10 Cocktails You Can Make With Vodka

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10 Vodka-based cocktails

Vodka has a light taste that goes well with just about any fruit or herb, and it's not too overpowering like gin. It is also a versatile spirit that can be used in many different cocktails. 

If you want to get creative with your drinks, we have 10 vodka cocktail recipes for you!

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1. Hibiscus Vodka Cocktail

Hibiscus Vodka Cocktail

This cocktail is made using vodka infused with dried hibiscus flowers (or flowers of jamaica). The flowers steep rapidly so that the vodka is ready to use. You can make a homemade hibiscus syrup or purchase one. 

The Hibiscus Vodka Cocktail is a refreshing, tropical-flavored twist on the classic Moscow Mule. It's perfect after an intense day at work or even during long days outside in summer heat! 


For the hibiscus syrup:

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Dried hibiscus flowers

For the cocktail: 

Steps to Make

For the hibiscus simple syrup:

  1. In a small pot add the sugar, water, and dried hibiscus flowers.
  2. Heat over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is steaming.
  3. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Then strain out flowers.

For the cocktail:

  1. Add vodka and 1 ounce of the simple syrup to a tall glass. Stir together and add ice.
  2. Top with sparkling water. Serve with a wedge of fresh lime.
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2. Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule

Moscow mule is made of ginger beer, lime juice, and vodka. A classic Moscow mule recipe also includes a dash of bitters for added flavor. It's the perfect drink to sip on hot summer days or match with food such as steak and pasta!


Steps to Make

  1. Pour lime juice into a chilled glass with ice. Preferably use a Moscow mule pure copper mug, but a 10-11 oz. Highball glass will also work. 
  2. Pour in the vodka.
  3. Fill the rest of the glass with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel.

3. Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary cocktail

Bloody Mary is a drink that many people think of in the morning. It's made with vodka and tomato juice, giving it its distinct red color. 

To make this classic cocktail all you need are some celery stalks, lemon wedges, Worcestershire sauce, or soy sauce for dipping your bacon strips into as well as pepper to taste!


Steps to Make

  1. Muddle lemon juice and red bell pepper together. 
  2. Add the spices, then the sauces. Pour in the tomato juice and vodka. 
  3. Add ice cubes and use a shaker tin to shake vigorously. 
  4. Rim glass with lemon wedges. Place celery salt onto a small plate and salt the rim.
  5. Fill the glass with ice cubes and strain the mixture into it. 
  6. Garnish with celery stalk and skewered olive, red bell pepper, gherkin, and hot pepper then serve. 

4. Blackberry Basil Smash

Blackberry Basil Smash

Blackberry Basil Smash is the perfect drink for those who enjoy fruity and savory cocktails. This luscious recipe of blackberries with a hint of herbs will be great for summer afternoons in the garden or evening parties at home.


Steps to Make

  1. Muddle blackberries, basil leaves, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add simple syrup and vodka to the mixture. Fill ice cubes into a glass with one scoop of crushed ice then strain the contents from the mixer into it. 
  3. Garnish with additional blackberry and basil leaves then serve!

5. Peach Mint Mule

Peach Mint Mule

There is a variety of floral, fruity, and refreshing summer cocktails for you to try this season. For something sweet, the Peach Mint Mule is an excellent choice. 

This cocktail combines vodka with peaches, mint leaves, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer in perfect proportions, making it just as wonderful to drink on its own or mixed into another beverage!


  • 2 Peach slices
  • 6 Mint leaves plus a sprig of fresh mint
  • .5 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • Ginger beer
  • 1.5 oz. Vodka

Steps to Make

  1. In a tall glass, mix together vodka and peach slices. Add the fresh mint leaves plus a sprig of fresh mint to the top of the drink.
  2. Pour in equal parts ginger beer and lime juice then stir well with ice. Garnish with additional blackberry and basil leaves then serve!
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6. Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan cocktails

The Cosmopolitan cocktail has been around for decades and is a favorite of many. It combines sweet, sour, salty flavors to create the perfect combination that tastes like sunshine on your lips every time you take one sip!


Steps to Make

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and then strain into an old-fashioned glass over fresh ice.
  3. Garnish with a slice of orange peel.

7. Madras

Madras cocktail

The tangy Madras drink is a delicious accompaniment to pizzas or cheese rolls. Made with an orange and cranberry, the beverage has its own unique taste that can be enjoyed at any time of day!


Steps to Make

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and then strain into an old-fashioned glass over fresh ice.
  3. Garnish with lime wedges.

8. Chocolate Martini

Chocolate Martini

If you're looking for a drink that's not too sweet or overpowering, the chocolate martini is perfect. Made with premium vodka and hazelnut liqueur, it creates an all-around smooth flavor experience without the lingering sweetness of some other cocktails on the menu. 

It tastes just like dessert! You don't even have to spend a whole day in the kitchen as the total time it takes to prepare the concoction is just a few minutes.


Steps to Make

  1. In a shaker with ice, combine vodka and chocolate liqueur.
  2. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds or until frost appears outside of the shaker. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with chocolate candy.
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9. Appletini


The appletini is a refreshing cocktail with vodka and apple liqueur. The ingredients are shaken together to create an icy-cold beverage often served in tall glasses on ice or over rocks. 

Top it off with pineapple juice if desired so you're getting all your fruit nutrients at once! Plus, the prep time for this drink doesn't take long.


Steps to Make

  1. In a shaker with ice, combine vodka and apple juice.
  2. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds or until frost appears outside of the shaker. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice.
  3. Add maple syrup and serve.

10. Screwdriver

Screwdriver cocktail

A screwdriver is a popular highball drink made with orange juice and vodka. It's easy to make too which makes serving very fast for your guests. 

Simply pour the ingredients' measurements into a glass over crushed ice, give it an initial stir before giving it another turn with your straw for added texture. 


Steps to Make

  1. Squeeze the juice from the orange and clementine. 
  2. Put a handful of ice cubes in a tall glass and pour over the vodka. Add in the fruit juices.
  3. Top with Angostura bitters.


Whether you’re looking for a simple drink or one with layers of flavor and complexity, there are plenty of cocktail recipes that can be made with vodka. 

We hope these 10 vodka recipe ideas have inspired you to create your own signature cocktails! Let us know which recipe you will try first!

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