Vodka is one of a bartender’s most beloved spirits. Its clear, clean taste makes it the most versatile and mixable liquor in the bar. Whether you crave some spice or something more sweet, vodka will undoubtedly be in the mix. Vodka pairs well with nearly every flavor- sweet, savory, dry, or even sour! The liquor’s versatility promises that there is a vodka cocktail out there that every kind of drinker can enjoy. Minibar Delivery‘s best mixologists have shared their favorite cocktails with vodka below! Whether you are looking for simple, refreshing vodka drinks or unique vodka cocktails, we have got you covered. 

What is vodka and how is vodka made?  

First, let us start by learning a little more about this prized spirit. Vodka, by definition, is a clear distilled alcoholic beverage. It’s composed primarily of water and ethanol. Distillers create this clear spirit by first fermenting foodstuff that contains sugar or starch, namely sorghum, corn, rice, rye, wheat, potatoes, and even fruit. After the fermentation is done, it is distilled to create the final vodka product. 

Here’s the deal:

Although vodka connoisseur deem it a “neutral” spirit, its base ingredient impacts both its flavor and texture. So, although the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau classifies vodka as a spirit “to be without distinctive character, aroma, taste, and color”, this does not alway hold true. For example, rye vodkas have dark and spicy flavor profiles while potato vodkas are creamy and earthy. 

What is the best way to drink vodka? 

Vodka is first and foremost versatile.

You might be wondering:

What is the best way to drink vodka?

  1. Neat 

While most Americans would not dare to sip vodka neat, this is a common practice in Russia, the Baltic states, and Scandinavian countries. Tasting vodka neat and at room temperature is the best way to evaluate its aroma and taste. 

  1. Frozen or On the Rocks 

Many enjoy vodka best at cooler temperatures. The texture of the vodka is richer at these lower temperatures. If you choose to enjoy your vodka on the rocks, experts recommend using block ice from spring or distilled water as to not interfere with the taste of the spirit. 

  1. In a cocktail 

Vodka cocktail recipes are seemingly endless. However, vodka cocktail classics include the Martini, Moscow Mule, Cosmopolitan, and Bloody Mary. Below we have outlined some of Minibar Delivery’s favorite cocktails with vodka that will be a hit at your next party or family dinner.

What are the best vodka cocktails?

1. Espresso Martini: The perfect after dinner drink to keep you going all night long. Upgrade your sips with this twist on the classic martini.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 oz Vodka
  • 2/3 oz Kahlúa
  • 2/3 oz Espresso
  • 3 whole Coffee Beans
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Shake ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker
  2. Strain into chilled martini glass
  3. Garnish with espresso beans

2. Moscow Mule: This classic cocktail has three ingredients making it the one of the easiest, and tastiest, drinks to master. Initially designed to introduce Americans to vodka, the Moscow Mule has since become an American cocktail staple. Bust out your copper mugs and cheers to a drink that’s perfect for every season.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Vodka 
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz ginger beer

Directions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka and lime juice
  2. Shake until chilled and strain into a mule mug with crushed ice
  3. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel

3. Wild Rose: Not your average vodka martini. This fresh and lightly herbal cocktail is the perfect sip for savoring. This cocktail is equally tasty and delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz St. Germain
  • 2 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • edible flowers for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients.
  2. stir gently to combine, and pour into chilled coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with flowers and enjoy!

4. Tart & Turmeric: A bright and revitalizing cocktail with pineapple juice, lemon, and turmeric. This is a cocktail that will be sure to brighten your day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz turmeric

Directions:

  1. Peel turmeric, roughly chap and muddle into a shaker
  2. Add remaining ingredients and ice
  3. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass
  4. Top with black pepper, if desired

5. Bloody Mary: We believe in the healing power of Bloody Marys. A lot of variations exist, but you can’t go wrong with a classic preparation. It’s a nutritional breakfast and a hangover cure in one delicious glass. Though the origin is a bit of a mystery, one taste will remind you why it never goes out of style.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 4 oz tomato juice
  • 2 dashes Tobasco sauce
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Ground black pepper
  • Celery
  • Lemon
  • Lime

Directions:

  1. Squeeze lemon and lime into a cocktail shaker
  2. Add all other ingredients to the cocktail shaker and shake
  3. Pour into a glass with ice
  4. Garnish with celery stalk, lemon, and any other brunch necessities.

6. Vodka Thyme Lemonade: An unbelievably easy way to jazz up your lemonade that will make you question why you haven’t done so until now.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz thyme infused simple syrup
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • 2 oz vodka

Directions:

  1. Muddle thyme with simple syrup, and combine with lemon juice and vodka in a shaker
  2. Shake until chilled
  3. Strain into a glass with fresh ice and garnish with thyme

7. Greyhound: A little bit tart or a little bit sweet (sometimes both). This refreshing classic vodka and grapefruit cocktail will get your tail wagging any time of day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 rosemary sprig

Directions:

  1. Just add Tito’s Handmade Vodka and fresh grapefruit juice to a rocks glass with ice
  2. Stir and garnish with a rosemary sprig

8. Cucumber Refresher: The vodka soda gets an upgrade with the cool taste of cucumber. It’s like fresh spa water, with vodka.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Muddle cucumber in a shaker.
  2. Add ice, vodka, cucumber syrup, and lime juice. Shake until chilled.
  3. Pour over ice and top with club soda.
  4. Garnish with cucumber slice and enjoy.

9. Roséade: Rosé is much more than your basic summer go-to. This rosé cocktail features citrus flavors and a little extra vodka kick.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Muddle basil, lemon and simple syrup.
  2. Fill shaker with ice, add vodka and wine and stir.
  3. Pour unstrained into stemless wine glass
  4. Top with club soda.
  5. Garnish with lemon wedge.

10. Classic Gimlet: A classic vodka gimlet with just three ingredients – lime juice, simple syrup, and vodka.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a lime slice.

There are many ways to enjoy what Russians deem “little water”. Minibar Delivery will make sure you have favorite vodka delivered to your door in as little as 30-60 minutes. With our on demand delivery service you will be whipping up one of these delicious cocktails with vodka in no time. What are you waiting for? Browse our amazing selection of vodkas today!

Cocktails with vodka not your thing? Try these cocktails with rum instead.