Vodka is one of the most versatile alcohols for creating cocktails. Because it lacks any distinctive flavor of its own, you can blend it with any number of mixers to create fruity, creamy or savory concoctions. Vodka drinks aren't restricted to a particular type, as rum or whiskey tend to be, but instead present an almost endless variety of flavors to try.
James Bond's Vodka Martini
Put five or six ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 shot vodka and 1/2 shot vermouth. Cover and shake, then strain and pour into a classic martini glass. Garnish with olives on a sword or toothpick. This is the drink that James Bond favors in his movies and books--always shaken, never stirred.
Start with four to six ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 shot vodka, 1/2 shot triple sec, 1/2 shot lime juice and 1/2 shot cranberry juice. Shake very well and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge or curls of lime rind. This classic pink drink was made famous by the "Sex and the City" television show.
Combine 2 shots tomato juice, 1 shot vodka, about 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, a squeeze of lemon juice and 2 drops hot sauce. Shake together with five to six ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Pour over ice and garnish with a celery stalk. This eye-opening cocktail is very popular as a morning-after drink.
Mix 2 shots citrus-flavored vodka (such as Absolute Citron), 2 shots lemonade and 1/2 shot sweet-and-sour mix. Serve over ice and garnished with a lemon slice. This drink is a tart and cool treat on a hot summer day.
Mix 2 shots citrus vodka (such as Bacardi Limon), 1 shot Midori melon liqueur and 2 shots lemon-lime soda. Pour over ice, stir and garnish with a lemon or lime wedge. This fruity drink is the color of antifreeze.
Put four or five ice cubes in a tall glass. Add 2 shots vodka and top with orange juice until the glass is almost full. Stir, then garnish with an orange slice and serve. This fruity drink is a classic brunch cocktail.