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Cheeky Peach

Vodka , Modern Classics

The fresh peaches of summer may be long gone, but you can relive the magic in this fruity fun cocktail. All you need is vodka, peach schnapps, pineapple juice and a little mint, and you can party like it’s the middle of July.

Java the Hutt

Vodka , Modern Classics

Bartender Chris Cheng of Westroot Tavern in San Diego professes a distaste for puns but couldn’t resist employing one for this decadent made with horchata vodka and cold-brew coffee. And as his city is home to an installment of the world’s biggest fantasy fest, Comi-Con, it’s only fitting that he’s ready to whip out a few George Lucas–loving cocktails faster than a nimble little Grand Master Yoda employs a lightsaber.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Celebrate the Release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ with These Great ‘Stars Wars’ Cocktail Recipes.”

Death Star

Liqueurs Vodka Whiskey , Modern Classics

Life may be all sunshine and Disney magic in Orlando, but at Taverna Opa, bartender Alex Attart likes to take a walk on the dark side of life. Here, his homage to the imperial superweapon skews the color of Darth Vader’s cape with good use of Jägermeister digestif and Coca-Cola. He also makes a nifty little ice orb replica of the Death Star for extra empirical effect, but regular cubes will do just fine.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Celebrate the Release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ with These Great ‘Stars Wars’ Cocktail Recipes.”

Honey-Kissed Cosmopolitan

Vodka , Modern Classics

Put away the can opener and forget about that whole “jelly or whole berry” debate. Unlike the plate-staining side dish, this Cosmo variant at Bridges at New York Hilton Midtown has a boozy kick. Grapefruit vodka mimics the citrus peel that gives popping, simmering berries bright citrus, and a rosemary sprig adds a whiff of herbaceousness.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Right Drink. For Every Bit of the Thanksgiving Meal.”

Screwdriver

Vodka , Classics

The Screwdriver is an essential part of the mixological toolkit.

White Russian

Vodka , Classics

Made infamous by The Dude's in The Big Lebowski, the White Russian is a classic vodka cocktail. Sweet, creamy and boozy, this three ingredient cocktail is dessert in a glass – an old fashioned glass, no less – with the ability to get you tipsy in no time. What more can you ask for?

Espresso Martini

Vodka , Classics

It’ll wake you up, then eff you up.

Sex on the Beach

Vodka , Tiki / Tropical

Warning: this drink is not the for the faint of heart. Sex on the Beach boasts one of the most provocative names for a cocktail. Fruit-filled and perfect for enjoying a night in the tropics, its no wonder why this cocktail has stayed around for so long.

Cosmopolitan

Vodka , Classics

According to Gary Regan’s research, the original Cosmopolitan was created by a South Beach bartender named Cheryl Cook. Eager to invent a new cocktail for the Martini glass, Cheryl riffed on the classic Kamikaze using a newly introduced citrus-flavored vodka plus a splash of cranberry juice. The rest is rose-hued history.

Classic Bloody Mary

Vodka , Classics

While the origin of this popular brunch cocktail is debatable, the Bloody Mary's staying power leaves no question. The Bloody Mary is a vodka-soaked nutritional breakfast and hangover cure all in one. What else can you want?

Appletini

Vodka , Modern Classics

Originally called Adam’s Apple Martini, the Appletini became a crowd pleaser from the day it was invented at L.A. restaurant Lola’s in 1996. The original recipe simply used vodka and green apple schnapps, but we updated the modern classic with calvados and fresh Granny Smith apple juice.

This recipe originally appeared as part of The Appletini Is 21 Years Old. Is It Time to Rethink the Famous Cocktail?

Absolut Elyx Vodka Martini

Vodka , Martinis

The lightest, crispest Martini you’ve ever tried.

The Elyx Spritz

Vodka , Modern Classics

Meet your new favorite light, effervescent Spritz.

Elyx Fennel Countdown

Vodka , Modern Classics

Fennel and citrus pair beautifully in salads. So why not try them in a cocktail?

Elyx Cold Fashioned

Vodka , Modern Classics

Forget milk and sugar. Spike your next cold brew with vodka and sherry.

Elyx Raspberry Mule

Vodka , Modern Classics

Make your Mule even more refreshing by adding a fruity twist.

Bunny Mary

Aquavit Vodka , Modern Classics

Carrots, cayenne and caper brine, yes. Tomatoes, no! The Bunny Mary, created by Extra Fancy’s Rob Krueger in New York City, gets its vibrant hue from carrot juice, punched up with savory carrot brine and a spicy cayenne-and-paprika rim for the glass.

Nam Chim Gimlet

Vodka , Modern Classics

At New Orleans’ delightful SoBou restaurant, situated in the French Quarter, bar chef Laura Bellucci brings the kitchen and bar together in this cocktail. The drink features Oryza rice vodka, fresh lime juice and Laura’s Thai chili sauce, resulting in a delicate, savory sipper that shows off citrus, chile spice and sesame oil texture.

Palomita

Vodka , Modern Classics

Paloma means “dove” in Spanish, which means this drink’s name translates to “little dove.” This Paloma interpretation at April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman's modern taco restaurant and bar Salvation Taco swaps in vodka for tequila and adds a rim of vanilla-flecked salt but otherwise leaves the original intact.

Rosso Bellini

Vodka , Modern Classics

This cocktail at Las Vegas’ Lago by Julian Serrano, created by Ricardo Murcia, who’s now the beverage director at MGM National Harbor, represents elements found at the Bellagio hotel. The froth represents the lake in front of the hotel, the caramel nest is an homage to the fountains timed to the music, and the golden raspberry is a nod to the dome on top of the building. The overall effect is sweet, tart and frothy.

Mirabelle 75

Brandy / Cognac Vodka , Modern Classics

Washington, D.C. French restaurant Mirabelle's take on the classic French 75 uses a namesake brandy from France, made from delicate mirabelle plums, as well as locally made vodka. “The fresh lemon juice adds brightness and acidity, while the simple syrup rounds out the drink, without making it cloying,” says Zach Faden of his cocktail. “The Mirabelle brut rosé provides refreshing levity and effervescence.”

Golden Frog

Vodka , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Steve Schneider appears on the inaugural menu of Panama City’s The Strangers Club in honor of Panama’s national animal.

Celebratini

Vodka , Modern Classics

This cocktail from The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Drinking (Cocktails Without Regrets) (Regan Arts, $24.95) by Ariane Resnick and Brittini Rae occupies a middle ground between Martini and green juice.

Blackberry Wine Slushy

Vodka , Frozen / Blended

Now you have the perfect use for that bit of leftover wine.

Organic Moscow Mule

Vodka , Classics

Check out this organic take on the legendary vodka-based Moscow Mule. Born in the 1950s heyday of vodka, the Moscow Mule combines ginger beer, lime juice and the clear spirit. Refreshing and easy to make, this drink is perfect for any time of day.

Long Island Iced Tea

Gin Liqueurs Rum Tequila Vodka , Classics

The Long Island Iced Tea is what happens when four different spirits collide to create one powerful drink. With a mysterious origin story, this potent drink will bring on the good times (and hangovers) for years to come.

Cadbury Creme Egg

Vodka , Modern Classics

Everyone’s favorite Easter candy gets transformed into a creamy, chocolatey, boozy treat. Need more sweet inspiration? Check out the five best cadbury creme egg cocktails.

Lunar Eclipse

Vodka , Modern Classics

At upscale Dallas gastropub Victor Tangos, bartender Matt Ragan wanted to offer his guests a turmeric-infused vodka drink that could give them a nice healthy buzz.

Vodka Red Bull

Vodka , Modern Classics

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.

Vodka Gimlet

Vodka , Classics

The classic Gimlet takes gin, but many opt for this vodka version.

Robin Redbreast

Vodka , Modern Classics

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."

Green Holiday

Vodka , Modern Classics

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.

Off-White Russian No. 1

Vodka , Modern Classics

Adam McDowell’s book Drinks: A User’s Guide offers ways to enjoy a cocktail under less-than-ideal circumstances, calling such a drink an ad-hoctail, including this Off-White Russian No. 1, a boozy version of a childhood favorite.

Un-Cosmopolitan

Vodka , Modern Classics

Adam McDowell’s book Drinks: A User’s Guide offers ways to enjoy a cocktail under less-than-ideal circumstances, calling such a drink an ad-hoctail, including this Un-Cosmopolitan.

Blue Steele Slushie

Vodka , Frozen / Blended

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.

Muddled Pine

Gin Vodka , Modern Classics

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.

Viking Vacation

Vodka , Modern Classics

Swap out the rum in this nontraditional Daiquiri.

Pearl Harbor

Liqueurs Vodka , Tiki / Tropical

This melon pineapple inspired drink is easy to make for those warm Summer days.

Ruby

Vodka , Modern Classics

“The Ruby is a fruit-centric drink,” says bartender Tony Abou-Ganim. “I use a vodka with a good structure, rich mouthfeel and diverse fruit flavors. A potato-based vodka is ideal to help soften and moderate the drink’s bitter and floral elements.”

Caesar

Vodka , Modern Classics

The Canadian answer to the Bloody Mary, this vodka cocktail originally hails from the Calgary Inn, where it may be the only cocktail recipe inspired by a pasta dish.

Caipiroska

Vodka , Classics

Similar to Brazil’s famed Caipirinha but made with vodka in place of cachaça, this fresh, citrusy drink matches best with “a clean, neutral vodka with fruity, floral notes—something made from corn, wheat or mixed grain, something gentle,” according to bartender Tony Abou-Ganim.

Cocoa À Trois

Vodka , Modern Classics

This dessert-y sipper has rich, chocolaty underpinnings, so “the drink will pair best with a New-World corn-based or wheat-based vodka rich in vanilla or cocoa elements,” according to bartender Tony Abou-Ganim.

Vodka Soda

Vodka , Classics

This super easy vodka cocktail is popular with those trying to cut calories.

Vodka Tonic

Vodka , Classics

This classic vodka cocktail couldn’t be easier to make.

50/50 Martini

Vodka , Classics Martinis

Equal parts vermouth and vodka make a simple, elegant sip.

Pickled-Tomato Blue-Cheese Martini

Vodka , Martinis Modern Classics

A Blue-Cheese–Olive Martini is a steakhouse classic that’s arguably more appetizer than cocktail. This modification uses pickled green tomatoes and Atsby Amberthorn vermouth, an herb-forward vermouth that works especially well in a savory Martini.

Prince Edward Martini

Vodka , Modern Classics

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Summer Bummer

Vodka , Modern Classics

Moscow’s Delicatessen turns out old classics with new twists and brings surprising new ingredients into the mix, like this vodka cocktail made with beetroot shrub.

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