Appletini

Ingredients:
  • Vodka, 50 ml,
  • Cloudy apple juice, 50 ml,
  • Lemon juice, 1 tsp,
  • Maple syrup, 1tsp,
  • Apple, 1 slice,
Method:
  • Step 1, Shake the vodka, cloudy apple juice, lemon juice and maple syrup in an ice-filled shaker.
  • Step 2, Strain into a glass and garnish with the apple slice.
Prep time: 5 mins

This drink, originally called an Adam's Apple Martini because the bartender who created it was named Adam, was created in 1996 at Lola's West Hollywood restaurant.

Black Russian

Ingredients:
  • Vodka, 50 ml,
  • Coffee liqueur, 25 ml,
  • Ice, 1 handful,
  • Cola, Splash,
Method:
  • Step 1, Put the vodka and the coffee liqueur into a tumbler filled with ice and stir gently. Top with a splash of cola if you prefer a longer drink.
Prep time: 5 mins

Black Russian cocktail supposedly first appeared in Brussels in 1949 at the hotel Metropole, circa 5,708 km from Russia. Its reported creator, bartender Gustave Tops is believed to have created the cocktail for Perle Mesta who was the US Ambassador to Luxembourg. 

Bloody Mary

Ingredients:
  • Ice, 1 handful,
  • Vodka, 100 ml,
  • Tomato juice, 500 ml,
  • Lemon, 1 for juice (1 tbsp) and 2 slices,
  • Worcestershire sauce, 2 dashes,
  • Tabasco sauce, 2 dashes,
  • Salt, 1 pinch,
  • Black pepper, 1 pinch,
  • Celery sticks, 2,
Method:
  • Step 1, Place the ice in a large and pour in the vodka and tomato juice.
  • Step 2, Add the Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce (Add more Tabasco if you like it very spicy), the lemon juice and the salt and pepper. Stir then strain the cocktail into 2 tall glasses.
  • Step 3, Top up with fresh ice, add a celery stick and lemon slice to both glasses and enjoy
Glass type:
Prep time: 5 mins

A Bloody Mary is a cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and other spices and flavorings including Worcestershire sauce, hot sauces, garlic, herbs, horseradish, celery, olives, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, lime juice or celery salt. In the United States, it is usually consumed in the morning or early afternoon, and is popular as a hangover cure. The Bloody Mary was invented in the 1920s or 1930s. There are various theories as to the origin of the drink and its name. 

Cosmopolitan

Ingredients:
  • Vodka, 45 ml,
  • Triple Sec, 15 ml,
  • Cranberry juice, 30 ml,
  • Lime juice, 10 ml,
  • Ice, Handful,
Method:
  • Step 1, Mix all the ingredients and strain (to remove the ice) into a cocktail glass.
  • Step 2, Cut a round piece of orange skin. Hold it 10cm over your cosmopolitan and wave the skin (orange side) it over a flame (lighter or match) to release the oils. Drop the zest into your drink.
Prep time: 5 mins

This good time classic cocktail has a rich and long history, it was a favourite of the characters in the hit TV show 'Sex and the City' which only increased its popularity at the time. 

Espresso martini

Ingredients:
  • Vodka, 100 ml,
  • Espresso coffee, 50 ml,
  • Coffee liqueur, 50 ml, xcoffeeliqeur
  • Sugar syrup, 1 tbsp,
  • Ice, 1 handful,
Method:
  • Step 1, Add the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold.
  • Step 2, Strain into two chilled glasses. Garnish each with coffee beans (if you have them).
Prep time: 5 mins

The combination of coffee & vodka has made the espresso martini hugely popular in recent years.

Long Island Iced Tea

Ingredients:
  • Vodka, 50 ml,
  • Gin, 50 ml,
  • White Rum, 50 ml,
  • Tequila Reposado, 50 ml,
  • Triple Sec, 50 ml,
  • Cola, 500 ml,
  • Lime Juice, 100ml,
  • Lime, 2,
  • Ice, 1 handful,
Method:
  • Step 1, Combine the vodka, gin, tequila, rum and triple sec in a large jug, and add lime juice to taste. Add the ice and stir.
  • Step 2, Add the cola, lime wedges and stir. Pour into tall glasses and enjoy.
Prep time: 5 mins

A Long Island iced tea is a type of alcoholic mixed drink typically made with vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin, and cola.

Moscow Mule

Ingredients:
  • Vodka, 50 ml,
  • Crushed Ice, 1 handful,
  • Ginger beer, 150 ml,
  • Angostura Bitters, 2 dashes,
  • Mint, 1 sprig,
  • Lime, 1 wedge,
Method:
  • Step 1, Pour the vodka into a metal mug or tumbler.
  • Step 2, Add crushed ice to the mug or tumbler until it is 3/4 full.
  • Step 3, Fill to the top with the ginger beer and stir
  • Step 4, add the ginger bitters and garnish with the mint and lime
Prep time: 5 mins

A spicy warming winter cocktail, it's easy to make and in our opinion an underrated star of the cocktail world. 

Vesper Martini

Ingredients:
  • Gin, 35 ml,
  • Vodka, 10 ml,
  • Dry Vermouth (or Lillet Blanc), 10 ml,
  • Ice, 1 handful,
Method:
  • Step 1, Fill your shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Step 2, Shake until cold then strain into your glass.
Glass type:
Glass type alt: Martini Glass
Prep time: 5 mins

The  ‘ Vesper Martini ‘ is the famous drink that is ordered by James Bond in both the book and the movie Casino Royale.

The fame of the Vesper Martini is a direct result of it being featured in Casino Royale and while Bond drank other cocktails, his desire for his Martini to be "shaken not stirred" has, we are sure, become a cringe statement ensured by bar staff the world over. 

So whether or not you decide to shake or stir, this cocktail has to be on everyones cocktail bucket list. 

Vodka Martini

Ingredients:
  • Vodka, 60 ml,
  • Vermouth (dry), 1 tbsp,
  • Olive, 1,
  • Lemon, 1 peel twist,
  • Ice, 2-3 cubes,
Method:
  • Step 1, Mix the ingredients and a little ice together.
  • Step 2, Strain into a glass and add the olive and lemon twist to garnish
Prep time: 5 mins

Unlike the classic gin based martini, the vodka version, you guessed it, is vodka based. Always remember to ignore Bond and stir rather than shake a martini!

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