This summer seemed a little slow in appearing, but it looks as though it has finally arrived. When the sun comes out, it can only mean one thing; it’s time for cocktails, Sunny friends!
We’re going to look at a few great cocktail choices that you can make with the most versatile of spirits: vodka.
Whether you’re having some friends round for a barbecue, hosting a party, or just taking it easy on a sun lounger in your back garden. These vodka cocktails are as refreshing as they are cheeky.
Formerly known as the Adam’s Apple, after the bartender who invented it, the Appletini is a simple, modern classic. Mix equal measures of vodka and cloudy apple juice together, add in some maple syrup, lemon juice and crushed ice. Shake well, then serve. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
A classic cocktail, which is essential for any discerning vodka drinkers repertoire. You can play around with the recipe to give it a bit of extra kick if you like. Mix two parts vodka with four parts tomato juice. Then add four dashes of Worcestershire sauce and four of tabasco sauce. Throw in a bit of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Shake well with crushed ice, serve and garnish with celery.
Versions of the Cosmo have been floating around for decades. Versions of it were possibly drunk as early as the 1930s. It’s so tasty; it’ll never go out of style. To make it, take 50ml of lemon vodka, mix with a dash of orange liqueur (use triple sec), a dash of lime juice and 50mls of cranberry juice. Add crushed ice. Shake, and then serve.
Traditionally served in a copper cup, the Moscow mule is sometimes known as a Vodka Buck. Mix 9 parts ginger beer with one part vodka, add a dash of lime. Shake, and then serve garnished with a wedge of lime.
An all-time classic cocktail, the screwdriver is another that has likely been drunk since the 1930s. It’s ridiculously simple to make, as it has just two ingredients. Mix two parts vodka, with four parts orange juice. Throw in some crushed ice. Shake, and then serve. Couldn’t be simpler. If you’re up for a more interesting variation and have some Galiano knocking around, throw a measure of that in too, and you’ll have yourself a Harvey Wallbanger.
The party time cocktail, Woo Woo is quite refreshing on a hot summer’s day. Mix two parts vodka, one part peach schnapps and four parts cranberry juice. Mix with ice, shake. Then serve in a high ball glass, with a garnish of lime.
Sex on the Beach
First made in Florida in the 1980s, sex on the beach became popular with the rise of peach schnapps. Very similar to the Woo Woo, only add orange juice too. It was my favourite cocktail when I was at Florida State University.
If you want a kick from your cocktail though, try the Sex On Fire variation by adding Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.
This is a contributed post on Sunny in London.