28 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: 28 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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1 Gingered Apple Sparkler
Apple, lemon and mint homemade lemonade
OksanaKiian

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

2 Infamous Orange Crush
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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

3 Tito's Bloody Mary
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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

4 Strawberry Basil Mule
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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

5 SVEDKA Mule
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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

6 The Bradshaw
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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

7 Garden of Green
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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

8 Chandon POM Spritz
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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

9 Lime Matcha Cocktail
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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

10 First Down
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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

11 Love Buzz
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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

12 Early Riser
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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).

13 Black Cherry Beast
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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

14 Mint Condition
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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

15 The Red Zone
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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

16 Made Real Floradora
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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

17 Flirty Fizz
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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

18 New Suit
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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

19 Raspberry Sparkler
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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

20 Plus One Lavender
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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

21 Fresh Start
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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

22 Handsome Ginger
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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

23 Lemonade Prosecco Punch
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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

24 Watermelon-Cucumber Mojito
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Ingredients:

2 oz. Prairie Cucumber-Flavored Organic Vodka

2 watermelon chunks, 1 inch each

1 English Cucumber Slice, 1 inch (peeled and seeds removed)

Juice of 1 Lime

2 tsp. Sugar

Handful of Mint Leaves

Crushed Ice

Ginger Ale

Directions:

Muddle the watermelon and cucumber chunks, with the juice of 1 lime and the sugar in a glass. Stir in mint leaves, then add crushed ice and 2 oz. Prairie Cucumber-Flavored Organic Vodka to a lowball glass. Top with ginger ale; garnish with more mint.

Courtesy of Prairie Organic Spirits

25 Harvey Slambanger
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Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Reyka Vodka

.25 Galliano

2 dashes Bitterman's Tiki bitters

3 oz. Orange Juice

Directions:

Add all ingredients in shaker, muddle, add ice, and shake all together. Serve in a glass and garnish with an orange twist.

Courtesy of The Cocktail Bar at Windsor Court New Orleans

26 Fresca Frizz
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Ingredients:

4-6 Raspberries

10-12 Mint Leaves

1 ½ oz. Grey Goose Vodka

¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

¾ oz. Wilks & Wilson Raspberry Gomme Syprup

1 ½ oz. Prosecco (Add after shake)

Garnish: Raspberry, Mint Sprig

Directions:

Add raspberries, six mint leaves, and raspberry syrup into mixing tin, then lightly muddle. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the prosecco. Add ice and shake vigorously. Now add 1 ½ oz prosecco into mixing tin, and strain over crushed ice with 6 mint leaves on the bottom of the glass. Garnish with raspberry and mint.

Courtesy of Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca

27 Pomegranate Sage Martini
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Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Vodka of Your Choice

1 oz. Fresh Sage Simple Syrup

1 oz. POM Wonderful 100 Percent Pomegranate Juice

.25 oz. Cointreau (or similar orange-flavored liqueur)

1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

.5 oz. Pasteurized Egg Whites (optional)

Fresh Sage Leaf, for garnish

Directions:

Pack a pint glass or a martini shaker with ice. Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin and shake until icy cold. Strain into a frozen martini glass. Garnish with a fresh sage leaf.

Courtesy of Bonefish Grill

28 Raspberry Smash
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Ingredients:

6-8 Mint Leaves

6 Fresh Raspberries

2 oz. 50 Bleu Vodka

1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

1 oz. Pomegranate Juice

½ oz. Simple Syrup

Garnish: Lemon Wheel, Raspberry, Mint Sprig

Directions:

Add mint and raspberries into mixing tin. Lightly muddle, to press berries and to release the oils from mint. Now add the rest of the ingredients. Add ice and shake vigorously. Now strain over crushed ice and garnish with lemon, raspberry, and mint.

Courtesy of Hearthstone

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