Ready to sip something delicious out on the patio on a beautiful summer day? If you have some vodka in your pantry, you’re in luck. Vodka may be the most mixable liquor in every home bar.
Vodka’s clear and clean taste pairs well with just about any flavor, and this season, we’re looking at fruity pairings. Keep reading for our four favorite fruity cocktail recipes using vodka.
1. Sea Breeze
To make this classic fruity cocktail, all you need to do is add a splash of grapefruit juice to a vodka cranberry to create the refreshing sea breeze. This summer barbecue cocktail is a member of the famous vodka-juice highball family, and it’s super easy to make!
To make a sea breeze, you only need a small amount of grapefruit juice. We recommend fresh-squeezed citrus; we promise it’s worth it! One grapefruit is perfect for a few drinks.
2. Moscow Mule
The famous Moscow mule (sometimes called a vodka buck) was the drink designed to introduce Americans to vodka in the mid-20th century. Once you have a sip, you’ll know why it’s one of the world’s most beloved vodka cocktails.
If you love a little zing and snap to your drinks, this cocktail is for you. Take your favorite vodka and mix it with ginger ale (or ginger beer if you like a little more spice) and a touch of lime juice. Whether you want it more citrusy, spicy, or heavy on the booze, the ratios are up to you.
Traditionally, Moscow mules are served in a copper mug, which takes on the cold temperature of the drink. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint, and enjoy!
Most vodka cocktails are heavy on the fruit. If you love a good fruity cocktail and want something quick and easy, a screwdriver is your best bet. Since this drink is really about the vodka, go for a high-quality label like North Carolina vodka.
While a screwdriver is simply two ingredients, vodka, and orange juice, there are many variations. You will find all sorts of variations of this drink with various names in different parts of the world.
You can even switch out the type of juice you use if you prefer something else. Are you craving a tropical pineapple cocktail? Just sub out the orange juice for pineapple, and you got yourself a pineapple screwdriver. You can even mix a bunch of different juices together and create a spiked fruit punch.
4. Spiked Strawberry Lemonade
Strawberry lemonade is delicious on its own, but how do you take something great and make it even better? Add a little alcohol, of course. Spiked strawberry lemonade is fresh, fruity, and once you try it, it’s going to be one of your favorite summer cocktails.
First, pour some freshly pureed or blended strawberries into a large pitcher filled halfway with ice. Top with some homemade lemonade and vodka, and serve cold.
For this recipe, skip the processed stuff– from scratch is a thousand times so much better. Believe us when we say you’ll have a hard time stopping yourself from drinking at least two or more glasses!
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