Top 5 Drinks with Vodka

If you tend to drink a little too much, vodka might be a good choice for you. It causes less of a hangover, especially when mixed in a cocktail.

Vodka keeps the sting but is great for cocktails because it takes infused flavors so well. If you are learning to make cocktails, vodka is definitely your friend. Experiment and try things out. To start you off, here are our Top 5 Drinks with Vodka.


BLOODY MARY

With its’ beautiful and strong color, a good Bloody Mary is always a great choice. It is great for Halloween, for Christmas, New Years or any other party you might want to throw. It will be the star of the night!

Ingredients you’ll need:

3 oz. Tomato Juice

1 oz. of Vodka

1/2 oz. Lemon Juice

1 dash Worcestershire Sauce

1 pinch of Pepper

1 pinch of Salt

1 Stalk of Celery

Hot Sauce

To prepare:

In a highball glass with ice, add the Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Pour the tomato juice, vodka, lemon juice. Stir softly and garnish with celery.


SEX ON THE BEACH

You cannot make vodka drinks and not have a good Sex on the Beach. If you want to call yourself a good bartender, you must know this one by heart.

This two colored drink is a great addition to any cocktail selection.

Ingredients you’ll need:

2 oz. Orange Juice

2 oz. Cranberry Juice

1 ½ oz. Vodka

1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps

In a highball glass, pour the orange jice, the cranberry juice, vodka and schnapps. Garnish with a slice of orange. Easy!


SEA BREEZE

The now popular Sea Breeze was originally not with vodka, but with Gin. It also didn’t have any cranberry juice. It has evolved over the last 80 years and is now the delicious version we enjoy today.

Ingredients you’ll need:

4 oz. Grapefruit Juice

1 1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice

1 1/2 oz. Vodka

In a highball glass filled with ice pour the grapefruit and the cranberry juice and then the vodka. Garnish with a lime wedge.


KAMIKAZE

This cocktail named in Japanese, is an all time favorite. It has a beautiful color and even better taste. It is serves in a cocktail glass, adding a touch of elegance to any gathering.

Ingredients you’ll need:

1/2 oz. of Vodka

1 oz. of Lime Juice

1 oz. Triple Sec

In a cocktail shaker, mix all the ingredients with ice. Shake away. Strain into a cocktail glass, chilled. Garnish with a lime wedge.


LEMON DROP MARTINI

If lemon and vodka is what you like, the Lemon Drop Martini is perfect for you!

Served in a sugar-rimmed martini glass, it can be a perfect drink for a summer party or a snowy Christmas Eve.

Ingredients you’ll need:

1 1/2 oz. Vodka

3/4 oz. Lemon Juice

1/2 oz. Triple Sec

1 tablespoon Superfine Sugar

Lemon wedge

In a cocktail shaker, half filled with ice, mix the vodka, triple sec, sugar and lemon juice. Shake, shake, shake until sugar dissolves.

Grab the lemon wedge and squeeze over the rim of the martini glass. Pour sugar on a plate and place the rim on it.

Strain into the glass and with a lemon wedge or a twisted lemon peel.

Top 5 Drinks With Rum

Rum is mostly produced in the Caribbean and Latin America. Nobody is quite sure where its name comes from, although it probably originated because of the latin word for sugar, which ends with the syllable rum. Since rum is made of sugarcane, it seems reasonable.

There are light, golden and dark rums. Dark rums are usually not used in cocktails, but drank neat. Golden rums are used for some cocktails and light rums are your best friend, bartender.

We have put together our Top 5 Drinks with Rum. Enjoy!


ORIGINAL DAIKIRI

Did you know that Daikiris don’t have to be frozen or full of fruits? That’s right, the original Daikiri is a clear, simple and delicious cocktail.

Never mind the horrible bottled Daikiri mixtures. Forget about the fruit and the freezer. If you really want to taste a Daikiri, you’ve come to the right place.

It’s important for this one to use accurate measurements. Because of its purity and minimum number of ingredients, it needs to be just right or it will not be at all.

Ingredients you’ll need for one cocktail:

2 oz. of Light Rum

3/4 oz of Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

1 Teaspoon of Sugar

To prepare:

In a cocktail shaker, stir the lime juice and the sugar until the latter dissolves. Add the rum and fill with ice. Shake for ten seconds and strain into a cocktail glass. Preferably chilled. To garnish, add a wedge of lime.

Pour sugar and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the rum and fill shaker with ice; shake well for 10 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime.


THE HURRICANE

Originally from New Orleans’ famous Pat O’Brien’s Bar in the 1940s, the Hurricane quickly became a popular drink and still is.

In those days, rum was considered cheap in quality and was therefore cheap in price. In order to push it through, whiskey sellers forced it upon bars. Pat O’Brien’s Bar took this negative situation and turned it into an opportunity.

Now, forget about premixes and bottled nothingness. Here is how to make the original Hurricane.

Ingredients you’ll need for each:

2 oz. Dark Jamaican Rum

1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

1 oz. of Passion Fruit Syrup, Trader Tiki

Crushed Ice

Orange Slice and a Cherry to garnish

To prepare:

In a shaker, mix the rum, lemon juice, syrup and crushed ice and shake. Pour without straining in a Hurricane Glass or Old Fashioned Glass. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry.


MAI TAI

The original Mai Tai was “Trader Vic” Bergeron invention. Made with a 17 year old Jamaican rum, Dutch Curaçao and fresh Lime Juice.

Over the years, due to the lack of certain ingredients and the popularity of the drink, it started to change. Nowadays, most places don’t even have a real Mai Tai. You might not have had one of these ever in your life.

Ingredients you’ll need:

2 oz. Jamaican Rum

1 oz. Lime Juice

1/2 oz. Curaçao

1/4 oz. Orgeat

1/4 oz. Rock-Candy Syrup

Mint for Garnish

To prepare:

Fill your shaker with the rum, lime juice, curaçao, orgeat and syrup and fill with ice. Shake for ten seconds. Strain and pour into a double old fashioned glass with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime shell.


MOJITO

Nobody really knows where or when Mojitos were created. As far as we know, it originated in Cuba, around 200 years ago.

Some historical figures have been linked to the popularization of this now famous drink, like Ernest Hemingway. It is unclear how true this actually is.

In any case, what is commonly served as a Mojito nowadays is usually too sweet. We are going to introduce you to the oldest version we know of.

Ingredients you’ll need for one cocktail:

1 teaspoon of Sugar

10 Leaves of Fresh Mint

1 ½ oz. of White Rum

¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

Club Soda

2 Sprigs of Fresh Mint for garnish

1 Lime Twist for garnish

To prepare:

In a serving glass, gently muddle the sugar and mint leaves together so the leave release all of their oils. Fill it with ice, rum and lime juice. Stir.

Top it all off with the club soda and add the garnishes.


PLANTER’S PUNCH

Planter’s Punch is a drink that is centuries old. It originated in the Caribbean and has now spread all over.

This is a great drink to experiment with because so many variations exist. Firstly, though, we need to learn the basic, stripped version. After you get it right, feel free to play.

Ingredients you’ll need for one drink:

3 oz. Coruba Dark Jamaican Rum

1 oz. Simple Syrup

¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

To prepare:

In a tall glass with crushed ice, combine the rum, syrup and lime juice. Stir with a bar spoon until it frosts and the ice settles. Add more crushed ice and garnish.