5 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes To Mix At Home

VODKA COCKTAILS

Break open your favorite bottle of liquid courage, because while October fourth is National Vodka Day, you simply can’t go wrong with a vodka-based beverage any day of the year! If you haven’t messed with vodka since college, that’s understandable, but there are actually some pretty incredible vodka cocktail recipes that won’t remind you of sophomore year’s frat house. 

 

From classy to whimsical have some fun this National Vodka Day by trying a new vodka cocktail recipe. If you’re not sure you can pour yourself out a great cocktail, you can find the best vodka cocktails in West Seattle at Lady Jaye!

FRENCH 76

Want to start celebrating National Vodka Day a little early? Begin your morning with a bubbly concoction of your own making! It’s the international alternative to a tried-and-true mimosa! 

FRENCH 76 INGREDIENTS

  • 1 oz vodka
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup (2:1 sugar-water ratio, if making at home)
  • Good quality dry bubbles

FRENCH 76 DIRECTIONS

  • Pour all ingredients (except bubbles) into a shaker tin with ice
  • Shake and strain into a chilled flute
  • Top with quality bubbles of your choice

HOT TIP: Simple syrup can be bought in the store, but it’s simple to make at home. Dissolve 1 cup sugar into ½ cup boiling water, stir until the sugar is dissolved, and chill until ready to serve.

WHITE RUSSIAN - THE DUDE ABIDES

Are you more of a coffee drinker in the morning? Then, the best vodka cocktail for you might just be a White Russian. We find this bevvy best enjoyed while wearing your favorite robe and house slippers. 

WHITE RUSSIAN INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz quality coffee liqueur (we like to use Borghetti Espresso Liqueur here at Lady Jaye)
  • Splash of heavy cream

WHITE RUSSIAN DIRECTIONS

  • Pour vodka and coffee liqueur in a rocks glass
  • Fill glass with ice
  • Top with heavy cream
  • Use a bar spoon to stir the drink to perfection 
COSMOPOLITAN

This drink was made famous in the early ‘90s and moved away from the original recipe, but at its best, it’s a classic vodka sour and should be celebrated closer to its original recipe.

COSMOPOLITAN INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 oz quality vodka
  • .75 oz Cointreau (don’t skimp on this ingredient, it makes a huge difference!)
  • .75 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • .75 oz cranberry juice such as Ocean Spray

COSMOPOLITAN DIRECTIONS

  • Pour all ingredients into a shaker tin with ice
  • Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

HOT TIP: Its pink hue is the only garnish required.

VESPER MARTINI

Feeling like James Bond this National Vodka Day? Make yourself a Vesper Martini, “shaken, not stirred.” 

 

The way this drink was originally concocted in the James Bond novel called for over 4 ounces of alcohol, which is too much alcohol to expect to stay reasonably cold over the duration of imbibing so we’ve opted to lower the total ounces of alcohol. Don’t forget to garnish with a slick lemon twist and wear your best suit.

VESPER MARTINI INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz London dry gin (we love Sipsmith here at Lady Jaye)
  • .75 oz quality vodka
  • .25 oz Lillet or Cocchi Americano

HOT TIP: If you can get your hands on Kina L’ Aero by Tempus Fugit, this will get you closer to the original flavor as Lillet was much more bitter when this cocktail was invented.

VESPER MARTINI DIRECTIONS

  • Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass, stir for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.

HOT TIP:  In our opinion, this drink should be stirred, never shaken. These are delicate ingredients and you want to keep them silky smooth.

THE RU-PEAR

After trying one of those vodka cocktail recipes on your own, why not settle in for the evening at the most exciting bar west Seattle has to offer? At Lady Jaye, our mixology master certainly won’t disappoint on National Vodka Day. Ask for the Ru-Pear cocktail if you’re feeling loyal to the day’s theme. 

 

Mischief Vodka, lime, and Crème de Poire will make for quite a nightcap at the end of the evening. Invite your college buddies out, so you can reminisce about the good ol’ day days next to our outdoor fire pit, while drinking considerably better vodka than when you used to party together.

Don’t let this National Vodka Day pass you by! Challenge yourself by creating one of the vodka cocktail recipes listed above. You might even get a little wild and come up with your own twist on a classic. You simply can’t go wrong combining vodka with your favorite kind of juice. If cocktail concoction isn’t your strong suit, just come in for one of ours! You can even pair your cocktail with one of our smoky sides for a truly satisfying night. Nostrovia!

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