There are few cocktails more iconic than the martini. Long before I was of drinking age, if I thought about a classy older person, they were likely drinking one. They were also probably wearing a monocle, had a curly mustache, and might have loosely resembled Mr. Peanut (I had a vivid imagination).
Point being: The martini is definitely one of (if not the) most well-known cocktails. It’s simple (vodka or gin, vermouth, and maybe an olive garnish) and is the go-to drink for iconic secret agents (James Bond), world leaders (Winston Churchill), and actors (Humphrey Bogart). Obviously, gin is the more well-known martini ingredient. But, in the summer, gin gets enough press. It’s vodka’s time to shine.
The martini is a drink so good it deserves its own day (today!). But, after you’ve had your fill of the drink “shaken, not stirred” you’re probably going to want to drink something else. Why not stay on brand and shake up another classic, vodka-based cocktail? You don’t even have to go skimming through cocktail books to find one. Just try one of our favorites listed below.
The king (or, more likely, queen) of the breakfast cocktails, the Bloody Mary gets its base from vodka. Usually made in a highball glass, the drink also contains tomato juice, lemon juice, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, horseradish, and any number of ridiculous toppings from bacon to whole cheeseburgers.
Jeffrey Lebowski’s favorite cocktail is not one that you’ll enjoy if you’re lactose-intolerant. That’s because this vodka-based drinks also contains coffee liqueur and heavy cream. It’s like a delicious, vodka-fueled milkshake.
The screwdriver is one of the best two-ingredient cocktails ever conceived. That’s because it’s made up of only vodka and orange juice. Honestly, there’s nothing else in this drink. But, be weary of this sweet cocktail because the alcohol content will sneak up on you and end your night early if you’re not careful.
Vodka Tom Collins
The Tom Collins is a classy drink that is perfectly suited for a day at the beach, yachting, or ajust as an accompaniment to listening to yacht rock like Hall & Oats. Originating in the late 1800s, this cocktail is made up of vodka (or gin), lemon juice, simple syrup, and carbonated water.
This classic cocktail has seen a resurgence in recent years and a variation can be found on pretty much every cocktail menu in America. It’s simple and spicy, getting its flavors from vodka, ginger beer, and lime. It’s usually served in a copper mug just to give the whole process a little more pomp and circumstance.
There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the invention of this drink. For years people believed that a LA-based bartender named this mixture of vodka, orange juice, and Galliano after surfer who would frequent his bar. But, according to bartending historians, that story is a complete fabrication made up in order to sell Galliano. Whether made up or not, the story did its job and now the world gets to enjoy this delicious, summer drink.
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The Salty Dog is a slight variation on the Greyhound, which is simply gin or vodka with grapefruit juice. The flavor profile of gin tends to have much more depth than that of vodka, but hey, to each his or her own, right? All you need to do to transform your Greyhound into a Salty Dog is add a salted rim. Salt and gin might sound like an odd combination, but the salt really interacts with the grapefruit juice. If straight grapefruit is too sour for your taste, you can always add a dash of simple syrup to tone it down. Just be careful and don't overdo it, or you'll cancel out the salt. Check out the link in the bio for the full recipe.
This drink is like the paloma for people who don’t like tequila. It’s pretty much the same recipe (vodka and grapefruit juice) with vodka added instead of tequila. It even has a salted rim to complete the mimicking.
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– K A M I K A Z E 2 oz Vodka 1 oz Dry Curaçao .5 oz Fresh Lime Juice 2 Dashes Orange Bitters A Pinch of Salt Add all ingredients to a shaking tin and then add ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lime. – Rainy rainbow days in Santa Cruz make for the best lighting 🌈🤩 . . . #Kamikaze #KamikazeCocktail #Vodka #TripleSec #DryCuraçao #Lime #Orange #OrangeBitters #Bitters #Margarita #NickAndNora@
According to cocktail historian David Wondrich, the Kamikaze (which was created in the late 70s) is the first recorded shooter in history. But, it’s much better in cocktail from –with vodka, triple sec, and lime juice.