Sometimes you want an expertly made and well-balanced cocktail. And sometimes you want some booze and artificial energy. Enter the Vodka Red Bull, once and arguably still quite popular at many city clubs and beyond.
If you’d like to make your drink a festive shade of red for the holidays, try this vodka cocktail with blood orange. "Blood oranges have a slightly different flavor than the oranges we are most accustomed to," says Kevin Denton, the national mixologist for Pernod Ricard. "The main thing to remember is that orange juice, particularly anything not freshly squeezed, is much more mellow in cocktails that we think it’s going to be."
If you’d like to make your drink a festive shade of green for the holidays, try this vodka and wheatgrass recipe. "Wheatgrass shots are so shockingly green that I knew as a cocktail ingredient they would add some sweet, fresh and lusciously vegetal flavors," says Kevin Denton, the national mixologist for Pernod Ricard.
For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team. Every Friday of football season, in honor of the Colts, Indianapolis’ Spoke & Steele serves these electric-blue drinks from a slushie machine alongside its spicy “famous nug” meatballs during happy hour.
Nothing says winter holidays like a pine-themed drink. This one by bartender Carmen Polcyn at Chicago’s Bar Toma also utilizes cranberries and lemon, making it even more festive. Sip the nonalcoholic version all day, or make the cocktail at night for a cool, yet warming, seasonal tipple.