Best-Loved Vodka Cocktails
You don’t need an excuse to enjoy North America’s most popular spirit. Whether you’re unwinding from a long day at work or celebrating a bachelorette party, this versatile spirit can be enjoyed every which way… as long as it’s done right.
We’ve put together a list of five of our best-loved vodka cocktails, from the fresh and original to the classic vodka concoctions — taken up a notch and given a unique new twist!
Haven’t gotten around to figuring out which Sex and the City character you are? Don’t worry — when it comes to cocktails, they all drank Cosmos. Add 1.5 ounces of Grey Goose vodka, a half ounce of orange bitters, an ounce of cranberry juice and a squirt of lime to an ice-filled shaker. Give it a good shake and strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass, then raise a toast to your newest pair of shoes.
The Moscow Mule
We’d be remiss not to pay our respects to the people whose love of the stuff is known worldwide: Russians. In honour of them, we give you the Moscow Mule, made with Smirnoff Vodka, first distilled in that same city in the 1860s. The Mule is traditionally served in a copper cup over ice and consists 1.5 or 2 ounces of vodka, 4 ounces of ginger beer, a generous squeeze of lime juice and a dash of bitters. Stir everything together and garnish with a wedge of lime. It’s the perfect cocktail to enjoy with a spicy meal.
Mr. Bigelow’s Basil-tini
We have no idea who Mr. Bigelow is but his muddled basil martini — shaken, not stirred — is one of the best twists of Mr. Bond’s signature cocktail. Muddle nine basil leaves with three dashes of orange bitters and a splash each of simple syrup and lemon juice. Add a 12 count of Absolut Vodka (Mr. Bigelow’s top choice) and splash of pineapple juice. Shake with ice, strain into a martini glass and enjoy — just don’t forget to keep an eye out for double agents while you sip.
Already a master mixologist? Time to take your bartending skills to the next level. Sure, you can buy all kinds of fruity vodkas right off the shelf, but infusing your own with whatever combination of tastes you want is so much more satisfying (and easy, too). Simply take two cups of chopped fruit and add it to two to three cups of vodka — we recommend a less expensive brand like Polar Ice so you don’t have to worry about experimenting with something you may not end up liking. Seal it in a canning jar, wait three to five days and voilà: fruit-infused vodka you can pour over ice, mix with club soda or craft new cocktails around.
Is there a vodka cocktail that goes better with brunch? The answer to both those questions is, of course, no! Invented in Calgary in 1969, the basic Caesar consists of Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and vodka, but the Caesar is highly adaptable. This recipe calls for pickled carrots and green beans to replace the typical celery garnish and suggests adding paprika, lemon thyme and a healthy dose of freshly-grated horseradish. Try it with Alberta Pure Vodka in keeping with the Canadian theme and we’ll take two.
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