At a party, what’s the one thing everyone needs? Alcohol. And no matter if it’s a college house party or an office gathering, vodka is usually the primary alcohol of choice because it’s so versatile and goes with anything. To help you navigate your way through this vast world of vodka-based drinks, we have compiled for you our five favorite drinks to please every palate: The Moscow Mule, the Bloody Mary, the White Russian, the Screwdriver, and Margarita! Enjoy!
What is a vodka
First, let’s talk about vodka, Vodka is a versatile spirit that can be used to make some delicious and unique cocktails.
A Brief History & Explanation Vodka is an alcoholic drink made from distilling cereal grains such as barley or corn. It has been produced in Russia since at least 1386 when it was mentioned in Pskov statutes. By 1478 Ivan III had declared it an official state drink which gave rise to its international name. The word “voda” means water in many Slavic languages and therefore vodka’s literal translation is “little water”.
The production of vodka in Russia grew steadily throughout the late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period. By the 18th century, vodka had become an important drink in Russian society and was consumed by all social classes. In 1863, Dmitry Mendeleev developed the first chemical formula for vodka. He also created a standard system of vodka production that is still used today.
Russian vodka is usually made from wheat, rye, or barley malt, and often contains additives such as sugar, milk proteins, gelling agents, and flavorings. However, many other types of vodka are available on the market, including potato vodka, grape vodka, and even vegan vodka.
Now that you know a bit more about vodka, let’s move on to some of the best vodka cocktails out there!
The Moscow Mule
The Moscow Mule was created in 1941 by John G. Martin, president of the Smirnoff Vodka company, and Jack Morgan, owner of the Cock ‘n’ Bull pub in Hollywood. Legend has it that one day Martin and Morgan were discussing how to popularize vodka in the United States, and Morgan said “I don’t know how you’re going to sell vodka in this country when the only thing people drink is whiskey.” Martin then came up with the idea to mix vodka with ginger beer, which was a popular drink in England at the time and called it the Moscow Mule. The drink was an instant hit and quickly became one of the most popular cocktails in America.
The Moscow Mule is a classic vodka cocktail that is made with ginger beer, lime juice, and vodka. It is refreshing and delicious, and perfect for a summer party!
To make a Moscow Mule, you will need:
1.5 oz vodka
.5 oz lime juice
Fill a copper mug or glass with ice.
Add the vodka and lime juice.
Top with ginger beer.
Garnish with a lime wedge if desired.
the Bloody Mary
The Bloody Mary is a classic vodka cocktail that is perfect for brunch or parties. It is made with vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco sauce, and can be garnished with a variety of items such as celery, olives, or bacon. The Bloody Mary is a flavorful and spicy drink that is sure to please your guests!
To make a bloody mary you’ll need:
1 1/2 ounces vodka
3 ounces tomato juice
1 teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
celery, olives, or bacon for garnish (optional)
In a shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco sauce.
Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice.
Garnish with celery, olives, or bacon, if desired.
the White Russian
The White Russian is a cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream, and is often served with ice cream or whipped cream. It was created in the early 1920s by a bartender named Harry Craddock at the Savoy Hotel in London. The drink was originally called the Black Russian, but it was later renamed to avoid confusion with another drink also called the Black Russian. This drink is perfect for those who love coffee and vodka!
To make a white russian you’ll need:
2 oz vodka
1 oz coffee liqueur
1 oz cream
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
The Screwdriver is a classic cocktail made with vodka and orange juice. It’s believed to have been invented in the early 1960s by Omar Khayyam, an American bartender working in Turkey. The drink became popular in the United States in the 1970s and remains a favorite today.
The Screwdriver is a classic cocktail that is sure to please your guests. It is made with vodka and orange juice and is refreshing and delicious.
To make the Screwdriver you’ll need:
1 1/2 oz vodka
3/4 oz orange juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Enjoy!
The Margarita is a cocktail that was created in 1938 by Margarita Sames. She was a socialite and ambassador from Mexico to the United States. The drink is made with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice, and is typically served with a salt-rimmed glass.
The Margarita is a classic cocktail that is always a hit at parties! It’s simple to make and can be tailored to your liking by adjusting the ingredients.
To make a Margarita, you’ll need:
2 ounces of vodka
1 ounce of triple sec
1 ounce of lime juice
Salt for the rim of the glass
Rim a glass with salt.
In a shaker, combine vodka, triple sec, and lime juice. Shake well.
Pour the mixture into the glass.
If you’re looking for a drink to serve to your friends at your next party, be sure to consider a delicious vodka. Vodka is perfect for making refreshing cocktails that are delicious and easy to make! I hope you enjoyed reading this article and find it useful. Please, drink responsibly, and NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE! Which of these drinks have you tried?