Vodka is one of the most popular liquors in the world. In fact, one in every four alcoholic drinks is made with vodka. Flavored vodkas are particularly popular and can be used to create several delicious drinks. Good vodka cocktails include the Cosmopolitan, Butterfly, Kashenka, White Russian and Long Island Iced Tea.
Kashenka is the name of a Polish cabaret dancer who worked in Paris and was featured in the book, "The Cocktails of the Ritz Paris." Remove the leaves from four to five strawberries and put them in a large Old Fashioned glass. Add 2 tsp. of sugar and then slightly bleed the fruit. To bleed means to apply just enough pressure that the flavor will infuse into the drink. Add cracked ice to the top of the glass then fill with vodka. Garnish with a rose petal.
Long Island Iced Tea
A Long Island Iced Tea is a strong cocktail due to the inclusion of several liquors. There are several variations on a Long Island Iced Tea but the traditional form always includes tequila. Add ¼ oz. vodka, ¼ oz. gin, ¼ oz. spiced rum, ¼ oz. tequila, 1 oz. sours mix and ¼ oz. triple sec to a Collins glass filled with ice. Add a splash of cola to the glass and garnish with a slice of lemon.
A White Russian is a creamy drink and a simple vodka cocktail. Add 1 oz. coffee liqueur and 2 oz. vodka to an old fashioned glass filled with ice. Fill to the top of the glass with cream. Variations on a White Russian include a Black Russian and a Red Russian. A Black Russian is made without the cream -- some recipes add cola but that's technically a Dirty Black Russian, while a Red Russian substitutes cherry liqueur for the coffee liqueur.
The Cosmo has skyrocketed to fame since Carrie Bradshaw began drinking the cocktail on "Sex and the City" and remains a favorite mixed drink. Combine 2 oz. citrus vodka, 1 oz. triple sec, the juice of ¼ lime, ½ tsp. sugar and 1 oz. cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass, then garnish with a lemon twist.
The Butterfly is a strong drink and yet the flavors blend so well you'll barely notice the alcohol. Shake 1 oz. vanilla vodka, 2 oz. raspberry vodka and ½ oz. crème de banana together and strain into a chilled martini glass. Add a splash of soda and garnish with a cherry.