Vodka is one of the best liquors to use in a mixed drink. By itself, it doesn’t have a strong flavor, at least when you compare it to whiskey or tequila. This means that you can easily hide the taste of vodka with mixers and juices. Since bars are closed, here are the top 5 most popular vodka cocktails that you can make at home.
You only need three ingredients for a good Moscow Mule: vodka, spicy ginger beer and lime juice. It helps if you have a copper cup to serve it in, though it’s mostly for aesthetic purposes. This refreshing drink is perfect for a backyard dinner party.
This pink vodka drink was made famous by the ‘90s TV series, Sex and the City. It’s a simple recipe. All you need is vodka, cranberry juice, and your choice of triple sec, sour mix,or Cointreau. And don’t forget the lime wedge for garnish. Be careful, though. Despite its simplicity, you can easily mess up a cosmo. Too much cranberry juice and it’ll be too sweet. Over pour the sour mix and it’s too tart. And of course, use a disproportionate amount of vodka and you’ll be tasting the alcohol. The key to a well-balanced cosmo is precision.
The Bloody Mary is the ultimate hair-of-the-dog hangover cure. Its punch comes from its curious mix of vodka, tomato juice and horseradish. There are also no end to the savory garnishes you can add. Creative bartenders might garnish their Mary with anything from olives to pickled green beans to bacon. If you can’t bear the thought of more alcohol after a wild night, nix the vodka and just drink a virgin Bloody Mary. The salt alone will replenish lost electrolytes and help you feel better.
The screwdriver, a popular beach beverage, is the easiest cocktail to make on this list. Simply add vodka to your orange juice and drink up! For a fancy brunch, opt for fresh-squeezed orange juice. But if you’re on a budget, boxed OJ works just fine. Whether you like your juice with or without pulp, the screwdriver is a classic.
The vodka martini is basically just vodka with a bit of vermouth. Olives are not an official requirement, but if you don’t garnish this drink with them, it looks a bit empty. For a little extra flavor, add a splash of olive juice to make it a dirty martini. Just be careful, this drink is basically all vodka, so make sure you hydrate along the way.