Bartenders often overlook vodka as a serious cocktail ingredient due to it’s relatively neutral flavour profile but this very flavour profile allows flexibility when mixing. Vodka’s neutral taste allows it to be paired with a wide range of other flavours including sweet, sour, savoury and spicy – to name a few. Vodka is an approachable spirit – meaning drinkers that aren’t overly adventurous, that may not like herbaceous or bold bitter flavours will find vodka an easy and obvious choice when mixing.

I’ve compiled some of the most popular vodka cocktails in my most recent upload, 5 Quick and Easy Vodka Cocktails. Watch the video below or skip to each relevant cocktail below:

Appletini | Cosmopolitan | Caipiroska

White Russian | Sea Breeze

Appletini Cocktail Recipe

How to make a Appletini with Maple Syrup

There are numerous variations on the Appletini recipe such as our previously shared Appletini recipe which makes for a citrusy, zesty Appletini.

This version of the Appletini utilises cloudy apple juice that has a crisp and wholesome apple flavour which is also full of antioxidants unlike clear apple juice. The apple flavour works hand in hand with the rich tasting maple syrup.


  • 45mL Vodka
  • 45mL Cloudy Apple Juice
  • 5mL Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 5mL Maple Syrup


  1. Combine all ingredients to your cocktail shaker
  2. Shake with ice
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with an apple fan

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

How to make a Cosmopolitan

Made infamous from the TV series Sex in the City but this cocktail has been around long before, dating back to the 70s. It is quite similar to a Cranberry Cooler with the addition of Cointreau and served neat instead of tall on ice. It also bears a close resemblance to a Kamikaze cocktail.



  1. Fill a boston glass with ice
  2. Add all the ingredients
  3. Shake & strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a slice of lime or flame an orange zest

Caipiroska Cocktail Recipe

How to make a Caipiroska

Make sure you use plenty of ice, the right dilution makes this cocktail a winner!


  • 60mL Vodka
  • Half a lime
  • Sugar


  1. Cut the lime into eighths and add to a boston glass
  2. Add two heaped teaspoons of brown sugar
  3. Muddle ingredients
  4. Fill remainder of boston glass with ice and add the vodka
  5. Shake and pour into a large rocks glass
  6. Heap with crushed ice

White Russian Recipe

How to make a White Russian


  • 45mL Vodka
  • 45mL Kahlua
  • 30mL Milk or Cream


  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice
  2. Add vodka & coffee liqueur
  3. Slowly add the milk or cream depending on preference


If using milk rather than cream to add to your White Russian, shake milk first for a light, frothy drink.

Sea Breeze Cocktail

How to make a Sea Breeze

The Sea Breeze cocktail is a simple, vodka mixed drink. A good measure of vodka is mixed with tart cranberry juice and subtly bitter fresh grapefruit juice. Shake and strain over fresh ice or if you're in a rush, simply build it within your collins glass.

A slightly tart yet refreshing vodka cocktail for summer sipping!


  • 60mL Vodka (2 oz)
  • 90mL Cranberry Juice (3 oz)
  • 60mL Grapefruit Juice (2 oz)


  1. Combine all ingredients to your cocktail shaker
  2. Shake with ice
  3. Strain over fresh ice into a collins glass
  4. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit

What is your favourite vodka cocktail? Comment below…

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