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Welcome to the Vodka Cocktail Recipe Guide

Here you will find the world’s most popular and easy to make vodka cocktails.

There are thousands of vodka cocktail recipes around, so it’s a challenge to find the best ones. Cocktail Mixing Master goes to great lengths to find the most popular and simple to make vodka cocktail recipes.

Vodka originally comes from Russia and most Russians like to drink their vodka neat. So does James Bond. Vodka is ideal for the beginner bartender as it goes well with just about anything. If you want to experiment, vodka is your spirit of choice.


TIP: Go to our Cocktail Mixing Guide for an explanation of the terms used on this page.

Here are the vodka cocktail recipes carefully selected by Cocktail Mixing Master:

BLACK RUSSIAN

Ingredients:
Ice cubes ice
1 part vodka
1 part Kahlua or coffee liqueur

Glass:Martini

Preparation:Shake the ingredients and strain into the ice-filled glass.

Garnish:Usually none


Bloody Mary

BLOODY MARY*

Arguably the most famous and widely drank vodka cocktails of all time. Perceived by many to be a great hangover cure. (Click here to go to our Hangover Cures guide.) Another cocktail with as many variants as there are bartenders.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts vodka
6 parts tomato cocktail juice
1 teaspoon tomato sauce or ketchup (optional)
A dash of Worcestershire sauce
A dash of Tabasco sauce
Salt and ground black pepper

Glass:Highball or hurricane

Preparation:Put the vodka and tomato juice in a shaker with a few ice cubes. Add the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce. Shake well and strain into the glass (which can be with or without ice). Add salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish:Celery stick, which serves as a stirrer as well.

Works well with a few drops of lemon juice too.


GOD MOTHER

A popular after dinner drink.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
1 part vodka
1 part Amaretto
a teaspoon of sugar syrup

Glass:Lowball

Preparation:Pour the ingredients into the ice-filled glass and stir gently.

Garnish:Serve ungarnished

Replace the vodka with whisky to create a “God Father”.


HARVEY WALLBANGER*

This is a surfer’s drink, perfect for sunny summer’s days. It is said to have been invented by a surfer, Harvey, who was eliminated from a surfing contest in California. He drank a huge amount of vodka and Galliano and banged his head against the wall in despair.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts vodka
5 parts freshly squeezed orange juice
1 part Galliano

Glass:Highball

Preparation:Shake the vodka and orange juice and strain into the glass, with a few ice cubes. Float the Galliano on top.

Garnish:Slice of orange, cocktail cherry.


LOVE COCKTAIL

Also know as “Love Potion”.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes ice
2 parts vodka, orange if you have
1 part Chambord
1 part cranberry juice

Glass:Martini, chilled

Preparation:Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Maraschino cherry


SCREWDRIVER*

A very straight-forward drink and rather a mixed alcoholic drink than a cocktail in the true sense. Still a classic, very enjoyable and one of our favorite vodka cocktail recipes.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts vodka
4 parts orange juice

Glass:Highball, chilled

Preparation:Pour the vodka and orange juice into the ice filled glass and stir gently.

Garnish:Slice of orange, optional.

It is believed that this drink was first created in the 1950’s by American engineers working in the Middle East. They added orange juice to their vodka and stirred it with the closest thing – usually a screwdriver.


Slow Comfortable Screw

SLOW COMFORTABLE SCREW

Originally called “Sloe Comfortable Screw” as it was made with sloe gin, Southern Comfort and the ingredients of the Screwdriver. These days, many bartenders prefer to use “normal” gin.

Ingredients:
Crushed ice
1 part vodka
1 part gin
1 part Southern Comfort
Orange juice

Glass:Highball

Preparation:Shake the vodka, gin and Southern Comfort and strain into the glass. Top up with orange juice and stir gently.

Garnish: Slice of orange, optional.

A variant of this cocktail: Float a 0.5 parts Galliano on top to turn it into a “Slow Comfortable Screw Against the Wall”.


THE VOLGA BOATMAN

A cheerful drink guaranteed to put you in a good mood.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
1 part vodka
1 part cherry brandy
1 part orange juice

Glass:Cocktail

Preparation:Shake the ingredients with crushed ice and strain into the glass.

Garnish: Cocktail cherry on a stick.


VODKA GIMLET

It is not uncommon to replace the gin in a gin based cocktail with vodka and put “Vodka” in front of the name. For example, the vodka martini. This is another example. Another quick and easy cocktail.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts vodka
1 part lime cordial
a teaspoon of sugar syrup

Glass:Lowball or martini

Preparation:Shake the ingredients and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Slice of orange


WHITE RUSSIAN

Ingredients:
Ice cubes ice
1 part vodka
1 part Kahlua or coffee liqueur
1 splash half and half (half milk half cream)

Glass:Martini

Preparation:Shake the ingredients and strain into the ice-filled glass.

Garnish:Usually none


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Cocktail Cosmopolitan

COSMOPOLITAN*

Also known as a “Stealth Martini”. Commonly made in London and New York.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
4 parts vodka (citrus vodka if you have)
1.5 parts triple sec
1.5 parts fresh lime juice (or a teaspoon of lime cordial)
3 parts cranberry juice (other berry juice also works)

Glass:Martini

Preparation:Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Orange, lemon or lime slice.


SALTY DOG*

Try this if you like grapefruit juice or have a taste for bitter things.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts vodka
4 parts grapefruit juice

Glass:Martini, although a highball is sometimes used.

Preparation:Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Salt frosted rim for the glass.


SEX ON THE BEACH*

Need we say more? A modern classic cocktail found on the majority of cocktail menus around the world.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
4 parts vodka
2 parts peach schnapps
4 parts orange juice
4 parts cranberry juice (other berry juice also works)

Glass:Highball

Preparation:Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Orange slice or wheel.

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*Cocktails marked with an * are official International Bartenders Association (IBA) cocktails. In some cases the recipes here do not correspond exactly with that of the IBA.


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