Oct 4 is celebrated as national Vodka’s day, a spirited holiday devoted to one of America’s most popular liquors. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, vodka has become the “backbone of the spirits industry, accounting for 31% of all volumes,” with 74.1 million nine-liter cases sold in the U.S. last year. Driving this growth is the popularity of flavored vodkas, which make up about 22% of all vodkas sold, according to the council.
For Vodka lovers, this is an opportunity to indulge in boozy cocktails. The fun part is, you don’t even have to be American to enjoy these recipes. we’ve rounded up vodka cocktail recipes from some of the country’s most popular brands, as well as some brands you might not have heard of yet. And of course, you can always sub in your own vodka of choice.
Black Diamond Martini
- 2 oz. Carbonadi Vodka
- Lemon twist to garnish
Directions: In a mixing glass filled with ice, add Carbonadi. Stir quickly to chill and dilute the drink properly, about 20 seconds. Strain into a well-chilled martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
New Amsterdam Pumpkin Cider
- 2 parts New Amsterdam Vodka 80 Proof
- 0.5 part lemon sour
- 0.5 part Real Pumpkin Syrup
- Equal parts apple cider and ginger beer to fill
Batch Directions: Add ingredients into a punch bowl filled with ice, and stir together to combine and chill. Pour into glasses (or hollowed-out mini pumpkins) filled with ice, and garnish with blood orange wheels and apple slices as desired.
Grey Goose Hot Apple Pie
- 1 oz. Grey Goose La Poire vodka
- 0.75 oz. B&B
- 0.5 oz. maple syrup
- 0.5 oz. lemon juice
- 4 oz. unfiltered apple cider
- 1 cinnamon stick
Directions: Stir and strain into your favorite old-fashioned glass full of ice or serve hot. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon wheel.
Pear of Thieves
- 1 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
- 0.5 oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur
- 0.25 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz. fresh pear juice
- 1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
Directions: Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.
Chase Vodka Espresso Martini
- 2 oz. Chase Original Potato Vodka
- 1 oz. freshly brewed espresso
- 0.5 oz. coffee liqueur
- 0.5 oz. simple syrup
Directions: Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Double strain into a martini or coupe glass, and garnish with a couple of coffee beans.