20 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 20 exemplary (and easy-to-pull-off) cocktail recipes to try at home, so you'll never think of the clear stuff the same way again.

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1 Lime Matcha Cocktail

Ingredients:

1.5 parts Absolut Lime

1.5 parts Fresh Pressed Green Apple Juice

.5 parts Lime Juice

.25 parts Simple

½ part barspoon Matcha Powder

Directions: 

Shake all ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass.

Courtesy of Absolut Vodka

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2 Black Cherry Beast

Ingredients:

1.5 parts EFFEN Black Cherry Vodka

2 parts White Cranberry Juice

0.5 parts Vanilla Simple Syrup

0.5 parts Fresh Lemon Juice

Brandied Cherries, for garnish

Directions: 

Shake and strain all ingredients over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with brandied cherries.

Courtesy of EFFEN Vodka

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3 Love Buzz

Ingredients:

1.5 parts Absolut Original

.5 parts Crème de Cacao

1 part Raspberry Puree

1 part Room-temperature Espresso

Shaved Chocolate and Raspberries, for garnish 

Directions: 

Shake all ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a chocolate-raspberry tuille.

Courtesy of Absolut Vodka

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4 First Down

Ingredients:

1.5 parts EFFEN Cucumber Vodka

3 parts Soda

Cucumber or Lemon Wedge, for garnish 

Directions: 

Pour vodka over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Top with soda and garnish with cucumber or a lemon wedge.

Courtesy of EFFEN Vodka

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5 The Red Zone

Ingredients:

1 part EFFEN Original Vodka

1 part Grapefruit Juice

1 part Orange Juice

Orange Wheel, for garnish 

Directions: 

Build over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Courtesy of EFFEN Vodka

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6 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).

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7 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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8 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

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9 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 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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10 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

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