Mixed vodka drinks are popular staples of the cocktail scene. Since plain vodka is basically colorless, odorless and flavorless, it's great for fortifying beverages while letting other flavors shine through. Flavor-infused vodkas, such as citron vodka, are becoming quite popular on their own as well as part of a bevy of mixed drink recipes.
Here are a few highly recommended favorites, beginning with the screwdriver. To make one:
- Fill a rocks glass with ice.
- Pour in 1 1/2 ounces of vodka
- Add 6 ounces of orange juice and stir.
There has been an explosion in martini cocktails since vodka became the favorite over gin, and the apple martini is one of the earliest and most successful experimentations.
To make one:
- Add 2 ounces of vodka and 1 ounce of Apple Pucker to a shaker with ice.
- Add one ounce of apple juice if you prefer a sweeter drink.
- Strain the drink into a cocktail glass, and garnish with an apple slice for the perfect presentation.
The Kamikaze is equal parts vodka, trip sec and Rose's lime juice. This drink is traditionally served in a large shot glass, but using a cocktail glass, as pictured here, makes a prettier presentation.
To make one:
- Pour 1 ounce of each ingredient into a shaker of ice.
- Shake gently to chill.
- Strain as you pour the mix into the glass.
Pineapple lovers should give the Greyhound a try.
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Add 2 ounces of vodka and 4 ounces of pineapple juice.
- Stir with a cocktail stick.
To create a Salty Dog, first moisten the rim of the glass and dip it in rock salt, and then mix the drink like you did the Greyhound. Garnishing with a wedge of pineapple is completely optional.
The lemon drop is a classic 1960's cocktail that has survived the times in one form or another. According to the simplest recipe:
- Pour 3 ounces of citron vodka into a shaker with ice.
- Add 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice, and shake.
- Strain the mix into a cocktail glass.
- Lemon garnish is a must.
The Caipirosca is a variation of a Caipirinha, and it calls for vodka in place of Cachaca (a rum-like spirit).
- In the bottom of a Boston shaker, add 4 seeded key limes cut in half.
- Sprinkle them with two teaspoons of granulated sugar and muddle them together to release the lime juice.
- Add cracked ice and 2 ounces of your favorite vodka and shake.
- Pour the mixture into an old-fashioned glass and drink it while it's cold.
All of these vodka drinks have their merits, but if you want to try the king of all vodka cocktails, you have to learn how to make the perfect vodka martini.