Break open your favorite bottle of liquid courage, because October fourth is National Vodka Day! 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 any bar West Seattle has to offer at Lady Jaye.
1. The Bloody Mary
Want to start celebrating National Vodka Day a little early? Begin your morning with a Bloody Mary of your own making! Grab a pint glass, fill it with ice, and roll the rim in celery salt after prepping it with a lemon or lime wedge. Open up your shaker and add lemon or lime juice along with vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, Tabasco, Worcestershire, black pepper and paprika as well as a touch more celery salt. Give it a shake and garnish with celery stalk and green olives if you want to feel fancy.
2. The Espresso Martini
Are you more of a coffee drinker in the morning? Then, the best vodka cocktail for you might just be an Espresso Martini. Pull two fresh espresso shots from your at-home espresso maker and combine them with vodka, coffee liquor and simple syrup. Shake and strain into your favorite coup class. While you’re at it, garnish your cocktail with a few coffee beans to create a coffee lover’s dream.
3. A Cape Codder
Crazy about cranberries? You’ll adore the cape codder vodka cocktail recipe. Also known as a vodka cranberry, you start out with a glass of ice and simply pour vodka and cranberry juice together. Squeeze half a lime in before stirring it up. You could garnish with just a lime, but why stop there? Add a few cranberries for extra style points.
4. Vesper Martini
Feeling like James Bond this National Vodka Day? Make yourself a Vesper Martini, “shaken, not stirred.” Take one ounce of vodka, three ounces of gin and half an ounce of Lillet blanc aperitif, combine and strain. Don’t forget to garnish with a slick lemon twist and wear your best suit.
5. The Blue Lagoon
Want to make an instagramable vodka cocktail recipe? Try your hand at a Blue Lagoon. This beautiful blue cocktail requires you to have vodka—or course—Blue Curaçao, simple syrup, and lemon juice on hand. Shake all of the ingredients together and strain. To make this vodka drink look like your favorite vacation picture feels, add a lemon wedge.
The Ru-Pear Cocktail
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!