Vodka’s neutral taste allows it to be the chameleon of the cocktail world, easily mixing with flavors ranging from sweet to spicy and citrusy to savory to create a wide variety of drinks. It’s essential in classics such as the Bloody Mary, the Black Russian and a number of Martini renditions, and top bartenders including Nico de Soto of Mace, Danico and more, pioneering bartender Tony Abou-Ganim, and Bryan Schneider of Quality Italian put the spirit through its paces with much more unique cocktails we’ve included in this roundup. Experience vodka’s versatility for yourself with these 10 cocktails you can make at home.
CBD soda stars in this trendy spin on a classic Spritz. Its citrusy flavor pairs with Aperol, sparkling wine, and vodka to make a bitter and refreshing drink that will mellow you out and give you a buzz all at once. Don’t have CBD soda? Any citrus-flavored soda will do in a pinch.
Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule
Your classic Moscow Mule gets a fruity kick in this fall-inspired take. Vodka, cran-apple juice, lime juice, and ginger beer come together in the iconic copper mug and are topped with apple slices and fresh cranberries for an extra-festive garnish.
Slightly sweet, creamy, and spirit-forward, this original flavored Martini should take a place in your regular rotation. Simply shake vodka, pineapple juice and crème de cassis with ice, then strain and enjoy.
Botanical Bee’s Knees
When you want something a little bit stronger for your afternoon teatime, turn to this cocktail. Cooled camomile tea’s floral flavors are highlighted with peach and orange blossom vodka brightened with lemon juice and sweetened with a hint of honey to make a delicately delicious cocktail.
Explore vodka’s softer side with this fruit-forward sipper. When mixed with Aperol, St-Germain, ruby red grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and an egg white, the spirit helps to soften and moderate the bitter and floral elements to create harmony between the flavors.
Sip on a glass of summer with this fresh take on a Gimlet. Muddled basil and cucumber add a refreshing herbal and vegetal note to vodka and lime juice, while a dash of lemonade helps to add some sweetness. Serve over ice and garnish with a basil leaf
Looking for something earthy and spiced? Try this. Pistachio-fat-washed vodka makes a rich base for the deep flavors of Brazilian espresso and homemade cardamom syrup. Serve in a punch cup garnished with cardamom pods for an extra-special presentation.
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