5 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes to Mix at Home

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For ages now, vodka has been king here in the U.S. (at least in sales). With a slew of different brands appealing to every demographic out there, it’s really hard to find a vodka that doesn’t fit your particular lifestyle and price point. Vodka’s popularity is due to the spirit’s malleability. Colorless and flavorless (we’re not going to talk about flavored or craft vodkas right now), vodka mixes well with just about everything. If you don’t like the taste of alcohol, but want to have the kick of it, vodka is a good starting point.

Below, you’ll find five classic vodka cocktail recipes that you need to know if you want to call yourself a home bartender (and to, coincidentally, celebrate National Vodka Day, which is October 3).

Bloody Mary

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  • 2 oz vodka
  • 5 oz tomato juice
  • 5 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 3 dashes hot sauce, such as Frank’s Red Hot
  • 2-3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 lime wedges
  • Lemon wedge
  • Celery salt
  • Black pepper
  • Celery stalk for garnish

Method: In a shaker, squeeze lemon and one lime wedge over ice. Add the other ingredients and shake well. Pour over ice in a tall glass and garnish with a celery stalk and a lime wedge. For extra flavor, float a few extra dashes of hot sauce on top.

The Cape Codder

cape codder cocktail
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 4 oz cranberry juice
  • 0.5 oz lime juice
  • lime wedge

Method: Add vodka and juices to a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Moscow Mule

  • 5 oz vodka
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • 0.25 oz lime juice
  • Lime wheel

Method: Add crushed ice to a copper mug, followed by vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. Stir and garnish with a lime wheel.

(Note: If you want a Moscow Mule on steroids, check out the Mega Mule.)

Salty Dog

salty dog cocktail
  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 3.5 oz grapefruit juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Lime wedge

Method: Pour kosher salt onto a plate. Moisten rim of glass with a split lime wedge, then gently coat rim with salt. Add ice, vodka, and grapefruit juice.

White Russian

  • 5 parts vodka
  • 2 parts coffee liqueur
  • 3 parts cream

Method: In an Old Fashioned glass, pour vodka and coffee liqueur over a large cube or ball of ice. Float cream on top and stir slowly.