What Spirits and Mixers Pair Well with Vodka?
The lack of a complex flavor profile made vodka a great ingredient in many cocktails. The most popular way to make a simple vodka cocktail at home is to combine it with juice. Mix vodka with tomato juice to make the Bloody Mary, or with orange juice for the Screwdriver, and cranberry one to treat yourself with the Cape Coder.
And for those who like their drinks really strong, try cocktails where vodka is combined with other types of alcohol. Vodka can make a great combo when mixed with vermouth, gin, liqueurs, rum, and even beer. Here are 7 easy vodka cocktails that taste perfect when paired with summer, beaches, and fun!
Mint Tea Vodka
Green tea, mint, and vodka is a super refreshing combo for the ideal summer afternoon. The cocktail is full of fresh herbal and citrus notes balanced with subtle sweetness and peppery hints of vodka that complement the composition.
- Victory Vodka - 50ml
- Green tea syrup - 10ml
- Lemon juice - 15ml
- Cold green tea - 125ml
- Mint sprig to garnish
Method: Place 15 mint leaves in a highball. Fill a highball glass to the top with ice cubes. Pour in lemon juice, sugar syrup and vodka. Top up with green tea and stir gently with a cocktail spoon. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
Recipe by Cooper King Distillery
Cooper King Black Cardamom Vodka is a delicious tipple with fresh eucalyptus notes, hints of cardamom, and a nice smoky finish. It makes amazing Smoky Margarita. Give it a try!
- Salt, for the glass rim
- 50ml - Cooper King Black Cardamom Vodka
- 20ml - fresh lime juice
- 20ml - orange liqueur
- Lime slice, to garnish
Method: Salt the rim of the glass before making the cocktail. First, chill the glass then take a piece of lime and wet the rim of the glass. Place the wet rim onto the salt layer on the plate. Shake off any excess.
To make the cocktail: add the vodka, lime juice and orange liqueur to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice and shake vigorously until chilled. Double strain into your salted martini glass and garnish with the lime slice.
Recipe by Sapling Spirits
Sapling vodka makes great cocktails as it is incredibly smooth and delicate spirit. Try the Sustainable Superstar — zesty and fruity cocktail with an amazing vodka kick.
- 10 fresh raspberries
- Sapling Vodka - 50ml
- Limoncello - 15ml
- Sugar syrup - 7.5ml
Method: Put raspberries, vodka, limoncello and syrup into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and double strain into a Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with a raspberry.
Sex on the Beach
Peachy, tart, and citrusy Sex On The Beach Cocktail is the perfect drink to wind down with after a long day.
- Sapling Vodka - 30ml
- Peach schnapps - 30ml
- Orange juice - 60ml
- Cranberry juice - 60ml
- Orange wedge, for garnish
Method: Fill a glass with ice and add vodka, peach schnapps, and orange juice. Pour cranberry juice over. Garnish with an orange.
The cocktail's name comes from a powerful herbicide used by U.S. military forces during the Vietnam War used to clear leaves and vegetation for military operations. Don't be afraid, this cocktail won't affect your body as the herbicide, but it is still quite sharp and boozy. If you like high-proof cocktails, you will enjoy this one.
- Vodka - 30 ml
- Grand Marnier - 15ml
- Triple Sec - 15ml
- Orange juice - 60ml
Method: Fill the shaker with ice, pour vodka, Grand Marnier, triple sec, and freshly-squeezed orange juice. Shake it well and double strain in the rocks glass over ice. Garnish with an orange peel.
Cape Codder is a fresh, pleasant cocktail that is made of vodka, cranberry juice, some simple syrup and Angostura bitters.
- Vodka - 60ml
- Cranberry juice - 30ml
- Simple syrup 15ml
- Angostura bitter - 3 dashes
Method: Pour juice, vodka, and syrup into a shaker filled with ice. Shake it well and strain it into the cooled glass with ice. Add 3 dashes of Angostura bitters, stir with a cocktail spoon and garnish with orange peel.
Watermelon and vodka is a couple made in heaven and this Watermelon Cobbler cocktail tastes like summer. Give it a try!
- Vodka - 50ml
- Simple syrup - 10ml
- Lemon Juice 15ml
- Sprite -100ml
- Watermelon -100g
- Mint - 1 sprig
- Crushed ice
Method: Fill the rocks glass with crushed ice to the top. Muddle the watermelon in a shaker and pour lemon juice, syrup, and vodka. Fill a shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously. Double strain into the glass.
Top up the cocktail with sprite and stir gently with a cocktail spoon. Add some more crushed ice and garnish with a small piece of watermelon and a sprig of mint.