Planning your next house party? If you are a big fan of vodka (who isn’t, right?), there are a ton of amazing cocktails you can mix to impress your guests. Vodka, with its subtle taste, is the perfect base for cocktails, lending its flavour to a range of different kinds of mixes. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best vodka-based cocktails out there so you can choose which to make at your next special occasion, according to your preference and availability of ingredients. But there’s no need to wait for a party to try out these fabulous drinks; most are simple enough to make on a quiet evening in as well – a perfect pick-me-up after a long day at work. 

1. Kamikaze

What you need

  • 60 ml vodka
  • 30 ml fresh lime juice
  • 30 ml triple sec

How to make

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice to the brim
  • Pour vodka, lime juice, and triple sec into the cocktail shaker
  • Shake vigorously until the outside of shaker is frosty
  • Strain cocktail through a strainer or a slotted spoon into glasses

2. Cosmopolitan

What you need

  • 60 ml of vodka
  • 30 ml cranberry juice cocktail
  • 30 ml of lime juice
  • 30 ml triple sec
  • An orange twist for garnish

How to make

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Pour vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and triple sec into the cocktail shaker
  • Shake vigorously until the outside of shaker is very cold
  • Strain cocktail through a cocktail strainer or a slotted spoon into glasses

3. Q-Cumber

What you need

  • 60 ml cucumber-lime vodka
  • 60 ml tonic water
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Lime wheel for garnish

How to make

  • Pour cucumber-lime vodka into a glass filled with ice
  • Add tonic water and a squeeze of lime to taste, then garnish with a lime wheel

4. Vodka Sour

What you need

  • 60 ml vodka
  • 30 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 30 ml simple syrup

How to make

  • Combine all ingredients over ice in a shaker
  • Shake vigorously till the shaker gets icy cold
  • Strain over fresh ice

5. Golden Roots

What you need

  • 60 ml  vodka
  • 30 ml tonic water
  • 30 ml pineapple juice
  • 50 ml lime juice
  • Mint sprig and cucumber wheel for garnish

How to make

  • Combine ingredients in shaker and shake well
  • Pour into a collins glass with ice
  • Garnish with mint sprig and cucumber wheel

6. Cran-Mosa

What you need

  • 60 ml sparkling wine
  • 60 ml cranberry vodka
  • 60 ml  orange juice

How to make

  • Fill a champagne flute up about halfway with vodka
  • Add wine and orange juice
  • Give it a good stir and serve chilled

7. Appletini

What you need

  • 50 ml vodka
  • 50 ml apple juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Slice of apple for garnish

How to make

  • Shake vodka, apple juice, lemon juice and maple syrup in an ice-filled shaker until the outside of the shaker feels very cold
  • Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of apple

8. Bloody Mary

What you need

  • 125 ml tomato juice
  • 50 ml vodka
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 25 ml sweet sherry
  •  ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Few drops of hot sauce
  • Salt, pepper, celery salt
  • Celery stick for garnish

How to make

  • Put a handful of ice into a large cocktail shaker
  • Pour tomato juice, vodka, lemon juice, and sweet sherry into the shaker then add a dash of Worcestershire sauce, a few drops of hot sauce and a pinch each of salt, black pepper and celery salt
  • Shake hard then strain into a tall glass with ice
  • Garnish with a celery stick

9. Bloody Caesar

What you need

  • 120 ml tomato juice.
  • 60 ml  vodka
  • Prepared horseradish to taste

How to make

  • Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice
  • Shake lightly to chill
  • Strain into a tall glass and serve

10. Spicy Grapefruit Punch

What you need

  • 120 ml grapefruit soda
  • 60 ml vodka
  • Sliced spicy chilies to taste

How to make

  • Muddle chilies in the bottom of a glass
  • Top with ice, vodka and grapefruit soda
  • Stir gently and serve

11. Caipirovska

What you need

  • 2 tsp golden granulated sugar
  • 1 lime
  • 50 ml vodka

How to make

  • Cut lime into small chunks and place at the bottom of a tumbler
  • Add golden granulated sugar
  • Crush well with a muddler
  • Top up tumbler with crushed ice and add vodka
  • Stir well to mix all of the ingredients together and serve

12. White Russian

What you need

  •  50 ml vodka
  •  25 ml coffee liqueur
  • 1 tbsp single cream

How to make

  • Pour vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream into a tumbler filled with ice
  • Stir gently and serve

13. Lemon Drop

What you need

  • 1 tbsp white caster sugar
  • Grated zest of ½ lemon
  • 50 ml vodka
  • 25 ml triple sec
  • 25 ml lemon juice

How to make

  • Freeze a martini glass
  • Mix caster sugar with the finely grated zest of ½ lemon & set aside
  • Pour vodka into a cocktail shaker and add triple sec, lemon juice and a handful of ice
  • Shake really well until the outside of the shaker feels cold. Dip the rim of the chilled glass in water, shake off the excess then dip into the sugar and zest mix
  • Strain the contents of the shaker into your prepared glass and serve

14. Sea Breeze

What you need

  •  50 ml vodka
  • 100 ml cranberry juice
  • 50 ml grapefruit juice
  • Lime slice to garnish

How to make

  • Half-fill a tall glass with ice then pour in vodka, cranberry juice and grapefruit juice
  • Stir gently until the outside of the glass feels cold
  • Garnish with a thin slice of lime

15. Woo Woo

What you need

  • 50ml vodka
  • 25 ml peach schnapps
  • 100ml cranberry juice
  • Lime juice
  • Slice of lime to garnish

How to make

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and a few drops fresh lime juice
  • Shake really well then strain into a tumbler with extra ice
  • Garnish with a wedge of lime

16. Moscow Mule

What you need

  • 50 ml vodka
  • Crushed Ice
  • Ginger beer
  • Ginger bitters
  • Slice of lime and mint sprig for garnish

How to make

  • Pour vodka into a metal mug, julep tin or tumbler
  • Load up ¾ full with crushed ice then fill to the top with ginger beer
  • Stir gently to combine
  • Add a few dashes of ginger bitters, a slice of lime and a sprig of mint to serve

17. Spiced Cider

What you need

  • 60 ml hot apple cider
  • 30 ml cinnamon tea
  • 60 ml vodka

How to make

  • Combine ingredients in a mug and stir
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon powder (optional)

18. Sweet & Spicy

What you need

  • 60 ml vodka
  • Black pepper (about 2 turns of a mill set to coarse)
  • 1 teaspoon honey

How to make

  • Add honey to the bottom of a rocks glass and top with one large ice cube
  • Pour the vodka over the ice and use a grinder to coarsely crack a few peppercorns into the glass
  • No need to stir, just sip

19. Blue Royale

What you need

  • 60 ml blue raspberry vodka
  • 30 ml blue curacao
  • 30 ml sparkling wine
  • A slice of lime.

How to make

  • Pour ingredients in a chilled champagne flute
  • Garnish with a lemon curl
  • Stir and enjoy

20. Creamsicle

What you need

  • 120 ml cream soda
  • 60 ml vodka
  • 10 dashes bitters, such as Angostura Bitters

How to make

  • Pour cream soda and vodka over ice in a tall glass
  • Add a dash of bitters
  • Stir gently to combine and serve
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