15 Vodka Cocktail Recipes We Can't Wait to Try This Weekend

There's so much more to vodka than those cringe-y college shots.

Poor vodka, so often relegated to the boring old "I'm watching my calories" vodka soda category or the sloppy vodka shots of college days past. Now that we're all adults, can we give vodka—the perfect mixing spirit—the treatment it deserves? Behold 15 exemplary cocktail recipes to try at home, so you'll never think of the clear stuff the same way again.

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1 Early Riser

Ingredients:

2 oz. Made Real Vodka

4-5 inch Celery Stock

1 oz. Grapefruit Juice

1 oz. Lemon Juice

1 oz. Simple Syrup

2 Dashes Green Tabasco

Directions:

In a mixing shaker add celery and simple syrup; muddle. Then add Made Real Vodka, grapefruit juice, lemon juice and Tabasco. Add ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Serve with a 4-5 inch piece of celery stock for garnish.

Courtesy of Made Real, a vodka brand created by women (which also supports female-owned businesses and hosts networking events for entrepreneurial females).

2 Mint Condition

Ingredients:

2 oz. Made Real Vodka

1 oz. Honey Syrup

.5 oz. Lime Juice

Float Ginger Beer

1 Mint Leaf

Directions:

In a mixing shaker add Made Real Vodka, lime, and honey syrup. Add ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a splash of ginger beer add a mint leaf for garnish.

Courtesy of Made Real

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3 Made Real Floradora

Ingredients:

2 oz. Made Real Vodka

4 oz. Ginger Ale

.5 oz. Simple Syrup

3-5 Fresh Raspberries

Directions:

In a shaker add simple syrup and raspberries; muddle. Add Made Real Vodka and Ice; shake. Strain into an ice filled collins glass. Finish with ginger ale and garnish with a fresh raspberry.

Courtesy of Made Real

4 New Suit

Ingredients:

1 oz Made Real Vodka

.5 oz Dolin Blanc or Lillet

.5 oz Lemon Juice

.5 oz Simple Syrup

Float of Dry Sparkling Wine

Directions:

In a mixing shaker add Made Real Vodka, lemon, Dolin Blanc, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake. Strain into a chilled champagne coupe. Top with a float of dry sparkling wine and a lemon twist for garnish.

Courtesy of Made Real

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5 Plus One Lavender

Ingredients:

Made Real Vodka

Organic/Natural Lemonade

Muddled Fresh Lavender

Top With Soda

Directions:

Served in a collins glass over ice, with a splash of soda, garnished with fresh herb and lemon wedge.

Courtesy of Made Real

6 Flirty Fizz

Ingredients:

1 part Pinnacle Original Vodka

2 parts Cranberry Juice

Splash of Club Soda

Cranberries, for garnish

Directions:

Mix ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with cranberries.

Courtesy of Pinnacle Original Vodka

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7 Raspberry Sparkler

Ingredients:

1 part Pinnacle Raspberry Vodka

2 parts Club Soda

Raspberries and Lemon Wheel, for garnish

Ingredients:

Mix ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with raspberries and a lemon wheel.

Courtesy of Pinnacle Original Vodka

8 Handsome Ginger

Ingredients:

1 part Pinnacle Original Vodka

2 parts Ginger Beer

1 splash Lime Juice

Mint, for garnish

Directions:

Mix in a glass with ice and top it off with fresh mint. Serve in mason jars.

Courtesy of Pinnacle Original Vodka

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9 Fresh Start

Ingredients:

1 1/2 parts EFFEN® Raspberry Vodka

2 parts Fresh Lemon Sour

1 part Peach Puree

1/2 part Campari

Lemon Wheel for Garnish

Ingredients:

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in a tall highball or Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel on the rim.

Courtesy of EFFEN Vodka

10 Lemonade Prosecco Punch

Ingredients:

4-6 cups Prepared Lemonade

1/3 cup Citrus Vodka (you can substitute regular flavor)

1 pint Blueberries (or your favorite berry), frozen

3 sprigs Fresh Mint

1 750ml bottle Astoria Prosecco D.O.C., chilled

Directions:

Stir lemonade and vodka to a gallon size pitcher. Add berries and mint. Add the prosecco. Serve over ice. The longer it sits the more the berries and mint infuse in the flavor, like sangria. Store leftovers tightly covered in refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Courtesy of Astoria Wines

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