17 Must Try Cocktails with Flavored Vodka
December 13, 2022 by Karl Tessendorf
If you think about it, flavored vodka cocktails are a no-brainer. Vodka is tasteless and odorless by nature, so it’s the perfect blank canvas to let infused flavors shine. Lucky for us cocktail lovers, the flavored vodka market is booming, with new and interesting flavors hitting the shelves daily. Let’s take a look at 17 of the best-flavored vodka cocktails.
1. The Cosmopolitan
Flavored vodkas might be all the rage now, but back in the 90s, the Cosmo was already setting the trend. Its blend of vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry, and lime juice that delighted socialites the world over. The original recipe uses lemon vodka but if you’re feeling extra saucy, try pineapple vodka for a tropical infusion.
2. Raspberry Lime Fizz
The Raspberry Lime Fizz is exactly as tasty as it sounds. It’s light and refreshing, and it’s the perfect companion for lounging around the pool with friends. Use raspberry vodka and top it up with fresh lime juice and lemon-lime soda. Or go for lime vodka and use a touch of raspberry liqueur. Whichever route you take, remember the fresh raspberries!
3. Cucumber Salty Dog
Salt is not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of refreshment, but don’t be fooled by the name. The Cucumber Salty Dog is one of the most refreshing flavored vodka cocktails on this list. It’s a muddle of cucumber, vodka, and grapefruit juice with a salt rim, and it just works. The salt enhances the freshness of the cucumber while tempering the grapefruit. We recommend trying cucumber-flavored vodka to enhance the natural flavor.
4. Sweet Peach Tea
Peach iced tea is a classic summer flavor, and the Sweet Peach Tea cocktail is a simple but delicious party favorite. You can double down on the peachiness with peach vodka and peach iced tea and top it up with club soda. Or get creative and try a citrus or melon vodka, then stir some peach purée into the mix. As long as you have a peachy time, that’s all that matters.
5. Strawberry Basil Martini
Strawberry vodka takes center stage in this fresh flavor combination. It’s bright, sweet, herbaceous, and ridiculously tasty. Simply muddle fresh strawberries and basil leaves in a shaker with ice, add strawberry vodka and honey and shake until chilled. Strain into a Martini glass, top with club soda and serve.
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6. Pear Martini
Flavored vodka recipes can be assertive or subtle, and the Pear Martini definitely falls into the latter category. It’s a delicate mix of pear vodka and fragrant elderflower liqueur balanced with lemon juice and simple syrup. It’s crisp and bright, and if you’re looking to serve something elegant at your next cocktail party, then the Pear Martini is just the thing.
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7. Peach Cosmo
As far as cocktails with flavored vodka go, the Cosmopolitan might be the most famous. This Peach Cosmo is a riff on the classic that uses -you guessed it- peach vodka. Simply swap out the lemon vodka with peach and garnish with a fresh slice or two of peach. It’s a small change, but the peach sings with the orange liqueur and rounds off the tart cranberry.
8. Apple Pie Sangria
Sangria is always a party favorite, and this caramel vodka-infused version tastes like apple pie in a glass. It’s packed with warming spice flavors, crisp apples, and rosé fruit flavors. The caramel flavor melds with the apples leaving you with a lingering toffee apple vibe. Mix up more than you think you need, and thank us later.
9. Pumpkin Spice White Russian
Everyone’s favorite fall spice mix is back, adding some comforting magic to the classic White Russian. We recommend caramel-flavored vodka to complement the spices, but feel free to experiment with different flavors. Don’t forget to rim the glass with caramel sauce and Graham Crackers for extra decadence and texture.
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10. Hibiscus Iced Tea Cocktail
Bright pink and bursting with flavor, the Hibiscus Iced Tea Cocktail is a must-try. It’s a melange of everything good about summer with sweet and fragrant floral flavors. Use orange-flavored vodka to add a note of citrus for balance, and top it up with club soda for extra fizz. It’s perfect for brunch, lunch, or a picnic in the garden.
11. Apple of My Eye
Fall cocktails don’t much cozier than the Apple of My Eye cocktail. It’s bursting with apple flavor and finished with a dusting of fragrant cinnamon. No prizes for guessing that it features apple vodka, but it’s also got fresh apple cider. If you want to go for the trifecta, add some apple purée. Top it with club soda to keep the flavor all ’bout them apples, or opt for ginger beer for a spicy kick.
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12. Vanilla Martini
If the number of vanilla-scented candles in the world is anything to go by, vanilla is one flavor we never get tired of. It has a subtle floral fragrance with sweet notes of spice. The Vanilla Martini doubles down on all this goodness with vanilla vodka and vanilla liqueur. There’s a touch of lemon juice for balance, but it’s all about the magical vanilla bean.
13. Mango Drop
The Mango drop is a riff on the popular 70s cocktail, the Lemon Drop Martini. It’s bright and tropical, and the addition of mango purée gives it a luxurious mouth feel. Citrus vodka is the classic choice, but a melon vodka would add more fruity layers to the tropical taste profile. Shake up one today and see which route you prefer.
14. West Side
The West Side is a love letter to lemon and mint, made famous by New York’s Employees Only bar. It features lemon vodka, lemon juice, a touch of simple syrup for sweetness, and a good pinch of fresh mint. The mint enhances the tart lemon leaving you with a cooling zing after every sip. It’s still their best-selling Martini and shows no signs of slowing down.
15. Cucumber Mojito
There’s refreshing, and then there’s Cucumber Mojito refreshing. You have to try one to get the full effect but trust us, it’s an ultimate thirst quencher. The mint and cucumber are a perfect match of fresh and cool, and even though the mint is strong, the cucumber shines through. You can use citrus vodka for extra zest or go for a complementary pairing with cucumber vodka.
16. Porn Star Martini
The Porn Star Martini is one of the world’s most famous cocktails. Whether it’s the cheeky name or the fact that it tastes incredible is up for debate, but it’s a modern classic. It’s a complex cocktail with the unmistakable aroma of passionfruit and vanilla. It’s finished with bubbly Prosecco, making for an unforgettable drinking experience.
17. Very Sexy Martini
As the name suggests, if you’re looking for a romantic drink for that special someone, then the Very Sexy Martini is first prize. A lot goes on in this flavored vodka Martini with fresh raspberries, mint, citrus vodka, and lime juice, and it’s all topped with sultry rosé champagne. It’s decadent, over the top, and we love it.