing sweetness of lemonade. In this recipe, we call for pink lemonade to make these adorable and unique slushie shots.

Begin with halving your lemons and scooping out the pulp. Add the vodka, pink lemonade and ice to your blender and blend on high until you have a slushie consistency. Use your ice cream scoop and serve each lemon half with a scoop of slushie, then garnish with a mint.

 

 

 

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