Strawberry Smash

Strawberry Smash drink recipe with vodka, strawberry, basil and lemon juice.

The Strawberry Smash cocktail actually does involve smashing strawberries, or more precisely, muddling them. With basil. And then you add to that vodka, lemon and a bit of agave nectar, and you've got a fabulous summer cocktail. This one comes from The Fillmore Room in NYC. The dominant … [Read more...]

Long Black Russian

Long Black Russian drink recipe with Kahlua, vodka and cola.

The Long Black Russian cocktail is a simple but delicious twist on the Black Russian. To the traditional Kahlua and vodka, you add several ounces of cola to stretch it out. Imagine a cola with mocha flavoring added to it, and you've got an idea what this tastes like. This drink works best … [Read more...]

Berry Chocolate Martini

Berry Chocolate Martini recipe: Black Haus, Smirnoff Raspberry Twist, creme de cacao

The Berry Chocolate Martini is entirely clear in color. It blends blackberry schnapps with raspberry vodka and white creme de cacao, so the resulting taste is exactly what you'd think from the name. This drink is definitely on the sweet side, enough so that it makes a really nice dessert … [Read more...]

Chocolate Raspberry Martini

Chocolate Raspberry Martini Recipe: raspberry vodka and white creme de cacao

There are a number of Chocolate Raspberry Martini recipes out there. I've recently updated this one because I wasn't completely happy with it. For one thing, it was clear (calling for white creme de cacao and clear raspberry vodka), and the look of it didn't go with the flavors. This version adds … [Read more...]

Felicia Cocktail

Felicia cocktail recipe with apple vodka and cranberry juice.

The Felicia cocktail combines apple vodka with cranberry juice. The taste is refreshingly dry for a fruity drink. This is a simple drink that appeals to most everyone. It's a nice choice for parties because it's so easy and so well-received, but keep in mind it's got three ounces of vodka in … [Read more...]

Frightleberry Murzenquest

Frightleberry Murzenquest drink recipe with vodka, Galliano, Cointreau, Angustora bitters, lime and maraschino liqueur.

I love a cocktail with a memorable name, and the Frightleberry Murzenquest certainly fills that bill. Fortunately it also tastes good. It blends notes of orange, lime, cherry and vanilla with hints of spice. It's not a particularly sweet drink because it balances the flavors of sweet, sour and spicy … [Read more...]

Wild Sacramento

Wild Sacramento Drink Recipe: vodka, tequila, triple sec, gin, sour mix, bitters, lemon juice

The Wild Sacramento is one of those cocktails that's based on three liquors, some liqueurs and a touch of juice. It's on the strong side, and doesn't try to hide that fact. This drink is all about lemon and orange. If you use Hendrick's gin and a silver tequila, those notes will be even … [Read more...]

William’s Caramel Appletini

Caramel Appletini drink recipe: gin, Jolly Ranchers Vodka or Rum, Salted Caramel Vodka or Rum

Reader William Froment sent me this wonderful recipe he created with two of our popular infusions: Jolly Ranchers Vodka (or rum) and Salted Caramel Vodka (or rum). William prefers rum, and yes, vodka and rum are pretty much interchangeable in these infusions. Just make sure the rum or vodka you … [Read more...]

Spooky Juice

Spooky Juice drink recipe - Vodka, Blue Curacao, Grenadine, Orange Juice

The Spooky Juice cocktail is a murky green cocktail that tastes mainly like orange with just a hint of berry. It's obviously great for Halloween, but there's no reason to save it for that occasion. The flavor of this one is simple and easy to like. It's the visual effect that makes it … [Read more...]

Luscious Lou

Luscious Lou drink recipe - Orange Vodka, Cointreau, Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice, Club Soda

The Luscious Lou cocktail is as pretty as it is tasty. Instead of shaking it, you pour the ingredients right into the glass so they mix before your eyes, or the eyes of your guests. The cranberry juice settles as a layer under the orange juice, so it looks a bit like a Tequila Sunrise. This … [Read more...]

Beny Moré Cocktail

Beny More Cocktail recipe - Ginger Vodka, Cointreau, Lemon, Hibiscus Flower Syrup

The Beny Moré Cocktail  was created at Calle Dão restaurant in New York to celebrate National Vodka Day on October 4 and to honor Beny Moré, one of the greatest Cuban popular singers of all time. This cocktail is smooth and easy to love, even though it's complex. The flavors here are ginger, … [Read more...]

Ginger Dog

Ginger Dog drink recipe - Vodka, Powell & Mahoney Ginger, Grapefruit Juice

The Ginger Dog features the flavors of vodka, ginger and grapefruit, which is a most refreshing combination. For the ginger, it uses Powell & Mahoney's natural, handcrafted ginger mixer. This is a great cocktail for those who prefer their drinks less sweet. The spice of the ginger and the … [Read more...]