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Vodka Cocktails

Vodka Cocktails All Bartenders Should Know

Vodka is the best selling liquor in the world. It is also the most versatile, boasting thousands of cocktail variations ranging from the experimental to the timeless. Popular brands like Absolut and Smirnoff have further contributed to the Russian legend that is vodka. Indeed, no bar can exist without it. Here are some of the most important vodka cocktails for bartenders to know.

Moscow Mule

This dry and light highball is traditionally served in a copper mug. If you can’t get your hands on one of those, a regular tall glass will do just fine. Stir 60ml of vodka with 90ml of crisp ginger beer and a squeeze of fresh lime juice in a glass with ice. Garnish with a wheel of sliced lime. If you’re looking for a fruity variation of this particular drink, muddle some strawberries and cranberries into the glass before pouring in the liquid ingredients. This Strawberry Cranberry Mule is the perfect summer pick-me-up.

Vodka Martini

Detractors from the gin original just can’t get enough of this sophisticated, urban drink. Grab a shaker and pour in 43ml of vodka. Remember – the better the quality of your vodka, the smoother your martini will be! Add 140ml of dry vermouth and shake. Pour all of the contents into a martini glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.


You don’t have to be a New York singleton to enjoy this tangy favourite! The Cosmo is the epitome of a raucous Ladies’ Night Out, but can also be enjoyed at home. Simply fill a mixing glass with 43ml of citrus vodka, 30ml of Cointreau orange liqueur, 140ml of fresh lime juice and a splash or two of cranberry juice – just enough to give the drink its flirty pink blush. Shake everything together and serve in a cocktail glass with a wedge of lime for garnishing.

Bloody Mary

Vodka can be enjoyed at any time of day! This boozy brunch favourite, consisting of vodka and tomato juice as primary ingredients, can be spiced and flavoured according to your own personal preferences. This uplifting drink is enhanced by additions of horseradish, Tabasco sauce, smoked paprika, celery salt, Worcestershire sauce, as well as lemon and lime juice. It may not cure you of a hangover, but it’s a zesty answer to a lazy Saturday morning in.

Honey Deuce

This designer cocktail quickly became the drink du jour at the US Open tennis tournament in 2006. It’s still going strong, providing refreshment to many a parched fan of the sport. Pour 35ml of fresh vodka into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with fresh lemonade, and dashes of raspberry liqueur or Chambord for colour. Garnish with swizzle stick skewered with bright green honeydew melon balls.

China Blue

This designer cocktail is also relatively new to the scene. It offers an intriguing mix of citrus and lychee flavours, and makes for a sexy summertime statement. Pour 25ml of citrus vodka into a cocktail mixer, with 25ml quantities of blue curacao, golden grapefruit juice and lychee juice. Serve in a highball glass and garnish with a couple of peeled and pitted lychees.

Vodka never ceases to inspire. This is seen in the plethora of innovative vodka cocktails that keep bar patrons on their toes.