8 Modern Vodka Cocktails

by Melissa Dowling

Vodka never really goes out of style. Right now, it’s even making a comeback of sorts as the white spirit works its way back onto cocktail menus in bars and restaurants across the country. Here are 8 cocktails that prove that vodka is still very much in the moment:

Safe Word (pictured atop)

1 oz. Grey Goose vodka
1 oz. Tanqueray gin
¼ oz. Cointreau
¼ oz. Giffard Pamplemousse liqueur
¼ oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
Top with FeverTree tonic

Build liquors in a mixing glass, stir to chill and top with tonic. Pour into a chilled Nick and Nora glass and garnish with an edible basil blossom.

Casey Lyons, lead bartender and mixologist at Pacific Hideaway at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, CA, created this recipe.



1 ½ oz. Ketel One vodka
½ oz. Pineau des Charentes
½ oz. Aqua de Cedro citrus liqueur
¾ oz. Lime juice
½ oz. Simple syrup
Dash salt

In a mixing tin, add salt and herb, followed by remaining ingredients, building from the juice up. Add ice and shake, fine stain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a few nasturtium leaves.

Jon Howard, head bartender of Henley in Nashville, created this recipe.

The Orchard Martini

2 oz. Sobieski rye vodka
1 oz. Marie Brizard Pear William liqueur
3 oz. Fresh apple juice
Dash simple syrup
Dash Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker lled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

The mixologists at Sobieski created this recipe.

Italian Mule

Italian Mule

1 ½ oz. Elyx vodka
¾ oz. Ginger syrup
½ oz. Lemon juice
½ oz. Limoncello

Combine ingredients and shake. Top with soda.

The mixologists at Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse in Los Angeles created this recipe.

The Princess and the Tea

1 ¾ oz. Absolut vodka
¼ oz. Crème de violette
¾ oz. Chamomile syrup
¾ oz. Lemon juice
2 dashes Bitter Truth lemon bitters

Combine ingredients in mixing tin. Shake and double strain into teacup. Garnish with loose chamomile tea.

The mixologists at Outlier in Seattle created this recipe.

The Silk Road

2 oz. Belvedere vodka
½ oz. Averell Damson gin
¾ oz. Lemongrass juice
¾ oz. Star anise syrup
½ oz. Lime juice
Egg white

Dry shake (no ice) all ingredients. Add ice and shake again. Double strain into a Martini glass. Add a few drops of Angostura bitters at the end for garnish and caramelized star anise.

The mixologists at Crimson & Rye in New York created this recipe.

The Silk Road

Apple Pie

2 parts Svedka vodka
1 part Brandy
2 parts Apple cider
1 part Triple sec
1 part Fresh lemon juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker led with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with apple slices dusted with cinnamon sugar.

The mixologists at Svedka created this recipe.

Ringo Sour

Ringo Sour

1 ½ oz. Belvedere vodka
1 oz. Apple cider or fresh apple juice
½ oz. Lillet Blanc
½ oz. Lemon juice
¼ oz. Simple syrup

Add ice to shaker and all ingredients. Shake and strain in chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an edible marigold flower.

The mixologists at Katsuya in Miami’s SLS South Beach created this recipe.

We’re is looking for more innovative and original recipes. Please specify ingredient quantities (oz., tsp., etc.). Send recipes to Cheers Drinks Department, Melissa Dowling, 17 High St., Norwalk, CT 06851, or email MDowling@epgmediallc.com.

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