The most consumed spirit in the world, vodka somehow still gets a bad rap. It’s often criticized for being boring and tasteless, but any bartender worth her shaker tins will tell you that good vodka, when mixed properly with the right ingredients, can shine in a variety of dinks. The proof is in these 11 vodka cocktails you should try right now.
Whether you drink it in the afternoon or after dinner, this coffee-flavored cocktail is a sure hit. The simple concoction is spirit-forward but can be made as sweet as you’d like. Start with two-parts vodka and one-part Kahlúa, then taste and add more Kahlúa if it’s a little too boozy for your taste.
If you’re tired of having the same old Bloody Marys at brunch but still want to get a dose of veggies with your morning vodka, give the Vladmiry a try. Vodka, carrot juice, lemon juice, celery salt, black pepper, caraway seeds, horseradish and a shallot are blended until smooth, savory and ready for a pickle spear garnish.
Aloe vera juice is the unexpected ingredient that gives this cocktail an intriguing depth and hint of sourness. It’s mixed with vodka, apple juice, lemon juice and fresh raspberries, all of which help offset the juice’s bitter flavors to produced a balanced fruity cocktail that’s so good it deserves a gold flake garnish.