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My 10+ Favorite Vodka Drinks

My favorite Vodka drinks are those that are full of flavor, since I rarely drink spirits neat.

For me, there are two ways to drink vodka – for purists – neat, with no mixers or flavorings and in mixed drinks and, for casual drinkers, in mixed drinks and cocktail recipes.

Everyone who dabbled into the realm of spirits as a teenager has probably had a screwdriver. (vodka and orange juice).   

Drinks in martini glasses, copper mugs and highball glasses featured in a collage with the words My top10 favorite vodka drinks

It’s cocktail hour with my 10 favorite vodka drinks.

Vodka is composed primarily of water and ethanol.  Traditionally is it made by the distillation of fermented grains and potatoes.

Some modern brands use fruits or sugar to distill it. Vodka brands vary considerably as does the price.

What makes a good vodka? For me, it’s one that seems to have a smoother finish, without the “burning” sensation that cheaper vodkas sometimes have.

My favorite vodka drinks

Let’s see how to use vodka in mixed drinks with these recipes.

Vodka Cocktail Recipes
Moscow Mule.

Restaurants serve Moscow Mules in all sorts of containers, but the traditional (and best, in my opinion) way to serve it is in a delightful copper mug.

 

Moscow mule cocktailIngredients:

  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 – 3 ice cubes
  • 2 ounces of Vodka
  • 6 ounces of Ginger Beer
  • wedge of lime to garnish
  • Copper Mug 

Preparation: Add the lime juice, vodka and ginger beer in a copper mug over the ice and garnish with a lime wheel.

 Cosmopolitan

This traditional cocktail is very popular and easy to make. It’s also a very pretty drink when made.

Cosmopolitan cocktailIngredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce Cointreau orange liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce cranberry juice

Preparation: Shake all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Smooth Operator

The reason this drink is called a smooth operator is because the drink is as smooth as can be.

It is full of fruity flavor and perfect for those who don’t like the taste of any alcohol in their drinks. I used Chobani vanilla yoghurt and vodka for this drink.Smooth Operator CocktailIngredients:

¾ oz. vodka
4 strawberries
6 raspberries
2 blackberries
4 tbsp. vanilla yogurt
3 oz. apple juice
3 ice cubes
Garnish: strawberry slice

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a highball glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.

Ritzy Raspberry

I think this one might be my favorite! This refreshing drink has the goodness of raspberries and a hint of mint combined with lemon lime.

The lemon-lime offsets the sweetness very well. I especially like the taste of this one.Ritzy Raspberry cocktail
Ingredients:

Preparation: Muddle the raspberries and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and the remaining ingredients. Shake and strain into a tall glass.

Madras

This refreshing drink could not be easier to make.  It is perfect for a quick and fruity summer time sip.madras cocktailIngredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces of cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce of orange juice

Preparation:  Pour the cranberry juice and vodka into a margarita glass and stir well.  Top the drink off with orange juice.  Enjoy!

Screwdriver

Simple combination of vodka and orange juice and the friend to every young person starting to drink vodka. This is another drink perfect for brunch.Screwdriver cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 5 ounces of orange Juice
  • slice of orange to garnish

Preparation:  Place the ingredients in a tall glass with ice. Stir well and garnish with a slice of orange.

Bloody Mary

This tomato based cocktail is the perfect choice for brunch.  Tip:  Have the hot sauce in a bottle nearby, so guests can add as much as they want.

Some might like it spicy and others not so much.Bloody Mary CocktailIngredients:

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 6 oz. tomato juice
  • 2 to 3 drops of hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Dash of pepper
  • Celery slice to garnish

 Preparation:  Mix all of the ingredients and serve it in a highball glass over ice.  Garnish with a slice of celery.

 Vodka Mimosa

Brunch anyone? This delicious blend of vodka, orange juice and champagne, is the perfect way to toast the day!

This drink is basically a screwdriver with a classy twist.Vodka Mimosa cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • Champagne to top the drink

Preparation: Add the vodka and orange juice to a chilled champagne glass. Top up with champagne. Enjoy!

Cape Cod

Want to feel as though you are enjoying a day in the sun on Cape Cod?  Try this delicious drink.Cape Cod cocktail.

ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 3 ounces of cranberry Juice
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel

Preparation:  Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add the vodka and cranberry juice. Stir well and garnish with a lime wheel.

Black Russian

I love the creaminess of this delicious cocktail.  It is a perfect choice for those who like a hint of coffee taste in their drinks.Black Russian Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 ounces of vodka
  • 3/4 ounce of Kahlua
  • heavy cream (optional)

Preparation: Fill a short glass with ice.  Add the vodka and Kahlua and stir well. Some versions add heavy cream to the drink, or even cola soda.  This is just a straight version of it.

Do you have other vodka drinks that I haven’t mentioned here?  What are your favorites?

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