Since vodka is a great “base” liquor for drinks, the experimentation for using it in cocktails is practically endless. For some, the ultimate vodka drink is a straight shooter of top-shelf grade vodka, such as Van Gogh, chilled over ice.
Adding a flavored vodka like Stolichnaya Blueberry or Smirnoff Vanilla to a glass of seltzer over ice is a light and refreshing drink.
Red Death (also known as a Red Devil) is a sweet punch that contains lime juice, vodka, Southern Comfort, sloe gin, Amaretto, triple sec and orange juice.
The Cosmopolitan—aka the “Cosmo”—was popularized by the TV series “Sex and the City.” It’s a blend of vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and a splash of lime juice.
Champagne, vodka and sour mix are the powerful combination that give this drink its name.
One version of the Vampire is to chill 1 oz. of vodka and 1/2 oz. of Chambord (a black raspberry liqueur) over ice, then to add cranberry juice for a rich, fruity drink.
For those who like a caffeine jolt with their drink, add 1 oz. of vodka to a tall glass of Mountain Dew soda.