Vodka is sometimes criticized for being boring, but we prefer to see it as a blank canvas on which other interesting ingredients can flourish. So start getting inspired.
Vodka is traditionally drunk “neat” (not mixed with water, ice, or other mixers). It is often served freezer chilled in the vodka belt of Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, and Ukraine. It is also used in cocktails and mixed drinks, such as the vodka martini, Cosmopolitan, vodka tonic, screwdriver, greyhound, Black or White Russian, Moscow mule, Bloody Mary, and Caesar.
Since the 1890s, standard vodkas have been 40% alcohol by volume (ABV). The European Union has established a minimum alcohol content of 37.5% for vodka. Vodka in the United States must have a minimum alcohol content of 40%.
This vodka, Triple Sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup were born in the 1970s. It has been a global hit and is now a classic.
This large-format cocktail mixes vodka, Aperol, lemon and orange juices. It’s topped with club soda, garnished with oranges and thyme.
This cocktail is full of healthy ingredients and spices. The vodka is infused with turmeric, honey, and lemon juice to add a savory flavor to carrot juice. Bitters are a great addition to the drink for brunch or afternoon sipping.
Carrie Bradshaw was as adept at cocktails as she was in clothes. Cosmos made with citrus vodka and Cointreau, lime juice, and a splash of cranberry are a delight. It is elegant and strikes a delicate balance between sweetness and tartness.
This vodka, ginger ale, and lime juice are perfect for summer afternoons. You can also choose to use a copper mug.
This Cosmo-inspired cocktail is the official cocktail of Kentucky Oaks, another big horse race in Bluegrass State. It combines vodka, orange liqueur and lemon juices with simple syrup to create a winning combination.
The Gimlet is the classic Gin cocktail. This is a drink where the spirit of the distillation is mixed with lime juice or simple syrup. However, vodka has been a popular choice in this simple sour cocktail for many decades.
The Chi-Chi is essentially a Pina Colada with vodka substituted for the rum. It consists of vodka, pineapple juice, and creamy coconut. This makes it a sweet and tropical drink.
Employees Only are the most popular NYC bar in New York City. It is a vodka South Side mixed with soda. Mix lemon juice, simple syrup, and some fresh mint for the best summer drink. Then, top it with club soda.
Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet
This cocktail gives the classic Gimlet, a combination of simple syrup, lime juice, and gin, a fresh-produce boost. The perfect warm-weather cocktail is possible when vodka is replaced with gin.
This summer refresher is essentially a boozy Arnold Palmer (and you can understand why if you know any golf icons), and it consists of vodka, lemonade, and Iced Tea. Pour the ingredients into a tall glass and stir to combine. Garnish with a lemon wheel.