25 Vodka Cocktails You'll Want to Make Again and Again
Vodka is essential to a well-stocked home bar. The smooth, easy-to-quaff liquor plays well in classic drinks like martinis and vodka tonics, as well as more elaborate newfangled cocktails. Here, our favorite vodka cocktail recipes that would be welcome at any happy hour.
A muddler is key to extracting the flavors and fragrant oils of ginger and mint in this refreshing cocktail, but you can use the end of a wooden spoon in a pinch.
Pop Rocks Cosmopolitan
A fruity cocktail rimmed with crackling, explosive Pop Rocks candy is a genius way to surprise your guests on April Fool's Day. But don't limit this playful twist to once a year! The pairing is too good not to revisit.
Spiked Elderflower Lemonade
The gin-based liqueur Pimm's No. 1, vodka, and grapefruit soda are all you need to stir up our take on the traditional cocktail. Serve with cucumber spears.
White Nixon Cocktails
This elegant drink gets its name from White Nixon tea, which includes white tea and French lavender. Here, we've paired it with vodka, fresh grapefruit juice, and ginger liqueur.
The trifecta of vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer in this classic cocktail doesn't get old, especially if it's served in a festive copper mug. Try turning it into a Melon Mule with cantaloupe- and mint-infused vodka in the summertime or jazz it up with homemade cranberry syrup for a holiday party-ready Cranberry Mule.
New Year's Eve Sparkler
How stunning is this ombre cocktail? Even better, you only need four ingredients -- cranberries, vodka, sugar, and champagne -- to create the effect.
Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktails
A little simple syrup balances out the tartness of the pomegranate juice in this vodka and sparkling wine cocktail.
The raspberry liqueur Chambord is what makes this cocktail "French." It's teamed with vodka, pineapple juice, and a lemon twist.
We like to think of this recipe as a boozy smoothie. And since summertime livin' should be easy, we keep it to just five ingredients -- vodka, agave nectar, frozen peaches, peach nectar, and fresh mint. Whip up a batch of our Blueberry-and-Tarragon Frappes while you're at it!
We love the contrast between rich, dark amontillado sherry and citrusy, aromatic Lillet Blanc in this vodka cocktail.
It couldn't be easier to make this adults-only treat! Simply blend frozen watermelon and spike with vodka and Prosecco.
Vin D'Orange Punch
Vodka joins rose wine, ginger ale, a bunch of spices (vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves), and three different kinds of citrus (lemons, blood oranges, and navels) in this vibrant, boldly flavored punch.
Basil Gimlet Fizz
The piece de resistance in this cocktail made with muddled basil, lime juice, vodka, and seltzer? Frozen watermelon cubes that stand in for ice!
Your guests will love having their after-dinner coffees spiked with a little vodka and gilded with chocolate and whipped cream.
Coconut-Water Vodka Cocktail
Rosemary Vodka Tonics
Homemade rosemary simple syrup and a touch of green chartreuse take ordinary vodka tonics to new heights.
Cucumber Cape Codder
Elevate the classic cranberry-vodka cocktail by throwing some fresh lime juice and homemade cucumber syrup into the mix. It's just the thing for a summer soiree.
A couple teaspoons of simple syrup are all you need to offset the slight bitterness of grapefruit in this simple, crowd-pleasing cocktail.
Mint, Cucumber, and Vodka Cocktails
The bright tang of lime juice and the orange-flavored liquor Cointreau make this cucumber-and-mint drink even more refreshing.