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Here are all the best vodka cocktails to unleash the versatility of this spirit! Pick from all the classic vodka mixed drinks and unique cocktails for any occasion, from the Moscow mule to the Cosmo.

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Got a bottle of vodka and need to use it up? There are so many great vodka cocktails to try, mixed drinks that are as varied as you could imagine! Because of its neutral flavor, vodka easily takes on the character of a drink.

Types of vodka cocktails

Pretty much anything goes with vodka! You’ve got fruity vodka cocktails like the Bay Breeze, classy drinks like the Gimlet and Cosmo, spicy ones like the Bloody Mary, and intriguing possibilities like endless types of martinis. These vodka mixed drinks should be in every enthusiasts repertoire. Want to start simple? Try these 2 ingredient vodka drinks or browse vodka cocktails for every season.

And now, the best vodka cocktails & mixed drinks to try!

Best vodka for drinks

The best vodka for vodka cocktails? unlike liquors with strong personalities like whiskey or rum, the ideal vodka for mixed drinks should be smooth and clean. It shouldn’t overpower the other ingredients in your cocktail, but rather act as a neutral base that allows the flavors to shine.

We recommend a mid-priced vodka, avoiding very inexpensive or high-end vodka. Brands like Tito’s, Ketel One, Absolut and Smirnoff are good options, as well as mid-range brands like Grey Goose vodka. Ultimately, the best choice depends on your budget and flavor preference. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different brands to find your perfect match.

More types of cocktails

Outside of these vodka cocktails, there are so many more great cocktail recipes! Here are some of our best mixed drink collections:

Frequently asked questions

Isn’t vodka just for boring drinks like screwdrivers and vodka tonics?

Absolutely not! Vodka’s neutral flavor profile makes it a perfect base for countless creative and delicious cocktails. From refreshing summer drinks to sophisticated classics, vodka shines in a vast array of recipes.

What are some classic vodka cocktails I should try?

Here are a few iconic vodka cocktails to get you started:
Moscow Mule: A refreshing mix of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice.
Cosmopolitan: A sophisticated blend of vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau, and lime juice.
White Russian: A creamy and decadent combination of vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream.
Bloody Mary: A savory and tangy brunch favorite with vodka, tomato juice, and spices.

What are some essential ingredients for making vodka cocktails?

While specific ingredients vary by recipe, some common staples include:
Citrus juices: Lemon, lime, and grapefruit juice add a refreshing tartness.
Sweeteners: Simple syrup, honey, or fruit liqueurs provide sweetness and balance the tartness.
Bitters: A few dashes of bitters like Angostura or orange bitters enhance complexity and depth.
Soda water and tonic water: These add fizz and lightness.
Fruits and herbs: Fresh or muddled fruits and herbs like mint, basil, or berries add vibrant flavors and visual appeal.

Are there any tips for making delicious vodka cocktails?

Here are some helpful tips:
Use high-quality vodka: While top-shelf isn’t always necessary, a decent vodka will make a noticeable difference.
Chill your ingredients: Cold ingredients ensure a refreshing final drink.
Measure accurately: Balanced flavors are key, so following recipe measurements is important.
Get creative! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and flavor combinations, like adding muddled fruits or herbs.

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Vodka gimlet

Vodka Gimlet (& More Easy Vodka Cocktails)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x

Description

Here are all the best vodka cocktails to unleash the versatility of this spirit! Pick from all the classic vodka mixed drinks and unique cocktails for any occasion, from the Moscow mule to the Cosmo.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) vodka
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
  • ¼ ounce (½ tablespoonsimple syrup or maple syrup
  • For the garnish: lime wedge or wheel

Instructions

  1. Add vodka, lime juice, and syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill with a handful of ice and shake until cold.
  2. Strain the drink into a coupe or martini glass and top with a splash of soda water, if desired. Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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4 Comments

  1. RTTERTR says:

    THHANKS

  2. Louie Pratt says:

    When I drink an alcoholic beverage it has to taste good. I liked Kahlua for starters, but I didn’t like what others typically mixed with it. So I took a lot of sample bottles and mixed them one by one with Kahlua. It came out that best by far was Kahlua and Bacardi Rum. I mix them 50 by 50.

  3. Drake says:

    Can confirm that this is the ideal gimlet ratio. Tart and liquor forward yet still balanced and approachable. Just made mine and it was so satisfying.






    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Glad you enjoyed it!