50 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: 50 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!

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Basil Vodka Gimlet

Ingredients:

2 oz Basil-infused King St. Vodka

1 oz Simple syrup

¾ oz Fresh lime juice

Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Directions:

This Gimlet is an Italian twist on the original gimlet, typically made with 2 parts gin, 1 part lime juice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in ingredients, shaking. Strain into a chilled glass.

Courtesy of King St. Vodka, Kate Hudson's gluten-free, non-GMO, crafted with alkaline water and 7x distilled spirits company.

Tattersall Distilling
The Restaurant Project
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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.

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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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    Dirty Vodka Martini

    Ingredients:

    3 oz of King St. Vodka

    1 oz Olive brine

    Dash of dry vermouth

    Garnish with fresh olives

    Directions:

    Reportedly, this is Kate Hudson's favorite drink. Mix ingredients in a mixing glass, stir, and pour into serving glasses. Garnish with olives.

    Courtesy of King St Vodka.

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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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    7 of 50
    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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    Dirty Rose

    Ingredients:

    1 oz King St Vodka

    .5 oz rose water (pure, unsweetened)

    1.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

    8-12 oz sparkling lemon-flavored water

    A dash of honey to taste

    Dried roses to garnish

    *You can also add a splash of hibiscus extract or cranberry juice for color

    Directions:

    Mix all ingredients together (not the soda). Once mixed, top with soda, and garnish with dried roses.

    Courtesy of King St Vodka.

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    Pomegranate Sour

    Ingredients:

    1.5 oz. of King St. Vodka

    .25 oz. Cointreau

    2 oz. Fresh pomegranate

    .5 oz. Lemon juice

    .5 oz. Pineapple juice

    .5 oz. Brown sugar syrup

    Directions:

    Shake ingredients in mixing tin with orange slices. Pour into tumbler over fresh ice. Garnish with dehydrated oranges and pomegranate seeds.

    Courtesy of King St. Cocktails.

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    Pablo Picasso

    Ingredients:

    3 oz. Picasso Blend

    .75 oz. Lavender Honey

    .75 Honeydew Puree

    1.5 oz. Absolut Vodka

    .75 oz. Lemon Juice

    For garnish, Edible Flower

    Directions:

    Add all ingredients into a small mixing tin. Add ice, shake vigorously, and double strain into the glass. Garnish with an edible flower.

    Courtesy of Gary Wallach, Food & Beverage Director at Arlo
    SoHo
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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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    Currant Affairs Cocktail

    Ingredients:

    3 parts Absolut Elyx

    1 part Oloroso sherry

    1 part Lemon Juice

    1 part Maple Syrup

    1 part Egg White

    Sprig Redcurrants

    Garnish with oranges and redcurrants

    Directions:

    Muddle the red redcurrants in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add all other ingredients and shake hard without ice, then add ice and shake again. Fine strain over cracked ice in a highball glass and garnish.

    Courtesy of Absolut Elyx.

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    Where I'd Gone

    Ingredients:

    1 ½ oz. Moskovskaya Vodka

    ¼ oz. Maplejack Liqueur

    ¼ oz. Verjus

    ¾ oz. Pear Syrup

    ¼ oz. Ginger Syrup

    ½ oz. Lemon Juice Soda

    2 dashes of salt

    Directions:

    Add all ingredients (except soda) to a small tin. Add ice, and shake – fold soda into tin – then, strain. Pour into glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

    Courtesy of Marshall Minaya, Beverage Director, for Valerie, NYCHigh.

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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

    For garnish, Dash of chili flakes and 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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    Blood Orange Cosmo

    Ingredients:

    1 1/2 oz. Titos Vodka

    1 oz. Blood Orange Pure

    1/2 oz. Triple Sec

    1/2 oz. Lime juice

    Directions:

    Add ingredients to a shaker, shake, and strain into glass. Garnish with a toasted orange peel.

    Courtesy of Ocean Restaurant at Cape Arundel Inn & Resort.

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    Drinks With Bay

    Ingredients:

    4 parts Absolut Elyx

    2 parts Lillet Blanc

    1 slice Orange

    1 slice Lemon

    2 Cherries

    1 part Bay Leaf Syrup

    Tonic (to top it off, to taste)

    Directions:

    In a shaker, muddle the orange, lemon, and cherry to release juices, then add the other ingredients and shake with cubed ice. Strain over fresh ice in a Copper Balloon Cup, then top it off with tonic. Garnish with a bay leaf, orange slice and a cherry.

    Courtesy of Gareth Evans for Absolut Elyx.

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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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    Swedish Riviera

    Ingredients:

    3 parts Absolut Elyx

    3 parts Coconut Water

    1 part Lemon

    1 part Honey

    3 parts Prosecco

    Directions:

    In a Copper Balloon Cup, build the ingredients over cubed ice, top with Prosecco, and stir gently to combine. Garnish with cinnamon and orange slices.

    Courtesy of Absolut Elyx.

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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

    Mark Tomaras
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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

    Apple, lemon and mint homemade lemonade
    OksanaKiian
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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

    Phil Hudghton
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    Tangerine and Olive Cocktail

    Ingredients:

    1 oz. Absolut Elyx

    .75 oz. Aperol

    .15 oz. Campari1oz Tangerine juice

    .75 oz. Lillet Rouge

    3 oz. Champagne

    Garnishes, like dried oranges and fresh olives

    Directions:

    Build over ice and top with champagne. Garnish with dried oranges and fresh olives.

    Courtesy of Gareth Evans for Absolut Elyx.

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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

    3.5 oz. 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

    Tattersall Distilling
    The Restaurant Project
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    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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