To be considered for the list of Easy Vodka Beverages, these drinks were required to be not just super easy but simultaneously absolutely scrumptious. Included in our considerations for easy vodka beverages was that the could consist of no more than 2 ingredients (and you know what ?… one of the two components is definitely vodka!). Besides that, we came to the conclusion the phrase “easy” meant there has to be positively no hard labor involved, such as shaking, muddling, mixing, layering – blah, blah, blah. The only thing we desire to do is squander a few seconds pouring mixables into a tumbler and walk away with a yummy refreshing cocktail. Ah, yes, instantaneous pleasure at its finest! As soon as you read through each of the easy vodka cocktails recipes and commentaries listed below, you will certainly notice us state this next subject over and over again, nonetheless we believe it is very important: the majority of the simple vodka cocktails mentioned below will definitely taste a great deal better and can be served a good deal stronger when they are poured over plenty of ice – so bear that in mind when acquiring your mixers and pick up a bag of ice unless you have a good source where you’ll end up savoring your cocktails. Can you enjoy these drinks in the absence of ice? Most definitely – and especially should you keep the vodka in the freezer and your mixers in the refrigerator.

1: Vodka Shot / Frozen Vodka Shot

1.5 Oz. Vodka
Pour into shot glass enjoy

Okay, you asked for simple vodka beverages, well, this is pretty much as easy as it will get. Simply pour vodka into a shot glass and take it back. By all means we never mean to lessen the glory and the simplicity of “a regular” vodka shot, but we really should point out that the shots will be a LOT better if served “frozen”. Amongst all the easy vodka drinks – actually of all the alcoholic beverages in the galaxy – the frozen vodka shot is our primary all time most beloved. For Frozen Vodka Shots, the vodka is required to be put into the freezer long enough to become “frozen”. Actually it does not really freeze nevertheless it does get somewhat syrupy and pour more slowly – and you’ll certainly notice the difference in how it tastes and flows whenever it arrives at the proper coldness. For best results, it should be poured into a frozen shot glass – so just put your shot glasses into the freezer whenever you put the vodka in there. We love to to wash/rinse the shot glasses right before putting them in the freezer and, in lieu of drying them, merely shake the extra water off them and put them in rim down on the freezer shelf. By doing this they get a light glazing of ice about them that’s awesome. Just pour the frozen vodka inside the frozen shot glass. Some folks like to warm the shot by grasping the glass in their hand for just a moment to take a little of the “bite” from it from being so danged cold – but really, we favor it icy as hell! When you’re ready, have the shot and enjoy what many think is, bar none, the most notable of the easy vodka beverages! Be sure to wash and rinse the glasses immediately and put them back in the freezer so they will be ready for the next round.

2: Vodka on the Rocks

2.0 Oz. Vodka
Pour over ice and stir

When it comes to easy vodka beverages, this is the second easiest of all after shots. This cocktail can be shaken, stirred, or simply poured. Although we would rather have frozen shots above all else, many times when the freezer is bare (like after a big party), and we return home with a warm bottle of vodka this drink is acceptable for a drink or two whilst the bottle is chilling in the freezer. Even though we’re not in the least scared of taking warm vodka shots – the flavour is so much better if it is frosty cold! We have a couple of friends who hate straight vodka shots, but who nonetheless enjoy drinking it on the rocks. As we mention for all the other easy vodka drinks, most mixed drinks taste better and can be served quite a bit stronger when poured over ice, so the same principle must surely apply here. Since vodka is a natural anti-freeze, it lowers the melting point of the ice and it melts faster than would in water and this dilutes the vodka. It also causes the temperature of the drink to go below 32 degrees, and the extra coldness can be quite refreshing. Of course some self proclaimed “vodka purists” scoff at drinking vodka on the rocks because it becomes “watered down” as the ice melts. However, vodka comes out of the still at a concentration considerably higher than 80 or even 100 proof. So how do you think they magically get it back down to a concentration that won’t burn a hole in your stomach lining? They add water! So, the moral of the story is that ALL vodka, except for Everclear 190, is “watered down”. So if you happen to enjoy the taste of vodka at some concentration other than the standard 80 proof available at the liquor store, then dangit, more power to you!

3: Screwdriver (AKA Vodka and Orange)

1.5 Oz. Vodka
4.5 Oz. Orange Juice
Pour over ice and stir

Few drinks – and probably no vodka beverages – are better known than the vodka screwdriver. When it comes to easy vodka cocktails, this is certainly an all time favorite – and we can’t think of a better way to get your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C! It’ll take a little trial and error to get your own favorite ratio for this drink down and we tend to mix these a little on the light side because both of us think that OJ with too much vodka in it just tastes like OJ that has sat out a few days too long – everyone’s tastes vary of course and you may prefer a stronger screwdriver. A good place to start is about 1 part vodka to 3 parts OJ. And of course, as is true for all the other simple vodka drinks, if you pour over a glass full of ice, you will likely find that you can mix a lot stronger.

4: Greyhound (AKA Vodka and Grapefruit)

2.0 Oz. Vodka
4.0 Oz Grapefruit Juice
Pour over ice and stir

One of the simplest and most tasty vodka cocktails in the galaxy, the greyhound is very smooth – a great deal smoother than a vodka screwdriver in our opinion – so even if you’re not a fan of grapefruit juice, this drink may well be worthy of trying. For people who appreciate grapefruit juice anyway, this drink is a slam dunk. All citrus fruits blend nicely with vodka, even so, the completely unique flavor of the grapefruit seems to almost faultlessly disguise the taste of alcohol. Most people will find that the greyhound can be mixed considerably stronger than a screwdriver without taking on the distinctive alcohol bite. One part vodka to 2 parts grapefruit juice is a good proportion to begin with. You will discover your own private sweet spot in a short time – and as is the situation for the other easy vodka beverages, if you pour over a glass full of ice, you’re able to mix a stronger drink to start with.

5: Vodka Lemonade

2.0 Oz. Vodka
4.0 Oz Grapefruit Juice
Pour Over ice and stir

Most of the citrus fruits mix quite well with vodka, and lemon is not an exception. Lemon has a notably tangier flavor than orange and this has a tendency to mask the bite of the alcohol a little better. It may therefore be blended and served somewhat stronger than your typical screwdriver especially if you mix your lemonade just a touch on the sour side. 1 part vodka to two parts lemonade is a nice starting point. Like other easy vodka drinks, if you pour over a glass full of ice, you will find that you’re able to mix it a lot stronger than if you do not use ice at all.

6: Vodka Tonic

2.0 Oz. Vodka
4.0 Oz. Tonic Water
Pour over ice and stir

Tonic water boasts a fairly unique background going back centuries to the colonial period. Genuine tonic water includes quinine, a bitter substance obtained from the bark a tree that came from Peru. In colonial times, drinking a tonic of quinine was the way to minimize the risk of malaria in tropical areas and therefore it played a vital role in enabling European colonization. At that time the English colonials began adding gin to the bitter medication to help take the edge off the not quite perfectly delightful flavor and consequently the gin and tonic was born. In modern times, tonic water contains just a small fraction of the quinine that was found in the medicinal variety – if it possesses any quinine at all (quite a few products only contain quinine flavoring without any true quinine – however many still do include the real thing). Yet another interesting thing about quinine is that it is fluorescent and will glow beneath a blacklight. This can be employed to stunning effect at parties when making drinks or Jello shots with quinine containing tonic water (providing you have a blacklight around needless to say). So, to make a long story short, it’s actually bitterness of the tonic water which makes it an outstanding drink mixer. The bitter flavor tends to hide the taste of the alcohol. Including a garnish of lime or lemon is a pleasant touch for this beverage since a tiny squeeze of lemon or lime will add a great deal of flavor to the blend. A good ratio to get started playing with for this beverage is around one part vodka to 2 parts tonic water. Of course, as we’ve pointed out on all of the other simple vodka beverages, if you pour over plenty of ice, you can mix it stronger.

7: Cape Cod (AKA Vodka and Cranberry)

2.0 Oz. Vodka
4.0 Oz. Cranberry Juice
Pour over ice and stir

If by now you are starting to get the idea that any liquid that has a tart and lively flavor might be worth trying with vodka in it, you have stumbled upon one of the basic laws of the universe like gravity. Of course we are not saying that they will all taste great, but dangit they are definitely all worth trying. Anyway, few things have a more tart and lively flavor than cranberry juice and, as it turns out, few things make a better mixer for vodka. The Cape Cod, or Vodka and Cran is one of the classic vodka drink. Several other classic vodka cocktails are just simple variations on vodka and cran such as the Sea Breeze which adds grapefruit juice or the Cosmopolitan which adds an orange liqueur like triple sec. We prefer to use 100% unsweetened cranberry juice for making our vodka and crans because the bitterness allows for mixing a much stronger drink. And of course, as with the rest of the simple vodka cocktails, if you pour over lots of ice, you can mix it even stronger. Try a ratio of 1 part vodka to 2 parts cranberry juice for starters and adjust from there.

8: Vodka and Red Bull

The medical community advises against mixing alcohol and energy beverages and of course we suggest you ALWAYS do what they say. Don’t drink, don’t smoke and don’t let strangers put things in your butt. This is all sound medical advice and worth listening to, just as we obviously always do! Therefore, as a disclaimer, the following recipe and discussion are provided for your informational and research purposes only. But no matter what anybody says, we are pretty sure these kind of cocktails are perfectly safe as long as you are very careful to not get any in your mouth.

VRB

2.0 Oz. Vodka
4.0 Oz. Red Bull Energy Drink
Pour over ice and stir

We’ve never been admirers of the flavor of Red Bull on its own. Nonetheless we’ve learned that it is surprisingly scrumptious when blended with vodka and poured over ice. This is also true of a wide variety of other energy beverages that normally find a way to taste more or less just like raw ass all on their own but function rather well as a drink mixer or chaser. You might almost be led to believe the darned things had been purposefully designed to be great drink mixers. Whatever the case, a lot of them do make delicious and very simple vodka beverages. And unless you are a caffeine junky having a high tolerance, the effects of these simple vodka cocktails can be rather electrifying. For VRB we have found a ratio of about 1 part vodka to two parts Red Bull to be a suitable starting point, and it is best if poured over some ice. When it comes to possible harmful effects of mixing alcohol and caffeinated beverages, we are able to vouch for the undeniable fact that it is undoubtedly more challenging to tell how drunk you are getting when pounding such beverages down. This greatly increases the chances of achieving the state of obnoxious inebriation, blackout, or even alcohol poisoning without even realizing you are going past your normal limits. The day after overindulging with such beverages can be rather brutal too. The flipside of the cheap irritating high derived from consuming too many energy drinks is, by itself, about as amusing as a day in Catholic Sunday school. Add that to the normal green and fuzziness of a regular hangover and you will end up never-again-ing it for at least a day or two before you begin to feel semi-normal once again. Do we still drink them? Of course we do, but only early on and only one to two before switching to non-caffeinated cocktails. Unless you are a total magician at pacing yourself, with Rain-Man-like drink counting capabilities, or possibly have got a new liver already packed in ice and waiting for you at the transplant center, we’d suggest that you think twice before making an entire evening of consuming these easy vodka drinks.

9: Vodka & 7

2.0 Oz. Vodka
4.0 Oz Lemon Lime Soda (7Up, Sprite, etc.)
Pour over ice and stir

Considering the supreme mixability of vodka with citrus fruit juices of all types, this beverage is more of less a no brainer – at least on the face of it. In our opinion, Sprite, as well as a lot of the generic lemon lime sodas start out a bit too sweet and don’t have intense enough carbonation to really bury the flavour of the alcohol like some other mixers do. 7 Up on the other hand has a bit more of a carbonated bite and can be mixed a bit stronger before the vodka starts to really rule the taste of the mixture. In any case, adding a little squeeze of lemon or lime can boost these soda based easy vodka beverages to another level of deliciousness.

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