Vodka is a wallflower, with a kick. It's the actor who never steals the spotlight but always makes other performers shine. Clear and odorless as bottled water, vodka has little distinctive flavor of its own. But mixed into cocktails, it works magic, elevating the flavors of other ingredients.
A Few of Our Favorite Vodka Martinis
With the exception of the more classic-minded Dirty Martini, these recipes dare to be different. They toss dry vermouth overboard, and add a splash of the unexpected.
Our Favorite Vodka Cocktails
These cocktails range from the classic (Bloody Mary, anyone?) to the slightly subversive (Champagne and pickled ginger!).
Care to drink your dessert? Try these sinfully sweet vodka martinis.
Flavored Vodka Cocktails
Vodka also comes infused with all manner of tasty essences, from berries and citrus to spices and chocolate. These are a few of our favorites.
D.I.Y. Vodka Infusions
Tom Petty said it: "The waiting is the hardest part." True, these recipes take some time. But if you're enthused about infused vodkas, making your own liqueurs is a fun and flavorful way to go. Try 'em--you won't be sorry.
Party Shots! Juiced on Jell-O®
For those of us who like our booze but are trying to cut back on liquids, there will always be Jell-O® shots! But be careful! These pack a wiggly, jiggly little wallop.
In lieu of caviar from the Caspian, try these top-rated recipes with your vodka cocktails.
Eat Your Vodka
These recipes call for a splash or two of vodka.
The Spot for Food and Drink
See Sips Central, our friendly guide for pairing food with beer, wine, and cocktails.