Do More with this Bar Essential
Whether you’re a fan or a hater, this alcohol is a staple in every well-stocked bar. And while vodka has fluctuated in popularity over the past 30 years, it is still the most popular spirit in the United States in terms of sales volume. Other popular drinks include those that contain gin.
Get out that old Smirnoff bottle from the freezer (or get something better) and try one of these classic vodka cocktails that will remind you why it was such a beloved spirit back in the ’90s.
THE RECIPE FOR MARTINI.
This drink may be made using just two components. The Martini was a big sensation in the ’90s and early ’00s when it was at the height of its popularity. Just combine five parts vodka and one part vermouth in the mixing glass with ice, pour into a Martini glass with a lemon twist, and serve. This is also known as the Kangaroo drink.
Without a Bloody Mary, brunch just isn’t brunch. Everything from a celery stick to small burgers to crab legs may be added to the drink, which is believed to be the best treatment for a hangover. Put all the ingredients in a Highball glass and stir until the vodka is completely dissolved. Get your day off to a great start with a cup of coffee topped with your favourite garnish.
Vodka and orange juice are combined in a Highball glass with ice to make the Screwdriver, a basic cocktail perfect for a bad morning. There is nothing better than an orange slice garnish for this drink and fried eggs on the side.
When making this list, it couldn’t be helped but question if Cosmopolitans are still popular. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, this pink-hued drink was a standard, but it has since faded from public consciousness. It may be time to re-introduce yourself to the Cosmopolitan if you haven’t had one since George W. Bush was in the White House.
This is the recipe for Espresso Martini.
If you want a shaken Martini, this is the drink for you. To please a model who requested a drink that would “wake her up” and “f*ck her,” bartender Dick Bradsell invented the Espresso Martini in 1983. Using a shaker, combine all ingredients and pour into a Martini or coupe glass.
Moscow’s version of the CIA
The Moscow Mule is claimed to have been the brainchild of a New York City bartender looking for a way to get rid of extra ginger beer. By using vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice in a copper mug and a slice of lime for garnish, this traditional cocktail comes together in a flash. It truly is that simple.
The White Russian is a simple mix of half-and-half (or milk), vodka, and coffee liqueur that became famous in the late 1990s thanks to the movie “The Big Lebowski.” Do you want to avoid dairy products? The Black Russian is another necessary drink if you exclude the milk from the recipe.
Disco balls and peace signs abound in this retro drink from the ’60s. The Galliano, a yellow herbal liqueur used in the Harvey Wallbanger, gives this Screwdriver an extra layer of complexity. Is there anything else?
RECIPE FROM THE BLUE LAGOON
This Caribbean-inspired drink will lift your spirits thanks to its vibrant colour and flavour. When making this drink, add the following ingredients to an ice-filled shaker: Blue Curaçao, vodka, simple syrup, and lemon juice; shake until chilled. Add a slice of lemon to each glass after straining for added zing.