When it comes to liquor, vodka sometimes gets a bad rap. But in reality, it can punch up a cocktail and accentuate flavors. From light and sweet to citrus-forward and savory, we have you covered for the end of summer: Check out our 11 picks for essential vodka cocktails that will keep you cool during a heat wave.
For those who enjoy strong spirit-forward cocktails, this one’s for you. The Gypsy Queen is actually one of the first vodka cocktail recipes created in the U.S. and has stayed around for good reason. With Bénédictine and dashes of Angostura bitters, it will have you feeling just fine with each sip.
Don’t be fooled by the name of this wine-based cocktail—it’s not just for the Fourth of July. This relatively simple-to-make drink uses cabernet sauvignon to create a beautifully ruby-red punch. Garnish with a few sugar-dusted blueberries or raspberries for the “blue” and added zip.
If you ever thought a Snickers bar couldn’t get any better, surprise! Try it as an adult beverage. This cocktail makes use of chocolate and caramel sauces, amaretto, Baileys Irish cream liqueur and chocolate liqueur to create a chocolate lover’s delight. Impress your friends or significant other and whip up a Snickertini as a boozy dessert.
Get tropical with this modern classic. If you aren’t one for spirit-forward drinks, try this fruity refresher, combining cranberry juice, pineapple juice and peach schnapps. Sip away in the afternoon or evening for a sweet cocktail that will transport you to the beach.