It could be argued that vodka is somewhat of a misunderstood drink. A lot of people solely think of it as a spirit best enjoyed when out on the town mixed with a fizzy drink or even neat as a shot. However, vodka is actually a brilliant spirit to use in cocktails; in fact some of the best loved cocktails out there would be nothing without a bit of vodka. Below is a selection of some of our favourite vodka cocktail recipes, all of which are incredibly simple to make and have been tried and tested by some of the best mixologists out there. The recipes even tell you what sort of glass you should be serving your cocktail in. So whether you're looking for a summery concoction to enjoy in the evening sun, or something soothing to finish the evening with, one of these vodka cocktail recipes is bound to tickle your fancy.

About vodka and vodka cocktails

Vodka is a distilled liquor which can be drunk both neat and as part of cocktails and has a minimum alcohol content of 37.5%. The main varieties of vodka originate from Russia, Poland and Sweden. Classic cocktails which can be made using vodka include the martini, the cosmopolitan, the screwdriver and the white Russian.

Standard vodka

Traditionally vodka is comprised almost entirely of water and ethanol, meaning that it doesn't have a particularly distinct taste other than of alcohol. However, differences is the distilling process lead to some vodkas being smoother to drink than others.

Flavoured vodka

In more recent times, it's become more common for brands to offer flavoured vodkas. These tend to be made the same way as standard vodka but are infused with flavourings after the distilling process. Flavoured vodkas can be used particularly effectively in cocktails.

Vodka FAQs

We answer some of the most common questions about the classic spirit.

What is vodka made from?

Vodka is most commonly made from fermented grains such as corn and wheat but some vodkas are made from grapes and even potatoes.

How is vodka made?

Vodka is made by distilling the liquid produced by the fermented grains to raise the alcohol level of the liquid. Sometimes the vodka is then filtered to remove any impurities so that the flavour of the product is very clean.

Where does vodka originate from?

Russia, Poland and Sweden all have a claim to being the home of vodka as historic versions of the drink have existed in all three countries since the 14th century. It's somewhat of a mystery how vodka was first invented though.