2 Essential and Popular Vodka Cocktails

Whether you are just starting to mix your own cocktails or have put in years behind the bar, there are a few cocktails that you really need to know. When it comes to vodka, these ten recipes are among the most popular because, quite simply, they are also the best.

Why You Need to Know These Vodka Cocktails

There is no debate that vodka is the most mixable (and therefore useful) liquor in the bar. Vodka’s clear, clean taste pairs well with any flavor, from sweet to savory and dry to spicy. It is used in thousands of cocktail recipes that vary greatly in flavor, ingredients, and style, so there really is a vodka cocktail for everyone.

Within that extensive list of vodka drinks, there are some standouts that are considered essential. Two of those recipes are included here and they are the drinks that everyone should taste at least once. Even if you don’t like it, you can at least say that you’ve had it, then use that experience to sway your drinking decisions in the future.

They are also the foundation for other recipes, so this list is a great place to begin.

  1. Vodka Martini:

    Vodka-based martinis fill modern cocktail menus and there is certainly not a shortage of recipes to mix up. Yet, there is only one true Vodka Martini and it is unbelievably simple.

    What You Need: vodka, dry vermouth, bitters

    This is, essentially, the classic Gin Martini with a vodka base. It is crisp, clean, and the best way to show off those top-shelf vodkas in your bar.

    The vodka-vermouth combination is used in a variety of cocktails and, quite often, you only need to add a single ingredient.  If you find that you do enjoy the Vodka Martini, try one of these next.

    • April Rain: Adds lime juice
    • Irish Martini: Adds Irish whiskey
    • Orange Martini: Adds a few different orange notes
    • Vesper Martini: Straight from the pages of Casino Royale
  2.  Cosmopolitan:

    Vodka is an ideal base for light fruit flavors and no cocktail plays this up as well as the Cosmopolitan. It is that pretty-in-pink fruity cocktail made famous in “Sex and the City” and you’ll love it.

    What You Need: clear or citrus vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, cranberry juice

    Affectionately called the ‘Cosmo,’ you can make this cocktail to suit your own taste. Some people prefer it sweet and pour more cranberry, while others prefer just a splash for color. It’s fantastic either way.

    Apple, pineapple, melon, kiwi and almost any other fruit can be used to shake up a similar cocktail. These fruity ‘up’ drinks occupy the majority of the space on today’s cocktail menus.

    • Apple Martini: Use apple schnapps or try one of the other variations on this martini
    • Flirtini: This fruity martini brings pineapple, orange liqueur, and champagne to the party
    • Kiwi Martini: Adds fresh kiwi juice

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