Vodka: We use it to polish cutlery, make pie crust impossibly flaky and, most importantly, to perfect homemade tomato sauce. But when it comes to cocktails, we usually don’t venture past the trusty vodka soda (with a spritz of lime, obvi). It’s a shame though, since vodka is distilled multiple times to get a clean, smooth flavor that can pair well with just about anything. Whether you’re shaking up an espresso martini or sangria for a crowd, here are 37 vodka cocktails to try.
37 Vodka Cocktails That Will Appeal to Martini Lovers and Mule Stans Alike
7. Sparkling Rosé Jell-o
Remember those Jell-O shots you were famous for making in college? These are just like that, only much more elegant.
It’s Carrie Bradshaw’s go-to for a reason. The recipe calls for usual suspects like orange liqueur, fresh lime and cranberry juice, but we urge you use quality citrus vodka (like Absolut Citron) as well if you have it.
28. Lemon Drop Martini
Fresh citrus juice goes a long way in cocktails. Here, mouth-puckering lemon tames boozy vodka and a sweet sugar rim.
31. Guava Watermelon Martini
The recipe comes together in a flash, thanks to store-bought watermelon-berry juice. But feel free to purée your own fresh watermelon juice if you’re feeling ambitious.
33. Orange Pineapple Moscow Mule
Shake it up in five minutes by using store-bought juices or take the time to squeeze your own for unbeatable flavor.