Vodka is a distilled beverage with origins in Eastern Europe, but now it is manufactured all over the world. With the reemergence of the martini and cocktail tradition, vodka has now gained popularity than ever. Vodka is also very easy to blend with other drinks, this has resulted in the development of novel flavors, from strawberry to vanilla. In fact, vodka is regarded as the chameleon of all liquors. The secret to making excellent vodka cocktails is to have a creative imagination and to be keen with your ratios. The following are the 17 most popular vodka cocktail recipes:
1. Sloshed Slushie
This cocktail gets its characteristic slushie tinge mainly from pear and vodka.
Ingredients: one ounce pear vodka, one ounce fruit puree (pear), a quarter cup 7-up, half a lemon (Juice).
Directions: Mix everything using a blender, add a few ice cubes. Serve.
2. Hibiscus tea with citrus and vodka
This floral tea is ideal for drinking on hot days or during the summer.
Ingredients: 4 cups water, 2 cups dried hibiscus flowers, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 cup ice, 1 table spoon lime juice, 1 cup vodka.
Directions: Place the water, hibiscus flowers and sugar to heat over medium heat and allow it to boil. Let the mixture cool and then add lime juice, lemon juice and vodka.
3. Beach comber
This vodka cocktail will elicit thoughts of a vacation in the tropics
Ingredients: One ounce vodka, half an ounce coconut rum, a quarter ounce orange juice, half an ounce pineapple juice, one orange slice.
Directions: Mix the pineapple and orange juice with the vodka and rum. Add ice and shake, serve on the rocks. Garnish with a slice of orange.
4. Champagne sparkle
Drink in style with this awesome pink champagne sparkly drink.
Ingredients: One and a half a cup vodka, One and a quarter cup pomegranate juice, 2 bottles of sparkly champagne, 1 cup of syrup, lemon slices.
Directions: Mix the vodka, champagne and the pomegranate juice in a bowl with ice and add the syrup. Add lemon slices.
5. Grape sparkle
This sweet and tangy cocktail uses grapes as the base. Using honey may not be necessary if the grapes are very sweet. You can freeze the grapes before you use them and let them float in the drink for the chilling effect.
Ingredients: 4 cups of seedless red grapes, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, a cup of vodka, 2 cups seltzer.
Directions: Use a blender to puree the grapes and filter the puree into a bowl. Add honey and lemon to the juice and stir. Next, add the seltzer and the vodka. Serve and garnish with the frozen whole grapes.
6. Tea thyme
This cocktail combines vodka with English breakfast tea and honey
Ingredients: 2 thyme sprigs, one ounce lemon juice, 2 teaspoons honey, one ounce vodka, 2 teaspoons water, ice
Directions: Muddle one of the thyme sprigs in a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, ice, honey and lemon juice, shake well. Filter into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the other thyme sprig.
7. Cran Razzy
This cocktail has a raspberry-cranberry combination. It also uses raspberries for garnish, be sure to freeze the raspberries before hand.
Ingredients: Half a cup of frozen raspberries, 2 cups of seltzer, 2 cups of raspberry-cranberry juice, 2 cups seltzer, 1 cup vodka, 2 tablespoons lime juice.
Directions: Freeze the raspberries. Mix the seltzer, vodka, lime juice and raspberry-cranberry juice in a jug. Serve and garnish with lime wedges and frozen raspberries.
8. Bloody Mary
This cocktail uses fresh tomatoes and lemon juice.
Ingredients: 3 pounds ripe tomatoes, half a cup of seafood cocktail sauce, a quarter cup lemon juice, a quarter cup of Worcestershire sauce, 10 dashes Tabasco, one and a half teaspoons of freshly ground paper, 3 tablespoons grated horse radish, 12 ounces of vodka, one and a half teaspoons of celery salt and celery for garnish.
Directions: Liquefy the tomatoes in a food processor, filter into a large pitcher. Add this mix to each of the glasses, up to three quarters, top up with vodka and ice. Garnish with celery.
This drink blends the delicate flavors of vanilla with white chocolate.
Ingredients: One and a half ounces of vanilla flavored vodka, a quarter ounce of syrup, a quarter ounce of white chocolate liqueur, one teaspoon of grated white chocolate.
Directions: Mix the simple syrup, vanilla flavored vodka and the white chocolate liqueur. Add ice and shake, filter into a martini glass and garnish with the grated white chocolate.
10. Pomegranate martini
This cocktail uses a bit of tonic and pomegranate juice to give an unrivaled flavor
Ingredients: One ounce vodka, One splash pomegranate juice, one twist lemon, one splash tonic water and half an ounce of splash tonic water.
Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain, serve and garnish with the lemon twist.
11. Cuppa Joe martini
This mix of vodka and espresso gives a buzz of delicious caffeine.
Ingredients: One ounce vodka, one ounce cold espresso, a piece of lemon zest twist and one ounce cold espresso.
Directions: Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, serve in a chilled martini glass, garnish with the lemon zest twist.
12. Ciroc lola
This cocktail is as stylish as it is delicious.
Ingredients: One ounce ciroc, one teaspoon elderflower liqueur, one orchid blossom, one splash champagne and one ounce pomegranate juice.
Directions: Add ice to the ingredients and stir, filter into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a dash of champagne.
13. White grape cosmo
Ideal for the ladies, this cocktail uses gentle grape vodka.
Ingredients: one ounce lime soda, two ounces of cranberry juice, a quarter ounce of triple sec, one and a half ounce of vodka.
Directions: Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Filter into a martini glass.
14. Dirty Mary
This cocktail is a spice up of the Bloody Mary classic.
Ingredients: One and a half ounce of vodka, one cup of ice, one tablespoon of stirrings dirty martini and four ounces of bloody cocktail mixer.
Directions: Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with lots of ice. Shake, filter into a cocktail glass.
This light and delicious cocktail uses wine and draws its gentle sweetness from elderflower liqueur. It is relatively simple to mix beforehand and serve it when you need it.
Ingredients: One bottle of Fume Blanc, four ounces of elderflower liqueur, fresh mint sprigs, ice, four ounces vodka and club soda.
Directions: Combine the Fume Blanc, elderflower liqueur and vodka in a large pitcher, allow to chill in a refrigerator and serve. Muddle a few mint leaves in the glasses, add club soda and garnish with mint sprigs.
16. Passion fruit punch
This fruit flavored vodka combines the flavor of passion fruit and other fruit juices. It is distinct from other fruit cocktails.
Ingredients: One ounce passion fruit flavored vodka, grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, lemon-lime soda, two dashes bitters, a piece of; orange, pineapple and cherry.
Direction: Mix the flavored vodka, grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, lemon-lime soda and two dashes bitters in a Collins glass with ice. Add lemon-lime soda and garnish with the orange slice, pineapple wedge and cherry.
17. German chocolate martini
This sweet chocolate martini is ideal when taken as an after dinner drink.
Ingredients: Half an ounce of; coconut rum, black cherry vodka, liqueur and a quarter ounce of chocolate shavings.
Directions: Mix the liqueur, coconut rum and black cherry vodka. In a pitcher, shake with ice and filter into a martini glass. With the chocolate shavings, garnish the drink.