The Top 17 Vodka Cocktails

By Sina Torner / Last updated on November 27, 2023

From Cosmopolitan to Lavender Lemon Drop Martini, here's an overview of the best Vodka Cocktail classic and contemporary creations to try in 2023.
Vodka Cocktails

With its neutral flavor and an alcohol content of 70 - 80 proof, Vodka is extremely versatile. Thus, Vodka Cocktails come in all kinds of compositions and flavors. From all-time classics to crazy blends like Bloody Mary, there's a cocktail for everyone.

Here's an overview of the best Vodka Cocktails to make at home.

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Vodka classics

Four Vodka Drinks everybody who has set foot in a cocktail bar -and even does who never did- have heard of.

Cosmopolitan Vodka Cocktail

Cosmopolitan Cocktail

The Cosmopolitan is one of the best-known Vodka cocktails and is closely tied with New York and, for many, also to the 90s TV show Sex and the City. Its age perhaps does not justify the title "classic"; its image certainly does.

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Skinny Bitch Vodka Soda

Skinny Bitch

Not a classy name, but a classic combination nevertheless - You can never go wrong with a Vodka-Soda balanced with a bit of freshly squeezed lime juice.

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Moscow Mule Vodka Cocktail

Moscow Mule

This spicy Vodka cocktail made with Ginger Beer was invented in 1941 and famously served in an iconic copper mug.

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Bloody Mary Vodka Cocktail

Bloody Mary

The cocktail made with tomato juice and spicy and savory sauces like Tabasco and Worchestershire has been polarizing cocktail drinkers for almost a century. Time to test it yourself.

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Fancy Bloody Mary twists

Martini-style Vodka Cocktails

Apart from the glass, Martinis made with Vodka often have little in common with the original Dry Martini based on Gin. Instead, many are known to be dangerously easy to drink.

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

This Martini-style drink has quickly turned into one of the most popular drinks in cocktails bars. It's an absolute crowd-pleaser. Weirdly enough, also for those who don't usually drink coffee.

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Delicious Espresso Martini Twists

Lemon Drop Vodka Cocktail

Lemon Drop Martini

As you can tell from the name, this Martini variation is quite lemon-forward. It's a mix of Triple Sec, lemon juice, syrup, and lemon-flavored Vodka

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More Lemon Drop Martini Inspiration

French Martini Vodka Cocktail

French Martini

The French Martini is a riff that was especially popular during the 80s. This Vodka cocktail combines raspberry liqueur with fresh pineapple juice.

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Chocolate Martini

Chocolate Martini

This one is a true delight if you are into sweet dessert drinks. It combines Vodka with chocolate liqueur, Baileys, and cream.

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More Chocolate Martini Inspiration

Lavender Lemon Drop Vodka Cocktail

Lavender Lemon Drop

A twist on the regular Lemon Drop, this Lavender flavored Martini riff brings in some floral notes dressed in an elegant and beauitful purple shade.

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Vodka Cocktails with Cream

Vodka and cream, or creamy liqueurs, don't only work in a Chocolate Martini. There are a lot more delicious dessert cocktails relying on this successful combination.

White Russian with Garnish

White Russian

A beautiful riff on the classic Black Russian, made with Vodka, coffee liqueur, and heavy cream.

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White Russian twists & riffs

Dark Fairy Cream Cocktail

Dark Fairy Cream

The Dark Fairy Cream is a contemporary creation that combines Vodka with Absinthe and chocolate. And as crazy as it sounds, the combination does work.

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Screaming Orgasm Cocktail

Screaming Orgasm

The sweet and creamy Screaming Orgasm goes back to the 80s when giving cocktails kinky names was a thing. And when looking at the drink, you can at least understand where it's coming from. 

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Fruity and Sour Vodka Cocktails

After the heavy and rich, here are some more fancy, colorful, fruity, and tart creations made with Vodka.

Midori Sour with Vodka

Midori Sour

This is a fun version of a classic Sour Cocktail featuring the Melon-flavored Japanese Midori liqueur.

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Blue Lagoon Vodka Cocktail

Blue Lagoon Cocktail

Another colorful, flashy Vodka drink is the Blue Lagoon. Don't be put off by the blue color. The ingredient responsible for it, Blue Curaçao, has a pleasant citrus flavor.

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Alabama Slammer Vodka Cocktail

Alabama Slammer

The Alabama Slammer does call for Vodka as a base but combines various other boozy ingredients, masked well by a generous amount of orange juice and lime. 

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Russian Spring Punch Vodka Drin

Russian Spring Punch

This drink made with Vodka, Champagne, creme de cassis, and lemon is a knock-out. At least, if you ask the guests attending the party for which barkeeper Dick Bradsell had created it.

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Harvey Wallbanger Vodka Cocktail

Harvey Wallbanger

This Vodka cocktail is believed to have its roots in Los Angeles. The drink made with orange juice and Galliano is a fun mix of fruity and herbal flavors.

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