Essential Vodka Cocktails Every Man Should Know How to Make

Vodka is, without a doubt, the ultimate versatile liquor. With virtually no distinguishable taste except that of a clean, clear alcohol, vodka mixes perfectly in countless cocktails — from sweet to savory to spicy.

Below, check out five essential cocktail recipes every vodka drinker should know like the back of his hand.

Vodka Martini

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  • 3 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth
  • Lemon twist or olives for garnish

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir to combine. Strain into chilled martini glass. To make it dirty, add a splash of olive brine. Garnish with a lemon twist or olives.

Moscow Mule

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  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Ginger Beer
  • .5 oz freshly squeezed Lime Juice

Add crushed ice to a copper mug and pour in vodka and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and give it a quick stir before serving.

Bloody Mary

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  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Tomato juice
  • 2 dashes hot sauce
  • 2 tsp horseradish
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch Ground black pepper
  • 1 Lemon Wedge
  • Celery Salt to rim glass

Rim a pint glass with celery salt until fully coated and fill with ice. In a shaker, squeeze the lemon and drop it in, and add the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared glass and garnish as your heart desires.

Vodka Gimlet

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  • 2 oz Vodka
  • ¾ oz Lime
  • ¾ oz Simple Syrup

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Cosmopolitan

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  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 1 dash Cranberry juice

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until the shaker is frosted over. Strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass.

Bonus: Caipirovska

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  • 2 oz Vodka
  • .5 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 lime cut into wedges

Muddle lime wedges in bottom of shaker. Add sugar syrup and vodka with ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass with fresh ice and serve.

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