Spirits & Liqueurs Vodka

11 Vodka Cocktails to Try Right Now

These drinks show why it’s the world’s most popular spirit.

Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet
Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet. Image:

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Vodka’s neutral taste allows it to be the chameleon of the cocktail world, easily mixing with flavors ranging from sweet to spicy and citrusy to savory to create a wide variety of drinks. It’s essential in classics such as the Bloody Mary, the Black Russian and a number of Martini renditions, and top bartenders including Nico de Soto of Mace, Danico and more, pioneering bartender Tony Abou-Ganim, and Bryan Schneider of Quality Italian put the spirit through its paces with much more unique cocktails we’ve included in this roundup. Experience vodka’s versatility for yourself with these 11 cocktails you can make at home. 

  • Bloody Mary

    Bloody Mary

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    What would brunch be without the ubiquitous Bloody Mary? This classic recipe can serve as your go-to, with plenty of room for interpretation (particularly in the garnish). After all, vodka, tomato juice and spices are even better when they’re topped with bacon, mini cheeseburgers or just the classic celery stalk and pickle.

  • French Martini

    French Martini

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    Slightly sweet, creamy and spirit-forward, this original flavored Martini should take a place in your regular rotation. Simply shake vodka, pineapple juice and crème de cassis with ice, then strain and enjoy.

  • CBD Spritz

    CBD Spritz

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    CBD soda stars in this trendy spin on a classic Spritz. Its citrusy flavor pairs with Aperol, sparkling wine and vodka to make a bitter and refreshing drink that will mellow you out and give you a buzz all at once. Don’t have CBD soda? Any citrus-flavored soda will do in a pinch.

  • Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule

    Apple-Cranberry Moscow Mule

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    Your classic Moscow Mule gets a fruity kick in this fall-inspired take. Vodka, cran-apple juice, lime juice and ginger beer come together in the iconic copper mug and are topped with apple slices and fresh cranberries for an extra-festive garnish.

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  • Cucumber Cleanse

    Cucumber Cleanse
    Montage Laguna Beach

    Get your green juice and happy hour all in one with this cleansing refresher. Fresh cucumber juice, lemon juice and ginger syrup are the healthy base for vodka and hibiscus lavender oak bitters, while an egg white gives everything a creamy mouthfeel, and a dash of cayenne livens it all up.

  • Botanical Bee’s Knees

    Botanical Bee's Knees

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    When you want something a little bit stronger for your afternoon teatime, turn to this cocktail. Cooled camomile tea’s floral flavors are highlighted with peach and orange blossom vodka, brightened with lemon juice and sweetened with a hint of honey to make a delicately delicious cocktail.

  • Ruby

    Ruby

     Tony Abou-Ganim

    Explore vodka’s softer side with this fruit-forward sipper. When mixed with Aperol, St-Germain, ruby red grapefruit juice, lemon juice and an egg white, the spirit helps to soften and moderate the bitter and floral elements to create harmony between the flavors.

  • Cardamom

    Cardamom

    Mace

    Looking for something earthy and spiced? Try this. Pistachio-fat-washed vodka makes a rich base for the deep flavors of Brazilian espresso and homemade cardamom syrup. Serve in a punch cup garnished with cardamom pods for an extra-special presentation.

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  • Transfusion

    Transfusion

     Bryan Schneider

    You don’t have to be on the links to enjoy this golf club favorite.The vodka classic is elevated by adding homemade ginger syrup and club soda instead of ginger ale, plus concord grape ice cubes that slowly infuse the cocktail with their deep and fruity flavor as they melt into the drink.

  • Black Russian

    Black Russian

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    Don’t let the simple recipe fool you. This classic is a perfect after-dinner drink. Our two-to-one ratio of vodka to Kahlúa makes a relatively dry version of this drink, so feel free to experiment and adjust until you find the right balance of sweetness for your taste.

  • Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet

    Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet

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    Sip on a glass of summer with this fresh take on a Gimlet. Muddled basil and cucumber add a refreshing herbal and vegetal note to vodka and lime juice, while a dash of lemonade helps to add some sweetness. Serve over ice and garnish with a basil leaf.