Vodka is a liquor cabinet staple, but do you know what to mix it with to create a delicious drink? Let me share 5 simple vodka cocktails that you can make and enjoy at home.
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A little vodka knowlegde
Vodka has been around for ages, originating in eastern Europe and enjoyed in frigid climates. This spirit has since come to America and is now made in most regions of the world.
Vodka is meant to be clear, tasteless and versitle. Some varieties of premium spirits have notes of flavor but for the most part you want your vodka neutral.
Vodka can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. For the best taste, store your bottle in the freezer and take it out just before pouring your drinks.
Because vodka is neutral it can be combined with an endless list of mixers to create delicious cocktails. Read on for just a few examples of delicious vodka drinks.
Vodka and fruit juice
A few easy cocktails can be made with vodka, fruit juice and a little twist. Try the classic cosmopolitan that mixes cranberry juice, triple sec and vodka with a splash of lime. Make a screwdriver with just orange juice and vodka. You can also mix one of the following juices in a 1 to 3 ratio for a delicious drink. Try lime, grapefruit or lemonade from something refreshing.
A simple and classic cocktail, this drink dates back to the 1950’s and as James Bond has instructed us it is best served shaken and not stirred. It’s predecessor the gin martini is stirred to combine and garnished with an olive. For the vodka version, combine 2 ounces vodka and 1/2 ounce vermouth in an ice filled shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass garnished with a wedge of lime.
This drink is as simple as it sounds. Combine 2 ounces of vodka with 3-5 ounces of club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy. You can substitute the club soda with tonic water for a vodka tonic. Use a few lime wedges and squeeze their juice into the glass before serving for a little more flavor in this drink.
Find the full recipe here. This drink, traditionally served in a copper mug, has an interesting history and combines ginger beer with vodka to create a refreshing and spicy cocktail.
Vodka and Kahlua
If you enjoy coffee, try one of these vodka drinks. To make a black russian combine 1 1/2 ounces of vodka with 3/4 of an ounce of Kahlua. Shake and strain into a glass and garnish with a lemon. For a creamier version, try the white russian. 2 parts vodka, 1 part Kahlua and 1 part heavy cream. Shake and strain to enjoy this dessert like drink. For more coffee flavored drinks, try this espresso martini.
If you want to try some other simple vodka drinks, check these out. Click on the photo to find the full recipe.
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What is your favorite way to enjoy vodka?