Easy Vodka
Drink Recipes

 

Vodka is probably the most versatile of spirits so it's not surprising that there are plenty of easy vodka drink recipes to try. Vodka has little flavor by itself so it mixes very agreeable he was any number of other ingredients.

 

Probably the easiest drink recipe is a highball. Although the phrase "highball" is a little old-fashioned it's a useful concept. It basically refers to a shot of booze in a carbonated mixer.

 

For example, a  7&7 (Seagram’s 7 and Seven-Up) and a Rum and Coke are both highballs.

 

To mix a vodka highball, simply fill a glass with ice, add 1 to 2 ounces vodka, and top off with the sparkling mixer of your choice. Personally, I prefer citrus-based mixers such as lemon lime or grapefruit soda. However, you can use cola, tonic or any carbonated beverage that appeals to you.

 

Even though this drink is simple, you do want pay attention to a few details for the most enjoyment. The main one is to serve the drink in a talk, relatively narrow glass. This is visually appealing but the more important reason is that it also allows the carbonation to last longer.

 

Also, don't over stir the drink. It's not necessary because the carbonation bubbles will do some of the mixing for you while stirring too vigorously will (again) cause the drink to go flat.

 

If at all possible, adding a garnish such as a wedge of lime or a slice of orange adds greatly to the appeal of a simple highball. The appropriate garnish varies with the ingredients in the drink, but most any is an improvement over none.

 

A variation on the highball theme is mixing fruit juice with vodka. It's the same basic plan: a tall glass filled with ice, a shot or so of vodka and the juice of your choice.

 

Some juice-and-vodka combo's are such staples of bar craft that they have their own name. A Screwdriver is vodka and orange juice. A Bloody Mary is basically tomato juice and vodka with spices and flavorings. If you don't have the Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, etc. available you can make do with just vodka and tomato juice. Pretty simple.

 

One of my favorite summertime vodka cocktails is a Seabreeze, which (if you have the ingredients on hand) certainly qualifies as an easy vodka recipe.

 

Again: begin with a tall narrow glass, fill it with ice, then add 2 ounces of vodka 4 ounces of cranberry juice and 1 ounce of grapefruit juice. The acidity of the grapefruit juice in combination with the vodka cuts the sweetness of the cranberry juice quite nicely. I think you'll find it's quite refreshing on a warm day. I love watching the sun set with one in hand.

 

Another easy vodka drink recipe is a combination of those two ideas. Mix some vodka and fruit juice in an ice filled glass, then top it off with club soda.

 

You can add quite a bit of your own creativity to these basic recipes. As you acquire more ingredients such as bitters or Grenadine syrup in your home bar, you'll find yourself readily improving on these introductory recipes.

 

For example, a dollop of Grenadine into a mixture of tequila and orange juice creates a Tequila Sunrise. There's no reason you can't make a similar drink with vodka.

 

While club soda and vodka alone are exceedingly bland, I at times enjoy that combination provided I add a couple of drops of bitters and a good squeeze of lime.

 

So get some experience with the basic combinations, develop your own taste and experiment from there. Have fun, but remember to stay responsible.