Got a bottle of vodka and need to use it up? Or are you hosting a cocktail party with homies and out to impress? There is a myriad of delicious vodka cocktails and vodka mixed drinks that are as varied as you could imagine! Thanks to its subtle flavor, vodka easily takes on the character of a beverage and enhances its taste. So, if you’re a vodka enthusiast, be sure to check out these essential vodka cocktails that are easy to make while giving you the ultimate refreshment this festive season.

12 intriguing vodka recipes you can make at home

Vodka Martini cocktail

Two basic ingredients are all you’ll need to make this delicious cocktail. While a gin Martini version is arguably more classic, the vodka Martini was also a hit in the ‘90s and early 2000s, when this base spirit was at the top of its game. Steps to make this vodka martini recipe (also known as a Kangaroo cocktail) are quite simple, but its flavors surely blow your mind. Without question, this vodka twist was born to make you remember why it was the most beloved liquor of the 90s.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ oz Absolut vodka
  • ½ oz dry vermouth
  • A thin lemon twist (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Combine Absolut vodka and vermouth in a mixing glass.
  2. Stir with ice until chilled.
  3. Strain the drink into a chilled Martini glass or coupe.
  4. Gently express a lemon peel over the top of the cocktail, then garnish with the lemon zest.

Bloody Mary Vodka mixed drink

Whether it's over brunch or a virtual vodka tasting experience with friends via zoom call, the Bloody Mary is a firmly entrenched cultural icon. More than that, this hearty drink is said to be the ultimate hangover cure and could be topped with everything in your kitchen, from a simple celery stick, shrimps, to crab legs, mini burgers, and everything in between.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 5 1/2 oz tomato juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz of Worcestershire
  • A pinch of pepper
  • A pinche of celery salt
  • Garnish with everything you like: shrimps, crab legs, celery,...

Instructions:

  • Combine the first 6 ingredients in a collins or highball glass.
  • Add crushed ice.
  • Stir the cocktail well.
  • Garnish your vodka mixed drink with lemon and/or other ingredients right in your kitchen, enjoy.

Cosmopolitan vodka cocktail

The best vodka mixed drink list will not be complete without Cosmopolitan cocktail. Cosmo’s popularity surged in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s after being prominently featured in “Sex & The City” television show and it has still won the hearts of vodka lovers. Balancing sweet and tart flavors, the Cosmopolitan cocktail is known for delivering both simplicity and elegance: high-end vodka, cranberry juice, fresh lime, and Cointreau are all it takes to create a perfect Cosmo.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • ½ oz of cranberry juice
  • ¾ oz of fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz of Cointreau L'unique

Instructions:

  • Combine all the above ingredients in a shaker tin
  • Add some small ice cubes.
  • Shake the tin vigorously, until it is frosted over.
  • Strain your Cosmopolitan into a chilled cocktail glass
  • Garnish to the top of your vodka cocktail with a lime twist and enjoy.

White Russian vodka mixed drink

The White Russian cocktail came about in the ’60s when a bartender added a bit of cream to the Black Russian, rendering it white. Neither drinks originate in Russia, but the names refer to vodka, a spirit often associated with this country. The White Russian cocktail is decadent and surprisingly easy to make. All you need to do is to combine essential ingredients and serving the drink on the rocks creates a delicious alternative to adult milkshakes.

If you’re looking for a delicious drinking option to go dairy-free? Simply answer, just omit the milk, and you’ve built up another essential vodka cocktail: the Black Russian.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ oz Vodka
  • 1 ¼ oz heavy cream
  • 1 ¼ oz Coffee liqueur (Kahlua)

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of these above ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir and strain the mixture into your prepared glass over ice. Enjoy.

Blue Lagoon Vodka mixed drink 

With its symbolic bold color and flavors, this Caribbean-inspired vodka cocktail is sure to rid you of the blues. Simply explained, it is a modern twist on a classic Lemon Drop Martini. Instead of creating a sugar rim, you can opt for a bit of simple syrup in the drink and add Blue Curacao for a bright pop of color. In a word, if you fancy a mouth-watering cocktail but insist on the visual aid, mix up your own Blue Lagoon to take a vodka cocktail to the next level!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz vodka
  • ½ oz Blue Curaçao
  • ¼ oz simple syrup
  • ¾ oz lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the above ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with small ice cubes.
  2. Shake the container to chill and combine.
  3. Strain your drink into a coupe or cocktail glass.

Screwdriver cocktail

The Screwdriver is a classic vodka mixed drink that has been designated an International Bartender Association official cocktail. The history of the cocktail is somewhat debatable, even though mention of it in literature traces back to 1949 when vodka was first gaining traction outside Europe. 

The beauty of the Screwdriver vodka cocktail lies in its simplicity and the drink’s adoption as a morning eye-opener. Combining vodka and orange juice in a highball glass is about as easy as a mixed drink gets and creates a base that’s ripe for experimentation.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 ½ oz orange juice

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a highball cocktail glass.
  2. Add ice and gently stir.
  3. Garnish your drink with an orange wedge and enjoy.

Citrus Caipirovska cocktail

Caipirinha is a popular Brazilian national cocktail. Prized for its bright, dedicated flavor, the drink is enjoyed all over the country and, increasingly, all across the world. Its popularity has spurred numerous cocktail variations, as bartenders tweak this classic drink by adding fruits and liqueurs or mixing it up with different base spirits. That’s exactly the case with the Caipiroska. 

This simple riff on the Caipirinha combines the traditional cachaca in favor of vodka. Vodka ingredients, on the other hand, sports a lighter, straightforward taste profile that yields a mouth-watering cocktail. Muddle the fresh limes with the sugar to extract the oils from the lime peels, and you’ll surely fall in love with a richer, tastier Caipirovska vodka mixed drink.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz simple syrup (or 1 tbsp of granulated white sugar)
  • 1 fresh lime, cut it into quarters
  • 2 oz vodka
  • Garnish with the lime quarters

Instructions:

  1. Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice to chill, and set it aside.
  2. Add the simple syrup (or granulated white sugar) and lime quarters to a cocktail shaker.
  3. Muddle the shaker to extract the juice without forcing the rind from the limes.
  4. Add all the ice from the rock’s glass into the shaker, pour the vodka, and shake it until well-chilled.
  5. Pour the entire drink into the chilled glass, and garnish it with some lime quarters.

Lemon drop vodka mixed drink

The lemon drop cocktail is one of the best vodka martinis and a highlight of modern mixed drink menus. Since the first entry in the 1970s, it became so popular that it has inspired a number of ready-to-drink variations. However, this vodka mixed recipe is very easy and there's no need for a mix as its fresh taste is far better than any bottled lemon drop can offer.

This is a wonderful dessert drink and a fabulous choice when you’re on a hunt for a cocktail with a bit of pucker and a hint of sweetness at the same time. With each sip, the sweetness serves as a brilliant introduction to the sweet and sour drink and it is reminiscent of sugar-coated lemon-flavored candies. You can also adapt this cocktail to suit your personal taste and have fun adding and creating other flavors to the mix. 

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Grey Goose vodka
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz of lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Garnish: a sugar rim

Instructions:

  1. Coat the cocktail glass’s rim with sugar and set aside. Make sure to do this a few minutes in advance so that the sugar can dry and adhere well to the glass.
  2. Add gently the vodka, triple sec, simple syrup, and lemon juice to a shaker with ice and shake the drink until well-chilled.
  3. Strain your Lemon drop it into the prepared glass and enjoy.

Woo woo cocktail

If you’re in the mood for something fruity and sweet, this three-ingredient vodka-based cocktail is a quick fix. Made with vodka, cranberry juice, and peach schnapps, it’s as easy to make as it is to drink. We suggest using quality and tart cranberry juice to balance out the sugary taste of the schnapps.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Vodka
  • 1 ½ oz Peach Schnapps
  • 4 oz cranberry juice

Instructions

  1. Fill a chilled highball glass with crushed ice.
  2. Pour the peach schnapps and vodka into the glass.
  3. Top off with tart cranberry juice and shake/stir the cocktail to mix.
  4. Garnish your Woo Woo with a wedge of lime or fruit skewer.

Moscow Mule vodka mixed drink

The Moscow Mule is a classic vodka-based cocktail that is popular for good reason: It’s delightful, refreshing, and a snap to make. Just the name of the drink conjures images of the ice-cold copper mug that is the symbol for the Moscow Mule. This vodka-based cocktail recipe brings the legendary drink up to date while staying true to its refreshing roots. At its core, the Moscow Mule vodka mixed drink is deceptively simple and perfect for any season.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 oz of ginger beer, chilled
  • Garnish: use a lime wheel

Instructions

  1. Fill a Moscow Mule mug (or highball glass) with crushed ice, then add the vodka and lime juice.
  2. Top your Moscow cocktail with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish your vodka cocktail with a lime wheel.

Appletini cocktail or the Sour Apple Martini

This four-ingredient Appletini (also known as Apple Martini) is one of our favorite party cocktails thanks to its ease and superb sour apple flavor. This tasty vodka mixed drink is perfect for a little rest and relaxation as it only takes a few minutes to prepare, leaving you plenty of time to socialize with homies or catch up with your significant other. Both sweet and sour with a subtle kick on your palate and the complexion of liquid kryptonite, the Apple Martini has been a smash hit from the moment it burst onto the mixed drink scene more than two decades ago.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Calvados
  • 1 1/4 oz apple juice
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • Garnish with apple slices and/or cherries

Instructions

  1. Add a few ice cubes into a cocktail glass and set aside to chill.
  2. Add the vodka, apple juice, Calvados, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake the mixture until well-chilled.
  3. Discard the ice from the prepared cocktail glass and double-strain the mixture into the glass again.
  4. Garnish your Appletini with a skewered brandied cherry and/or some apple slices.

Vodka Spritzer cocktail

This bubbly and fruity Vodka Spritzer mixed drink is all fun! It’s just sweet enough with subtle berry flavors while tangy, sparkling, and refreshing all at once. The cranberry juice ingredient makes a brilliant red color, but it’s fruity juice so it’s tart and crisp instead of saccharine. No question that this Vodka Spritzer makes for the most satisfying party drink that you won’t want to end!

Ingredients

  • Some lemon slices
  • 1 cup of sliced strawberries
  • 3 oz vodka
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
  • ½ oz of soda water, for serving
  • For the garnish: fresh rosemary sprigs

Instructions

  1. Place the sliced lemons and strawberries in a pitcher with vodka (a half), cranberry juice, and simple syrup. Let it still for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining vodka and top with a splash of soda to taste. Garnish with some sprigs of fresh rosemary.

3 winning tips when buying your vodka

  1. Always buy from a trusted liquor store

Poorly distilled or bad vodka from unknown sources can ruin your tasting experience and even pose a threat to your health. On the other hand, quality-proven vodka from a trustworthy liquor store can take your cocktail tasting to a new level. Get your mind at peace as here at Drinkies.ph, there is a guarantee of quality as all of your items are premium and fully duty-paid. 

Furthermore, empowered and developed by Heineken Philippines, Drinkies’s super fast delivery services make the idea of buying alcohol much more convenient and enjoyable, as we promise to bring your desired bottles to your front door in less than 60 minutes. You won't have to figure out how to lug bottles of alcoholic drinks home or make a mad dash to the store 15 minutes before your virtual happy hour starts.

  1. Choose your vodka

It’s important to note that a vodka brand is a major consideration that guides you to buy your spirit. Popular vodka brands win the hearts and minds of vodka lovers because they have something that we look for in vodka. If you're anything like most people, Absolut and Grey Goose are surely the two most popular brands that you should opt for. Their tasting experiences are paramount, and they also work well in any vodka mixed drink. 

  1. The best mixers to mix with vodka

Vodka has the advantage of being neutral-tasting, so nearly any other drink you want to add to it as a mixer will work well. However, traditional and much-loved vodka mixers might include juice (orange, pineapple, cranberry, etc.), lemon sodas (lemon squash, lemonade, etc.), coke, energy drinks, iced tea, mineral water (flavored or non-flavored), and other alcohol as well. Some mixers may disguise the alcohol, so be careful not to drink too much and note that alcohol and some mixers are high in calories.

Above are some of our suggestions regarding the best vodka mixed drinks you can build up at home without any hassle. Hesitate no more, it’s time to place your order and build up your own tempting vodka cocktails!