It’s time to revamp your vodka view. If you still think this clear spirit is only a gateway drug to tipsy-town for inexperienced drinkers, think again. Whether flavored or made from potatoes, rice or even bison grass, vodka is far more complex than its unnecessarily beleaguered reputation would have you think.
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This three-ingredient cocktail dates back to 1938, making it one of the earliest recorded vodka cocktails. Combining only vodka, Bénédictine and a couple dashes of Angostura bitters, this cocktail is spirituous and straight to the point. If Manhattans and Martinis are your go-to cocktails, give this one a try.
From one classic to another, this memorable 007 cocktail combines gin and vodka (Bond prefers a grain vodka), making it perfect for someone needing a soft vodka landing. The Vesper is a light take on the dry Martini, substituting Lillet for dry vermouth. While Bond likes his Vespers—and famously, his Martinis—shaken rather than stirred, how you want to use your hands is up to you.
The Screwdriver is a two-ingredient cocktail that couldn’t be easier to make: Add vodka to a glass of orange juice and you’re done. The Harvey Wallbanger one-ups the Driver by mixing in Galliano L’Autentico, an italian liqueur, to bring a sweet and herbally finish to the citrusy staple.
A Bloody Mary is a classic brunch vodka cocktail, and for good reason. What other cocktail can claim to be a boozy morning drink, a nutritious breakfast and a hangover cure all at once? The Bloody Mason kickstarts the original recipe with pepper-infused vodka and a dose of Sriracha.
This three-ingredient cocktail dates back to the 1960s and is super simple to make. It's an ode to the popular East Coast vacation destination, so it's the perfect refreshing cocktail for a hot day. Pretend like you’re on your yacht when you mix this one up.