Vodka recipes can be used to make some stunning cocktails. These recipes are not only flavorful but are also very easy to make. Be it a light drink or a head banger, by learning some classic vodka recipes you can give your home bar a professional feel and bring out the dormant bartender in yourself. To make some stunning vodka based cocktails you need to arm yourself with some basic bar supplies such as a cocktail shaker, a strainer, a couple of stirrers, ice tongs etc. Get a few cocktail glasses in place along with a few mixes and you can get started on your bartending mission.
To begin your vodka cocktail repertoire you should begin with perfecting the art of making a classic vodka martini. To make a vodka martini you will need half a cup of any premium vodka and a dash of dry vermouth. You need to make sure that your vodka is very chilled, harboring on frozen. Put the vodka and the vermouth in a cocktail shaker and add some ice to it. Then give this mix a good shake, strain and then serve in a martini glass with a twist of lime. Once you have learnt to make a vodka martini, you can try out other flavorful variations such as an apple martini, chocolate martini, Vesper martini etc.
The apple martini is a great spin off of the classic martini. It draws its sweet and sour flavor from the apple ingredients and gives a bite of the vodka. To make this vodka recipe you will need one ounce of green apple schnapps and two ounces of premium vodka. The quality of the vodka will make all the difference in these recipes. Put these two ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add some ice to it. Give this mix a good shake till the outside of the shaker begins to frost. Strain and serve in a martini glass decorated with a green apple wedge.
Another great vodka recipe is the Campari Cocktail. This drink infuses vodka with the Italian aperitif Campari and some bitters. You need to make sure that you use a super premium vodka to make this drink as using an average quality vodka can ruin this recipe. To make a Campari cocktail you will need three fourth of an ounce of vodka, one ounce of Campari, a single dash of Angostura bitters and a lime twist to garnish the drink. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and pour all the ingredients one at a time over the ice. Shake these ingredients well so that all the flavors blend together and the ice cools the drink. Strain and then serve garnished with the lime twist in a cocktail glass that has been chilled.
The Black Russian is one of the vodka recipes that every bartender, whether professional or otherwise should perfect. This is a very simple drink and uses one and three fourth ounces of vodka and three fourth of an ounce of coffee liqueur. These two ingredients need to be built into an old fashioned glass that has been filled with ice, stirred and then served.