5 Essential Vodka Cocktails You Need To Know.

Vodka Cocktails, with such a great variety there is always one cocktail that suits everyone’s taste.

Every barman knows that vodka is the most mixable (and therefore useful) spirit in the bar. Vodka’s clear, clean taste goes very well with any flavour, from dry to spicy and sweet to savory. It is used in thousands of cocktail recipes that vary greatly in ingredients, style and flavour.

Every good bar is an extensive list of vodka cocktails, but within that list there are some standouts that are considered essential. Five of those recipes are included below, all you have to do is swipe through the list and they are the drinks that everybody should taste at least once.

They are also the basis for other recipes, so this short list is a great place to start.

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Vodka Martini

Vodka-based martinis fill modern cocktail menus and there is certainly not a shortage of recipes to mix up. Yet, there is only one true Vodka Martini and it is unbelievably simple.

What You Need: vodka, dry vermouth, bitters.

This is, essentially, the classic Gin Martini with a vodka base. It is crisp, clean, and the best way to show off those top-shelf vodkas in your bar. The vodka-vermouth combination is used in a variety of cocktails and, quite often, you only need to add a single ingredient.
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Cosmopolitan

Vodka is an ideal base for light fruit flavors and no cocktail plays this up as well as the Cosmopolitan. It is that pretty-in-pink fruity cocktail made famous in "Sex and the City" and you'll love it.

What You Need: Clear or citrus vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, cranberry juice.

Affectionately called the 'Cosmo,' you can make this cocktail to suit your own taste. Some people prefer it sweet and pour more cranberry, while others prefer just a splash for color. It's fantastic either way. Apple, pineapple, melon, kiwi and almost any other fruit can be used to shake up a similar cocktail.
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Bloody Mary

Sunday mornings would not be complete without a great Bloody Mary. This vodka and tomato juice highball are a favorite for brunch and it can be customized to fit your exact taste.

What You Need: Vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire and hot sauces, spices.

People love this drink for many reasons and it is one of the most popular savory drinks you will find. It is also known for its hangover-fighting properties, so it's useful as well.
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Black Russian

Should you find yourself looking for a refreshing and short vodka drink, the Black Russian is a perfect candidate. It requires just two ingredients and mixes up in minutes, and you have to love that.

What You Need: Vodka, coffee liqueur.

Kahlua is often the coffee liqueur of choice though you do have other options and this is the perfect drink to try those out. Also, don't worry about splurging on the vodka, a decent and budget-friendly bottle will do just fine here.
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Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule was a simple drink designed to introduce Americans to vodka in the mid-20th century. It has had a recent brush with fame as a new generation is discovering the appeal of this snappy cocktail.

What You Need: Vodka, lime juice, ginger beer.

That's right, ginger beer and not ginger ale. The true Moscow Mule features the spicier ginger soda and if your bartender has been serving you a mule of the ginger ale variety, it's time that you get a taste of the real thing. Bonus points if it's served in a copper mug.