Vodka based Cocktails

For when you have to dilute some Little Water

A Nice Pear

"A Nice Pear" is merely a quirky and perhaps slightly naughty name for a straightforward cocktail.  It is effectively an apple and pear flavoured Neo-Martini.  This is not an especially complicated inspiration for creating a new cocktail.  But done well...

Pear and Blueberry Martini

The Pear and Blueberry Martini is a thick, even viscous Neo-Martini.  It is based on vanilla vodka, adding that peculiar vanilla sweetness to its fruity flavours.  This has to be carefully balanced to prevent it from dominating the drink. For a time I worked...

Thai Spice Martini

The Thai Spice Martini is hot.  As the name suggests, it is a Neo-Martini flavoured primarily with the kind of spicy ingredients you might expect to find in a Thai curry.  Chilies, ginger and lemongrass, as well as lychees.  As such I would only...

Harvey Wallbanger

The Harvey Wallbanger is another tall, classic vodka based cocktail.  It consists solely of vodka, orange juice and Galliano - a vanilla flavoured liqueur with an iconic bottle design.  As such some people like to classify it as being a variant on a...

Screwdriver

The Screwdriver is one of the simplest cocktails known.  Just vodka and orange juice.  Nothing more.  But in terms of impact on the cocktail world, the Screwdriver punched well above its weight.  Not only did it spawn a large number of variants,...

The Mule Family

The concept of a cocktail "family" is pretty arbitrary.  In some cases it represents a clear link between cocktails.  For example, a Watermelon Collins is simply a (Tom) Collins with the addition of watermelon.  In other cases the link is more...

Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule is an interesting drink well suited to this blog.  It's not particularly difficult to make.  But learning how it came to be is to open your mind to the history of cocktails.  How and why they came to be invented and...

Smoky Martini

The Smoky Martini is a mad little classic which mixes the best elements of a Dry Martini with a smoky Scotch whisky.  To many people (including myself) that sounds both overpowering and frankly revolting.  And it is certainly more of a niche cocktail than a crowd...

Dirty Martini

The Dirty Martini is the Martini Variant that takes the classic olive garnish of the Dry Martini and goes all in with it.  For those who enjoy the olive taste of their Martini, it is a winner.  And my own Very Dirty Martini even better.  However, for those, like...

Vesper Martini

Everyone knows that James Bond's drink of choice is a "Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred".  This iconic line has been repeated across the decades by every new actor to play the British secret agent.  But fewer people know that this was not his original drink of...

Caipirinha (and Caipirovska)

The Caipirinha is a simple yet excellent classic cocktail from Brasil.  Along with the Pisco Sour it is the second truly great cocktail originating in South America.  However, when researching this post I was amused to learn that it only officially became the national...

Lemon Drop

The Lemon Drop is a very interesting and unusual vodka based, lemon flavoured Neo-Martini.  It is unusual in that the actual recipe you use doesn't matter that much.  Instead what matters is that you adhere to the underlying philosophy of the drink.  So long as your...