Vodka Cocktails

Bloody Mary

Vodka Lemonade

Mule

Southern Gentlemen

Cape Cod


Bloody Mary

The quintessential breakfast cocktail, perfect to begin a day of drinking to to follow a day of drinking.  This cocktail is likely the most identifiable of all cocktails.  Generally served in a tall glass , the dark red seasoned tomato juice is unmistakable.  Today, you are unlikely to find one at a bar or restraunt that is not overflowing with garnishes.  This version is a bit more traditional, but the sky is the limit with garnishes.

2 oz Vodka
4 Dashes Worcestershire
2-3 Dashes Hot Sauce
1-2 Tbl. Prepared Horseradish
4-6 oz Tomato Juice
Lemon Quarter

In a tall glass filed with ice, add vodka, Worcestershire, hot sauce, horseradish and top with tomato juice.  Squeeze and drop a lemon quarter.  Stir.  Garnish with celery, beef jerky, bacon, olives, pickles, or just about anything else your heart can imagine.  If you love pickles, consider adding about 2 oz pickle juice prior to topping with tomato juice.  Or, mix up your vodka with gin, bourbon or tequila.  Or try Clamato instead of tomato juice for a Bloody Caesar (garnished with lemon, lime and shrimp).


Vodka Lemonade

A traditional cocktail without a famous name.  This drink is simple, refreshing and pleasing to just about any drinker's taste buds.

2 oz. Vodka
1.5 oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
4-6 oz Lemon-Lime Soda

Fill a highball with ice.  Add vodka, freshly squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup, and top with lemon-lime soda.  Stir.  Rim glass and garnish with a lemon peel.  Gin makes a great substitution for vodka (gin is, essentially, just flavored vodka), as does a light blanco tequila.



Vodka Mule

A cocktail clearly identifiable by its cup, the Vodka Mule has seen a resurgence in the past few years.  Originally invented in the 1940's, this cocktail has not changed much over the decades.  It consists of simply ice (usually crushed), lime juice, vodka, and ginger beer.

2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
3 Heavy Dashes Angostura Bitters
Ginger Beer

In a cooper mug (or low ball), fill half-way with crushed ice.  Add Vodka, lime juice, bitter and stir.  Top with crushed ice and fill with ginger beer.   If you feel very brave, experiment by replacing the vodka with un-aged or barely aged whiskey, rum or even white tequila.



Southern Gentlemen

1.5 oz Vodka
.25 oz Peach Schnapps
.25 Lime Juice
3 dashes Orange Bitters
Lemon-Lime Soda

In a lowball glass, stir vodka, peach schnapps, lime juice and orange bitters over ice.  Top with lemon-lime soda and stir.  Rim glass with an orange swath.


Cape Cod

A cocktail dating back to the 1940's, but with a name dating only to the 1960's.  Either way, the drink traces it's name to it's namesake origin - Cape Cod, Massachusetts.   This cocktail is light enough for spring and summer, but hearty enough for Winter.

1.5 oz Vodka
4 oz Cranberry Juice
Lime Quarter

In a lowball with ice, add vodka and add cranberry juice.  Stir. Squeeze a lime quarter and serve.  Add some winter flare to this cocktail by making a winter spiced Vodka.