40 Vodka Cocktail Recipes That Taste as Good as They Look

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Ah, 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 adults, let's give the perfect mixing spirit the treatment it deserves. Behold: 40 exemplary (and easy-to-pull-off) vodka cocktail recipes to try at home. You'll never think of the clear stuff the same way again.

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Tito’s Apple & Cinnamon Infusion

Ingredients:

750 ml Tito’s Handmade Vodka

1 Granny Smith apple

1 Red Delicious apple

2 cinnamon sticks

Directions:

Slice apples, then add to a resealable jar. Add cinnamon sticks and fill with Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Store in a cool dark place
for 5 days, taste testing daily. Strain the infusion once desired
flavor is reached. Enjoy!

Courtesy of Tito's Vodka

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Tattersall Distilling
The Restaurant Project
Compass Point

Ingredients:

2 oz. Tattersall Vodka

1.5 oz. Tattersall Creme De Fleur

.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

.5 oz. Simple Syrup

1 slice cucumber

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice.

Courtesy of Tattersall Distilling

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Thank You, Baby Jesus!

Ingredients:

12/31 oz. Tito's Vodka

12/31 oz. Sweet Vermouth

12/31 oz. Lemon juice

12/31 oz. Cocktail Artist Mule syrup

2 whole strawberries

5 oz. Schweppes Club Soda

    1 strawberry slice

    Directions:

    Combine all ingredients sans soda water. Muddle strawberries. Shake with ice. Strain. Top off with Schweppes Club Soda. Garnish with strawberry slice.

    Courtesy of Juyoung Kang of The Dorsey

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    Absolut Juice Apple Sangria

    Ingredients:

    1 1/2 part Absolut Juice Apple

    2 parts red wine

    4 dashes Angostura Bitters

    1/2 part Triple Sec or Orange Liqueur

    Directions:

    Mix all ingredients in a glass with ice, and garnish with orange slices, apple slices, and grapes.

    Courtesy of Absolut

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    Moscow Mule

    Ingredients:

    1.5 oz. of vodka

    3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

    1/2 oz. simple syrup

    2 oz. ginger beer

    Directions:

    Add first three ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake for 15-20 seconds. Strain in to your favorite copper mug and fill with fresh ice. Top with ginger beer and stir to incorporate.

    Courtesy of Tom Dufek of Plain Spoke Cocktail Co.

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    Tito's Classic

    Ingredients:

    1.5 oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka

    4 oz. of water

    Directions:

    Just add Tito’s Handmade Vodka and water to a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a lemon slice. Enjoy!

    Courtesy of Tito's Vodka

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    Svedka Spiked Spa Water

    Ingredients:

    1 1/2 parts Svedka Cucumber Lime

    3/4 part Fresh Lemon Juice

    1/2 part Orange Curaçao

    Bitters

    Directions:

    Combine all ingredients, except bitters, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice into a sugar-rimmed tall glass. Garnish with cucumber slices and a float of bitters.

    Courtesy of SVEDKA

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    The Belvedere Spice of Life

    Ingredients:

    1.5 oz. Belvedere Vodka

    5 oz. Carrot Juice

    .75 oz. Lemon Juice

    Half bar spoon of grated ginger or ginger syrup

    .5 bar spoon of miso or dashi powder

    .25 oz. honey syrup

    Dash of chili flakes

    Carrot leaves

    Directions:

    Place all ingredients in a shaker and shake with two ice cubes. Strain over fresh ice in a highball glass. Garnish with chili flakes and carrot leaves.

    Courtesy of Chef Candice Kumai for Belvedere Vodka

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    Svedka Fresa Bandito

    Ingredients:

    2 Parts Svedka Rosé

    1 Part Fresh Lemon Juice

    1 Whole Berry Strawberry

    0.5 Parts Simple Syrup

    3 Sprigs Cilantro

    Splash Club Soda

    Directions:

    Muddle all ingredients except soda water in a shaker tin. Add ice. Strain into a Collins glass over ice. Top with soda. Garnish with another strawberry and cilantro sprigs.

    Courtesy of SVEDKA

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    Espresso Martini

    Ingredients:

    1 1/2 oz. Grey Goose vodka

    1 oz. single origin finest quality espresso

    3/4 oz. premium coffee liqueur

    1 pinch of salt

    Garnish: salted dark chocolate powder

    Directions:

    Shake all ingredients and strain into a martini glass.

    Courtesy of Grey Goose

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    The Belvedere Morning Twist

    Ingredients:

    1.5 oz. Belvedere Vodka

    .75 oz. Lemon Juice

    .75 oz. Honey Syrup

    1 oz. Matcha Tea

    Ginger Beer

    Dried Roses

    Directions:

    Shake all ingredients but the ginger beer together. Strain into highball glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with dried roses.

    Courtesy of Chef Candice Kumai for Belvedere Vodka

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    Honey Deuce

    Ingredients:

    1.5 parts Grey Goose vodka

    3 parts fresh lemonade

    ½ part Premium Raspberry Liqueur

    3 honeydew melon balls for garnish

    Directions:

    Chill a Collins glass by placing in the refrigerator or freezer. When sufficiently chilled, fill with ice. Measure and add vodka to Collins glass. Top with measured amount of fresh lemonade. Measure and add raspberry liqueur. Garnish with a skewer of 1 or multiple frozen honeydew melon balls.

    Courtesy of Grey Goose

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    Apple, lemon and mint homemade lemonade
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    Gingered Apple Sparkler

    Ingredients:

    1.5 oz. handcrafted Vodka

    1.5 oz. sour apple liqueur

    Splash of Angostura Bitters

    4 oz. chilled Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini Lemon/Lime

    1 maraschino cherry

    Ice

    Directions:

    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, liqueur and bitters; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with Brooklyn Crafted and the cherry.

    Courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted

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    Infamous Orange Crush

    Ingredients:

    5 oz. Natalie’s Orange Juice

    2 oz. vodka

    1 oz. Triple Sec

    Splash of lemon/lime soda

    1 slice of lime for garnish

    Directions:

    Fill a glass with ice. Add ingredients. Shake. Add slice of orange for garnish.

    Courtesy of Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company

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    Tito's Bloody Mary

    Ingredients:

    1.5 oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka

    3-4 oz. your favorite Bloody Mary mix

    Garnish such as celery, olives, dill pickles, bacon and/or smoked sausage

    Ice

    Directions:

    Combine Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bloody Mary mix, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour everything into a glass. Add your favorite garnishes. Enjoy!

    Courtesy of Tito's Vodka

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    Strawberry Basil Mule

    Ingredients:

    8 Strawberries

    Half a Lime

    Basil Sprig

    1.5oz. Premium Vodka

    3.5oz. Brooklyn Crafted Lemon Lime Ginger Beer

    Directions:

    Muddle fresh strawberries (roughly 6), 2 lime wedges and basil in a copper mule mug. Top with ice, vodka and Brooklyn Crafted. Garnish with strawberry and lime wedge and basil leaves.

    Courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted

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    SVEDKA Mule

    Ingredients:

    2 parts Svedka SVEDKA

    2 Lime Wedges

    4 parts Ginger Beer

    Directions:

    Squeeze lime wedges into a Collins glass and fill with ice. Pour in SVEDKA Vodka and top with cold ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedges.

    Courtesy of SVEDKA

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    Tattersall Distilling
    The Restaurant Project
    The Bradshaw

    Ingredients:

    2 oz. Tattersall Vodka

    .5 oz. Tattersall Orange Crema

    .75 oz. Lime Juice

    .15 oz. Simple Syrup

    .5 oz. Tattersall Cranberry Liqueur

    Directions:

    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with a lemon pigtail.

    Courtesy of Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis

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    Garden of Green

    Ingredients:

    5 oz. Ketel One Family-Made Vodka

    5 Leaves Apple Mint

    .5 oz. Snap Pea Reduction*

    .5 oz. Lemon juice

    Splash of Soda Water

    Small Handful Micro Mizuna

    Directions:

    Tear apple mint leaves and throw in a mason jar. Add all ingredients except the soda water and ice and cap the jar. Shakevigorously. Open and top with a splash of soda water. Garnish with micro mizuna and serve directly from Masonjar.

    *Either juice the peas or blend with water and then fine strain.

    Courtesy of Ketel One

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    Chandon POM Spritz

    Ingredients:

    3 oz. Chandon Rosé

    1 oz. Belvedere Vodka

    ¾ oz. lemon juice

    ½ oz. simple syrup

    ¾ oz. pomegranate juice (freshly squeezed)

    Garnish: Pomegranate pearls and rosemary sprig

    Glassware: Wine glass

    Directions:

    Shake all ingredients except Chandon in a shaker tin. Strain into glassware with ice and top with Chandon. Stir the glass. Garnish with pomegranate pearls and rosemary sprig.

    Courtesy of Chandon

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    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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    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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    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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    Early Riser

    Ingredients:

    2 oz. Made Real Vodka

    4-5 inch Celery Stalk

    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 stalk 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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