Strong Vodka Cocktails

Strong Vodka Cocktails

Are you ready to take your vodka game to the next level with some seriously strong cocktails? If so, you've landed in the best place. Here at Vodka Doctors, we're all about providing the ultimate guide to everything vodka related. And in this post, we're serving up some of the most potent vodka cocktails that will surely unleash your spirits and leave a lasting impression on your taste buds. So strap on your mixologist cape, gather your ingredients and let's dive into the world of unapologetically strong vodka cocktails.

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Vodka cocktails can range from light and fruity to incredibly strong and spirit-forward. The key to making a truly potent vodka cocktail is finding the right balance between the various ingredients that enhance vodka's natural character while still letting it take center stage. With that in mind, we've handpicked three strong vodka cocktails that perfectly embody this balance—one time-honored classic and two modern twists, for the adventurous at heart.

1. Long Island Iced Tea

For those who like their cocktails strong and wildly potent, a well-made Long Island Iced Tea is the way to go. This infamous libation actually contains multiple spirits apart from vodka like gin, tequila, rum, and triple sec, mixed with just a hint of cola to give it its tea-like appearance.


- 1 oz vodka

- 1 oz gin

- 1 oz white rum

- 1 oz silver tequila

- 1 oz triple sec

- 1 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

- 1 oz simple syrup

- Splash of cola

- Lemon wedge for garnish


1. In a shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup.

2. Shake vigorously until well chilled and combined.

3. Strain the mixture into a tall glass filled with ice.

4. Top with a splash of cola and garnish with a lemon wedge.

2. Vodka Espresso Martini

The Vodka Espresso Martini is a modern twist on the classic Martini, with the additional kick of freshly brewed espresso. This cocktail is perfect for those who love the rich, bold flavors of coffee and seek a drink that combines that passion with the fortitude of vodka.


- 2 oz vodka

- 1/2 oz coffee liqueur

- 1 oz freshly brewed espresso, cooled

- Coffee beans for garnish


1. In a shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, coffee liqueur, and espresso.

2. Shake vigorously until well chilled and combined.

3. Strain the mixture into a chilled Martini glass.

4. Garnish with coffee beans.

3. Madras Mule

The Madras Mule is an invigorating blend of crisp vodka, zesty citrus and fiery ginger that will leave your mouth tingling with satisfaction. This bold twist on the traditional Moscow Mule brings an extra element of potency, while still being incredibly refreshing.


- 2 oz vodka

- 1 oz fresh orange juice

- 1 oz fresh cranberry juice

- Ginger beer

- Orange slice and fresh cranberries for garnish


1. Fill a copper mug or highball glass with ice.

2. Add vodka, orange juice, and cranberry juice.

3. Stir gently to combine.

4. Top with ginger beer and garnish with an orange slice and fresh cranberries.

So there you have it – three strong vodka cocktails that are guaranteed to pack a punch and impress your friends at your next gathering. Whether you prefer the classic strength of the Long Island Iced Tea or the bittersweet balance of a Vodka Espresso Martini, these drinks are sure to leave a lasting impression. And for true flavor and spice lovers, it's hard to go wrong with the Madras Mule.

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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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