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Vodka Drinks: The Best Vodka Cocktails and Mixed Drinks

Updated on September 21, 2011

Introduction to Vodka Drinks

There are many fantastic types of mixed drinks and recipes for alcoholic cocktails, but vodka drinks are among some of the most popular. Vodka is a great liquor that seems natural for mixing, and many people even get started with the classic screwdriver as their introduction into the world of mixed drinks. Vodka and orange juice is a great opening introduction, and then for those people who love outer culture like the movie: The Big Lebowski know the power of vodka in a mixed drink every time they enjoy a White Russian.  There are many different vodka mixed drinks and they can taste completely different from one another.  In fact, there are few liquors that are more commonly used in mixed drinks as opposed to straight up than vodka, and anyone who is looking for some really good vodka drink recipes have a wide variety of different ones to choose from.

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Most Popular Vodka Cocktails

So what are some of the most popular vodka cocktails? While there is no definitive list, the following are some of the favorites that get made or ordered the most often and they vary from simple to complex, but this is a great starter list for people who are looking for the best vodka mixed drinks.

#1: The Screwdriver. It's hard to argue with the classic. It's a great introduction to hard liquor drink, a delicious mixed drink, and a decent "hair of the dog" treatment for the morning after thanks to the orange juice and Vitamin C. They can be strong or taste just like juice - however you make them these drinks are winners.

#2: White Russians. We can thank the Coen Brothers and their immortal character "The Dude" for bringing this drink into the public eye. This classic drink has seen a resurgence in popularity due to the movie and the legions of college students who adore it.

#3: Vodka Martinis.  Okay, for the purists out there, you are correct - there is no such thing as a martini without gin. But since everyone keeps calling them vodka martinis and they are so popular - you have to put them on the list.

#4: Bloody Mary.  You either love them or you hate them, but the base is vodka.

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Why Are Vodka Drinks So Popular?

There are many reasons that vodka is such a popular liquor, and the main reason is that it's so easy to mix because it does not bring a strong taste to mixtures. Because of this, it's ideal for mixed drinks compared to many other different types of liquors. With many major companies like Absolut now coming out with flaoved vodkas, these mixtures are becoming even more popular as they are taking advantage of vodka's versatility with popular flavors that are often found in mixed drinks that use vodka.

Even in mixed drinks with many shots, usually there is some vodka in there somewhere (take the Long Island Iced Tea as one classic example) adding to the overall mixture.  Finding recipes for vodka cocktails and various types of vodka mixed drinks isn't hard, but you will need to locate a high quality bartending book or guide, as many of these have full recipes, including to some old school drinks that you will rarely find online.

Absolut Vodka Drink Recipes

While these aren't your traditional mixed drink recipes for vodka, Absolut has done a great job of marketing themselves by inventing drinks for both their regular vodka as well as the flavored brands. Some of the most popular vodka cocktails from this company being talked about online include:

Absolut 600 Vodka Cocktail

10 frozen orange juice
1/2 fresh peach
2 - 3 drops grenadine syrup
1 tsp lime juice
2 tbsp vanilla sugar syrup
Absolut Mandrin vodka

Chop the peach and blend it along with the frozen orange juice and raspberries. Add a few drops grenadine, lime juice, and the sugar syrup to taste and continue blending until it's smooth. Pour the Absolut Mandarin into a highball glass. The glass should be 1/2 mix with 1/2 champagne. Stir it up and enjoy!

If that's too "high brow" then take a look at this simple but fun one:

Absolut Blue Lemonade Vodka Cocktail

1 oz Absolut vodka
1 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
4 - 5 oz lemonade

Stir and serve.

Vodka As Culture

Vodka has definitely made it's impact on culture. It seems like every college musician has at least one song on the subject. There are both rock groups and songs named "Vodka" while searches online for "Vodka Factory" turn up an award winning documentary as well as a very popular viral video of a forklift driver going nuts and taking down an entire factory with the forklift (possibly under the influence of said vodka). Certain drinks are seen as trendy, and in the middle of it all vodka simply continues to be a popular liquor and a popular mixer. If you want to know what the most popular drinks are, a list of vodka mixed drink recipes will surely hit some of them.  And if you really want to have fun during the Halloween holiday, why not even dress up as vodka?

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Other Links of Interest

When it comes to finding excellent information on mixed drinks or cocktails of various types, there are many great resources that can be found around here on HubPages.  For general alcoholic drinks there is that page which talks about some of the best or strongest mixed cocktails, or for people looking to minimize the diet damage without putting too much of a crimp in partying, there is this page on low calorie cocktails.

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    • shin_rocka04 profile image

      shin_rocka04 6 years ago from Maryland

      The screwdriver will always be my default drink. It's one of those drinks that complements the alcohol really well. Whether I make it strong or a little subtle, it's always an enjoyable drink.

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      applejuic3 6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      nice hub. i haven't had any of these drinks before but they all sound delicious!

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      Jerry G2 7 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Definitely plenty of information here to help out. More will come in the future. @ocbill - screwdrivers were actually what I started with. Nice thing about the orange juice and vodka is that you can really make them to taste - you can make it taste completely like orange juice, or you can make it very strong with a nice bite. Thanks for commenting on my vodka cocktail hub!

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      absolutely good information. I never had a screwdriver drink but yes on the others.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Great drinks and definite something for Christmas and New Year celebration.