45 Best Vodka Cocktails

These vodka cocktails will shake (or stir) up your mixed drink game.

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espresso martini
Erik Bernstein

When it comes to mixed drinks, vodka seems to be everyone's go-to liquor. It goes down easy and tastes decent with pretty much anything. So we decided it was time to (literally) shake things up a bit with our go-to classic vodka drinks. With simple, classic cocktailsvodka martini, vodka tonic—to creative creations (boozy Butterbeer punch, anyone?), these vodka cocktails will be new party favorites starring your fav liquor.

From Moscow mules to Bloody Marys, vodka is the perfect blank canvas for sweet, sour, and savory flavors. Usually made from grain or potatoes, vodka is ideal as a base because of its neutral flavor. But not all vodka is built the same. If you're stirring up a simple martini or any other cocktail with minimal ingredients, quality is key. Whether you're drinking it straight or mixed, check out our top vodka brands to add to your bar cart.

Vodka is also our favorite for infusing with all kinds of flavors. Our list includes sour patch watermelon-infused vodka for our boozy sour watermelon slushies, Reese's Pieces-infused vodka (yes, really) for a drunken Peanut Butter cup cocktail, and even pickle-infused vodka perfect for Bloody Marys.

These vodka cocktails will shake (and stir) up your mixed drink game, sure, but what exactly is the deal with shaken or stirred martinis? According to bartenders, you only shake a cocktail when it includes non-alcoholic ingredients (citrus, cream, egg whites, herbs, fresh fruit, etc.), while stirring is saved for alcohol-forward cocktails (think martinis and Manhattans). IF you forget, don't worry. There might be a change in texture, cloudiness, and mouthfeel if you mix it up (no pun intended), but the flavor shouldn't change too drastically.

classic martini
Emily Hlavac-Green
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Classic Vodka Martini

Just three simple ingredients are in this classic cocktail. Quality vodka and vermouth are key here—since they make up the drink, the cheap stuff just won't do. (You can save that for our Peanut Butter Cup Martini 😂)

Get the Classic Vodka Martini recipe.

Emily Hlavac Green
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Perfect Cosmopolitan

And just like that, this amazing throwback cocktail brings us right back to Sex and the City. Tart and citrusy with a real punch, it's a classic for every at home bartender to know.

Get the Perfect Cosmopolitan recipe.

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Parker Feierbach
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Moscow Mule

Aside from tradition, the copper mugs offer a scientific benefit to this classic cocktail too: The copper gives chilled drinks an extra-cool sensation. And you just might feel pretty cool yourself.

Get the Moscow Mule recipe.

espresso martini
Erik Bernstein
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Espresso Martini

This buzzy '90s throwback has surged in popularity the last few years, and we are all the happier (and more caffeinated) for it. We love it as a pre-game drink to keep us going all through the night.

Get the Espresso Martini recipe.

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Parker Feierbach
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White Russian

This is a delicious cocktail every home bartender needs to know. It tastes like a chocolate boozy milkshake, and only requires three easy ingredients you likely already have on hand.

Get the White Russian recipe.

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Lemon-Poppy Seed Drop

Combining our love of sweet-tart lemon drop martinis and spring-y lemon poppy seed muffins, this cheery cocktail is the perfect balance of citrus and nutty poppy seed flavor. If you'd like to enhance the nuttiness of the poppy seeds, simply toast them in a hot dry pan for 2 to 3 minutes until fragrant, then cool before mixing with your sugar.

Get the Lemon-Poppy Seed Drop recipe.

orange crush cocktail
Andrew bui
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Orange Crush

Developed in Ocean City at the Harborside Bar & Grill, it’s no wonder this refreshing cocktail has found popularity outside of Maryland’s borders. Intensely juicy and citrus-forward, the drink was originally made with orange-flavored vodka, although regular vodka works just as well.

Get the Orange Crush recipe.

dalgona martini
Andrew Bui
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Dalgona Martini

A bit of vodka and Baileys bring the booze to this perky South Korean whipped coffee drink that took the world by storm. It's an instant pick-me-up.

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vodka tonic
Parker Feierbach
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Vodka Tonic

A similar vibe to a vodka soda, vodka tonic is a little bit sweeter. Adding citrus is a nonnegotiable for us. We love lemons and limes, but blood orange slices add a fun pop of color and zing too!

Get the Vodka Tonic recipe.

dill pickle bloody mary
Parker Feierbach
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Dill Pickle Bloody Mary

We've got four words for you about our latest Bloody Mary hack: Dill. Pickle. Ice. Cubes. Your Bloody Marys will never be the same.

Get the Dill Pickle Bloody Mary recipe.

apple cider martini
Laura Rege
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Apple Cider Martini

The cool autumn weather deserves a fall cocktail. Turn your favorite martini into an apple cider martini and never look back! The butterscotch schnapps is worth looking for—it really puts this apple cocktail on a whole other level.

Get the Apple Cider Martini recipe.

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Long Island Iced Tea

Vodka is just one of the five alcohols in this notoriously boozy drink that somehow still manages to taste incredible and resemble the taste of a lemony sweet tea. Tip: A homemade sour mix with lemon, lime, and grapefruit adds a bit more complexity that takes this drink up several notches.

Get the Long Island Iced Tea recipe.

creamsicle punch
Parker Feierbach
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Creamsicle Punch

Take your love of Creamsicles to another (boozy) level! Plus, this punch is perfectly shareable, making your next brunch a delicious breeze to serve. Tip: Swap in orange sorbet for even more citrusy flavor.

Get the Creamsicle Punch recipe.

drunken peanut butter cups
Chelsea Lupkin
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Drunken Peanut Butter Cups

These martinis use Reese's Pieces to infuse the vodka so that they taste just like your favorite peanut butter cup. This takes a chocolate martini to a whole new level.

Get the Drunken Peanut Butter Cups recipe.

mudslide cocktail
Emily Hlavac Green
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A glass rimmed with chocolate and filled with a creamy drink of vodka, Baileys, and Kahlúa is our idea of a dessert cocktail. It's more than just an excuse to have booze for dessert, but it's the only one we need. Try it with our Mini Baileys Cheesecakes!

Get the Mudslide recipe.

boozy butterbeer punch
Parker Feierbach
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Boozy Butterbeer Punch

The famous Harry Potter-themed drink, Butterbeer, gets a boozy upgrade with this punch. We solemnly swear we are up to no good when we have one of these.

Get the Boozy Butterbeer Punch recipe.

spiked sparkling basil lemonade
Joel Goldberg
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Spiked Sparkling Basil Lemonade

Basil-infused vodka? Sign us up. This lemonade cocktail brings out the sweetness of the herb and turns the spirit a vibrant green.

Get the Spiked Sparkling Basil Lemonade recipe.

flamin' hot bloody marys
Parker Feierbach
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Flamin' Hot Bloody Marys

We love anytime a classic Bloody Mary can morph into an even spicier, savory cocktail. Looking for ways to use up that bag of Cheetos? Try these Flamin' Hot Chicken Tenders!

Get the Flamin' Hot Bloody Marys recipe.

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Parker Feierbach
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Crème Brûlée Martini

These martinis taste just like a crème brûlée with very little effort. Be sure to keep the caramel in the freezer until you're ready to serve! The caramel will eventually melt into your drink, making it extra-indulgent. 😍

Get the Crème Brûlée Martini recipe.

shark punch
Parker Feierbach
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Deep Blue Vodka Punch

If Shark Week is basically your Christmas, then consider this our gift to you. Be sure to prepare the "lifesaver" well in advance so that it's fully frozen. As the ice cream melts, it will create foamy white waves, making the punch extra creamy. You just might need a bigger punch bowl.

Get the Deep Blue Vodka Punch recipe.

sex on the beach
Parker Feierbach
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Sex On The Beach

Peachy, tart, and citrusy, this is the perfect drink to wind down with after a long day. It's our favorite summer cocktail that makes us feel like we're on the beach no matter where we are. 😎

Get the Sex On The Beach recipe.

moscow mule punch
Parker Feierbach
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Moscow Mule Punch

This punch is basically one enormous Moscow mule, which means that you don't have to play bartender all night. Delicious drink, shareable portions, no shaking needed? Win, win, win!

Get the Moscow Mule Punch recipe.

lemon drop martini
Brandon Bales
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Lemon Drop Martini

A classic martini gets a little sweet with the addition of limoncello. It tastes just like your favorite lemon candy, which is always a very good thing.

Get the Lemon Drop Martini recipe.

prosecco punch
Parker Feierbach
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Prosecco Punch

This drink was literally made for brunch. It's perfect for cheersing over cinnamon rolls and a breakfast strata. If we're honest, it's the vanilla vodka that really takes it over the top.

Get the Prosecco Punch recipe.

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Parker Feierbach
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Chocolate Martini

The perfect combination of boozy and sweet for an after-dinner treat. We love topping ours with shaved chocolate, a pinch of cocoa powder, or even adding a crushed Oreo rim.

Get the Chocolate Martini recipe.

pink lemonade sangria
Ethan Calabrese
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Pink Lemonade Sangria

We love sipping on this pink lemonade with a grown-up, bubbly twist. Add the club soda and sparkling rosé just before serving to keep it as fizzy as possible.

Get the Pink Lemonade Sangria recipe.

key lime pie martini
Chelsea Lupkin
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Key Lime Pie Martini

This martini is modeled after our favorite Key lime pie (graham cracker rim included!). It's tart, creamy, and exactly what we crave on a summer's day.

Get the Key Lime Pie Martini recipe.

vodka watermelon coolers
Brandon Bales
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Vodka Watermelon Coolers

Sweet, refreshing homemade watermelon juice and sour apple pucker are key to this easy-drinking cooler. Blending up watermelon is the quickest way to make your own juice; just make sure to strain out the seeds!

Get the Vodka Watermelon Coolers recipe.

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Apple schnapps brings sweet-tart green apple flavor, while a splash of calvados (apple brandy) gives it a fiery kick. Warning: These babies are STRONG, so don't plan on going anywhere after consuming. 😂

Get the Appletini recipe.

banana cream pie martini
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Banana Cream Pie Martini

Part dessert, part cocktail, this drink is seriously indulgent. The flavor of banana pudding, one of our very favorite desserts, comes from the combination of vanilla vodka, Baileys, and banana liqueur, and whipped cream.

Get the Banana Cream Pie Martini recipe.

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