Vodka Drinks are Easy to Make!
Vodka drinks have been popular for several decades. Although vodka wasn’t popular in the United States, or even outside of Europe, until the 1950’s, sales of vodka have continued to climb. In the mid-70’s, vodka sales passed bourbon sales.
Part of the reason vodka has become so popular is that vodka drinks are so easy to make. This clear light liquor is pretty easy on the taste buds.
Many vodka drinks can be made with only two or three ingredients, and can be shaken or stirred. No need for a blender.
Some of the most popular drinks in recent history count on vodka as a main ingredient. Think of such delights as:
- Bloody Mary
- Vodka Tonic
- Sex on the Beach
- Fuzzy Navel
- White Russian
- Long Island Iced Tea
Flavored Vodka for Your Vodka Drinks
Many vodka manufacturers produce flavored vodka in addition to their bare-bones neutral vodka. These flavors allow you to make an ever-growing list of vodka drinks.
Here is a partial list of the flavors that are currently available:
- Apple, Acai Berry
- Banana, Berry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Black Currant
- Cherry, Chocolate, Citrus, Cranberry, Coffee, Cilantro, Celery Peppercorn, Coconut, Cucumber, Cotton Candy
- Grape, Grapefruit, Green Tea, Ginger
- Herb, Honey, Honey-Pepper
- Lemon, Lime
- Mango, Melon, Mint, Mandarin
- Passionfruit, Peach, Pear, Pomegranate, Pineapple, Pumpkin Pie
- Rosemary, Rose Petal, Raspberry, Root Beer
- Spice, Strawberry, Salmon
- Whipped Cream
One of the most popular vodka drinks is the Vodka Martini. With the infusion of the flavored vodkas above, martinis and other vodka drinks have taken on a new life.
In years gone by, your recipe choices were somewhat limited — dry or sweet. But with the selection of flavored vodkas and liqueurs, the Skyy is the limit [pun intended].
Here are some of the more popular vodka martinis you can make or enjoy at a local bar:
Vodka Price: Does it Affect the Taste of Vodka Drinks?
The easy answer to this question is “No.”
Of course, nothing is that easy. Flavored vodkas will naturally cost a bit more than non-flavored vodka. And flavored vodka tastes different than non-flavored. But that’s an easy out.
The definition of a “good vodka” is usually one that has no flavor. The less it tastes like anything, the better.
Many companies use multiple distillation to try to achieve this. Multiple distillation costs money, so you’d think these products would fare better on the “flavor of vodka drinks” scale. Unfortunately, the results I’ve found tend to find little, if any, difference in taste tests.
Of course, most folks don’t blindfold themselves before drinking their vodka drinks. This means that they know what they are drinking. And if they paid $40 a bottle, it HAS to taste better than the $10 a bottle stuff does. After all, the bottle is prettier. The name is catchy. The ad showed someone beautiful drinking vodka drinks made with it on a white sand beach.
But if you are putting a flavorless vodka into vodka drinks such as a Screwdriver, don’t the other ingredients change the taste anyway? That’s the thought of most professionals and hardcore vodka enthusiasts. Cheap vodka is as good as expensive vodka when you are making vodka drinks with it.
So save the money, and send me something nice instead.
Vodka Drinks Recipes
The recipes for vodka drinks tend to be pretty easy to follow. There are literally hundreds of recipes for vodka drinks. Here are a few of the more popular drinks:
- Agent Orange, Apple Martini (Appletini), Angel’s Tit
- Batida, Bay Breeze, Black Bison, Black Cossack, Black Russian, Bloody Mary, Bull Shot, Blue Lagoon
- Caesar, Caipivodka, Cape Cod, Chi-Chi, Columbia, Colorado Bulldog, Cosmopolitan, Critty Bo
- Fizzy Apple Cocktail, Flirtini
- Goldeneye, Godmother, Greyhound, Gibbon
- Harvey Wallbanger, Harrogate Nights, Hi-Fi
- Kamikaze, Kensington Court Special, Kremlin Colonel
- Lime Rickey, Link Up, Long Island Iced Tea
- Madras, Moscow Mule, Mudslide
- Orange Tundra
- Paralyzer, Polish Martini
- Red Lotus, Redline, Rose Kennedy Cocktail
- Salmiakki Koskenkorva, Salty Dog, Sea Breeze, Screwdriver, Sex on the Beach
- Vesper, Vodka Gimlet, Vodka Martini, Vodka McGovern, Vodka Sundowner, Vodka Sunrise
- White Russian
It wasn’t so long ago that vodka was made, mainly in Europe, by individuals or small businesses distilling their own versions of this liquor. Since those times, many big companies have stepped up and perfected the distillation process. This brings a large list of brands to the forefront. Each brand does their best to come up with a unique set of vodka drinks made from their brand. Here are some Vodka Brands and the country they are made in:
- Downunder — Australia
- Monopolowa — Austria
- Xan — Azurbaijan
- Kryshtal Etalon — Belarus
- Orloff — Brazil
- Polar Ice — Canada
- Danzka — Denmark
- Viru Valge — Estonia
- Finlandia — Finland
- Grey Goose — France
- Eristoff — Georgia
- Rachmaninoff — Germany
- Reyka — Iceland
- Artic — Italy
- Snow Queen — Kazakhstan
- Latvijas Balzams — Latvia
- Stumbras — Lithuania
- Oso Negro — Mexico
- Ketel One — Netherlands
- 42 Below — New Zealand
- Vikingfjord — Norway
- Murree — Pakistan
- Sobieska — Poland
- Stolichnaya — Russia
- V44 — Slovakia
- Han — South Korea
- Absolut — Sweden
- Xellent Swiss — Switzerland
- Lokka — Turkey
- Nemiroff — Ukraine
- Smirnoff — United Kingdom
- SKYY — United States
Now let’s learn more about the different Flavored Vodkas you can use to make Vodka Drinks.