Vodka is a wallflower, with a kick. It’s the actor who never steals the spotlight but always makes other performers shine. Clear and odorless as bottled water, vodka has little distinctive flavor of its own. But mixed into cocktails, it works magic, elevating the flavors of other ingredients.
A Few of Our Favorite Vodka Martinis
With the exception of the more classic-minded Dirty Martini, these recipes dare to be different. They toss dry vermouth overboard, and add a splash of the unexpected.
Our Favorite Vodka Cocktails
These cocktails range from the classic (Bloody Mary, anyone?) to the slightly subversive (Champagne and pickled ginger!).
Care to drink your dessert? Try these sinfully sweet vodka martinis.
- Pumpkin Pie Martini
- Strawberry Cheesecake Martini
- Boston Creme Pie Martini
- Tiramisu Martini
- Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini
- Espresso Martini
Flavored Vodka Cocktails
Vodka also comes infused with all manner of tasty essences, from berries and citrus to spices and chocolate. These are a few of our favorites.
D.I.Y. Vodka Infusions
Tom Petty said it: “The waiting is the hardest part.” True, these recipes take some time. But if you’re enthused about infused vodkas, making your own liqueurs is a fun and flavorful way to go. Try ’em–you won’t be sorry.
Party Shots! Juiced on Jell-O®
For those of us who like our booze but are trying to cut back on liquids, there will always be Jell-O® shots! But be careful! These pack a wiggly, jiggly little wallop.
In lieu of caviar from the Caspian, try these top-rated recipes with your vodka cocktails.
- Stuffed Mushrooms Casino
- Smoked Salmon Spread
- Dorsey’s Fish & Oyster House Crab Cakes
- Sweet and Sour Pickled Beets
- Buckwheat Blinis
- Scalloped Oysters I
Eat Your Vodka
These recipes call for a splash or two of vodka.
- Penne and Vodka Sauce
- Smoked Salmon Vodka Cream Sauce
- Pineapple Steak Stir Fry
- BBQ Meatballs
- Vodka Rigatoni
The Spot for Food and Drink
See Sips Central, our friendly guide for pairing food with beer, wine, and cocktails.
Don’t Forget the Ice!
It’s often overlooked. But the best tasting cocktails use fresh ice made from pure, filtered water. “Fresh” means the cubes haven’t been sitting around for weeks in the freezer soaking up the stale, flavor essences of long-lingering foods. Bring the water to a quick boil for best results. Make it the morning of the day you plan to mix your cocktails, and you’ll enjoy the freshest, most delicious cocktails.