Classic Cocktails With Vodka

Classic Cocktails With Vodka

Vodka holds a special place in the world of spirits. Its clear color and neutral flavor make it an incredibly versatile choice for creating refreshing and delicious cocktails. As a testament to its popularity, vodka has managed to stake its claim on the menu of every discerning mixologist around the world. Here at Vodka Doctors, we believe everyone should be familiar with the classic vodka cocktails that never go out of style. So, read on to discover our favorite timeless vodka-based drinks and how to make them. And, don't forget to share this post, join our newsletter, and explore other guides on Vodka Doctors to become a true vodka connoisseur.

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Alcohol Percentage: 40%

Taste Profile: Crisp, mild sweetness with a clean finish

Best Cocktail Pairing: Classic Cosmopolitan

Best Food Paring: Grilled chicken skewers

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Best Cocktail Pairing: Dutch Mule

Best Food Paring: Aged cheeses or Dutch herring

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1. The Classic Vodka Martini

The epitome of sophistication, the vodka martini was once a favorite of James Bond, and now it can be yours too. Crafted with elegance and simplicity, this drink is perfect for those who appreciate the finer things in life.


- 2 oz vodka

- 1/2 oz dry vermouth

- Green olives or lemon twist for garnish


Stir the vodka and vermouth together with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with either green olives or a lemon twist.

2. Bloody Mary

The quintessential brunch cocktail, the Bloody Mary has been curing hangovers and kickstarting Sundays for decades. With its savory, spicy, and acidic flavors, this cocktail is truly a meal in a glass.


- 2 oz vodka

- 4 oz tomato juice

- 1/2 oz lemon juice

- 1/2 oz Worcestershire sauce

- 1/4 tsp freshly grated horseradish (optional)

- 2 dashes Tabasco sauce

- Pinch of black pepper

- Pinch of smoked paprika

- Celery stalk and pimento-stuffed olives for garnish


Add all ingredients except garnish to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a celery stalk and a skewer of pimento-stuffed olives.

3. Moscow Mule

Invented in the 1940s, the Moscow Mule has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years, thanks in part to its iconic copper mug. The combination of tangy lime, spicy ginger, and smooth vodka make for a refreshing and invigorating drink.


- 2 oz vodka

- 1/2 oz lime juice

- Ginger beer

- Lime wheel for garnish


Fill a copper mug with ice. Add vodka and lime juice, then top with ginger beer. Give it a gentle stir and garnish with a lime wheel.

4. Screwdriver

As the story goes, the Screwdriver was famously created by American oil workers who stirred their orange juice and vodka with a screwdriver. Whether that's true or not, the Screwdriver has become a staple in the vodka cocktail world.


- 2 oz vodka

- 4 oz fresh orange juice

- Orange wheel for garnish


Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in vodka and orange juice, give it a gentle stir, and garnish with an orange wheel.

Now that you've learned the basics of these classic vodka cocktails, it's time to gather your ingredients and get mixing! These timeless favorites are perfect for special occasions, or simply for elevating your mixology skills. So whether you're hosting a fancy soiree or a quiet night in, let Vodka Doctors be your guide to making the perfect vodka cocktail. And don't forget to share this guide with your friends, subscribe to our newsletter, and explore all the other great content on Vodka Doctors. Cheers!


About Ferdynand Scheuerman

Ferdynand is Vodka importer, exporter and specialist with over 30 years of experience in the Vodka industry. He knows the subtle in's & out's of Vodka. Spending most of his time discovering new brands, new blends and new cocktails.

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