Vodka is not particularly high on my list of favorite alcohols. Not that I don’t like it I just have never appreciated it.
Till now. I tasted all three of the vodkas I currently have on hand side by side. What.a.difference. The pretty white bottle with red writing is Medoyeff from Bull Run. I have spent quite a bit of time enjoying other craft alcohol but had never ventured down the path of fine vodka. So worth it. A bit spicy and subtly sweet.
And the things you can do with vodka. I also missed the boat on this. I’ve had my tryst with the other delicious spirits but not much of a relationship with vodka.
The two best things I have found to make vodka are a cosmopolitan and a vodka collins. One is the quintessential girl drink and the other a great summer thirst quencher. I’m completely won over to the I love vodka camp.
Cosmos are oh so sweet and beautifully pink. You can barely tell there is liquor in them.
Vodka Collins are a new drink to me. With just a bit of lemon juice, some simple syrup, and a big splash of club soda you have a ridiculously good light grown up version of lemonade. Try just drinking one.
Also today we embark on the mixers journey. I think it is safe to say that as far as I am concerned triple sec needs to be in your liquor cabinet. And club soda and cranberry juice. And limes and lemons on your counter. Just do it. You can make these two drinks (plus so many others) with just these few mixers.
(And I am so loving writing about cocktails)
One year ago today: Planked salmon
Cosmopolitan (makes 1 drink)
(I read many many recipes and settled on the easiest. It is amazing)
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce triple sec
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice. Shake the cocktail shaker for about 30 seconds until well chilled. Then, strain into a martini glass.
Vodka Collins (makes 1 drink)
2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup (recipe below)
5-6 ounces club soda
Lime for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, fresh lime and simple syrup. Shake for 30 seconds or till well chilled. Pour over ice into a tall glass. Top off with club soda and garnish with a lime.
Simple Syrup (makes 1 cup)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
In a small saucepan combine the sugar and water. Turn the heat to medium and stir till warm and all the sugar is dissolved. Cool and use in cocktails. Store in the fridge.