Lately I've been accumulating lots of bits and ends from my cooking: a leftover knob of ginger here, a bundle of beet and carrot tops there, and a mound of watermelon rinds left over from my first gorging session of the watermelon season. While the beet and carrot tops will eventually find their way into a stock or maybe a pesto, the inch of ginger and the watermelon rinds inspired this fizzy cocktail.
'vodka' on Serious Eats
Watermelon rind finds a new life as a tender-crisp cocktail garnish in this sparkling sweet and spicy cocktail.
Vodka purists like to think that if it's not distilled from wheat, rye, or potatoes, it's not really vodka. But legally, vodka can be distilled from just about anything that ferments. Here are five of our favorite off-the-beaten-path brands—vodkas that will make you say, "Whoa, what is that?" as well as, "That's delicious!" (Though not necessarily in that order.)
Thai dipping sauce goes cocktail in this fish sauce-spiked Bloody Mary, seasoned with spicy sambal oelek, cilantro, and lime. It's topped with a glug of beer for some effervescence and garnished with a sprinkle of crunchy fried shallots.
If your plans for the day involve swinging in a hammock or enjoying an outdoor brunch with friends, make a pitcher of this cocktail featuring mint, ginger, citrus, and black tea.
Just because your "home bar" is actually just one lone bottle of vodka doesn't mean you can't enjoy some standout cocktails. We've got nine great drink recipes that require nothing more than vodka and a quick trip to the grocery store.
Juicy summer strawberries are combined with tart lime juice and bright mint in this sweet and sour effervescent vodka cocktail. It's light, not too sugary, and eminently day-drinkable.
Orange marmalade may be sweet, but it also offers an underlying bitterness reminiscent of burnt caramel. Lemon juice helps the citrus sing while honey mellows the whole thing out in this intensely flavorful vodka sour. It's the kind of versatile cocktail that's equally appropriate day or night, all year round.
Salty Dogs are great with gin, but we like to use vodka in this rendition—its more neutral flavor lets the interplay of bitter grapefruit and woodsy thyme take center stage. The cocktail's signature salt-coated rim gives the tart, herbal combo a welcome jolt.
This cocktail pays homage to both the egg and the colorful arrival of spring. It begins with lemongrass, which offers a more subdued grassy and just-bloomed floral flavor than the punchy citrus we've been eating all winter. Vodka provides a neutral backdrop so the lemongrass can shine.
Lemongrass infused vodka—combined with lemon bitters suspended on a head of eggwhite foam—makes for a light and delicately citrusy spring cocktail.
Here are 10 flavored vodkas that have won over even the biggest flavored vodka cynic—yours truly.
The Bloody Mary isn't much like most classic cocktails. Today, we delve into this classic brunch drink's history and figure out whether you should really use it as a vehicle for cheap vodka. Got a hangover to cure? Read on...
This vodka from Suntory is made from 100% Japanese rice and water sourced from the island of Kyushu. The rice mash is distilled in small pot stills and clarified through a bamboo filtration process.
Two confessions. One: I love cocktails. Two: I am lazy. Well, lazy when it comes to making cocktails. I refuse to consider making a drink with an ingredient list that requires six new hard-to-find bottles or a consultation with a dictionary. This laziness has caused "cocktail hour" at my house to become essentially "glass-of-wine hour", which is frankly getting pretty boring. Here's a simple drink to switch things up.
This simple tart cherry cocktail is the perfect antidote to mid-winter gloom.
Now, you can add Sriracha flavored booze into your favorite cocktail. You may begin rejoicing.
The first thing you should know about this review is that I volunteered to do it. I'm not typically a vodka drinker, let alone a flavored vodka drinker, but when the bottle of Cinnabon vodka showed up at our office, I figured what the hell, and brought it home for Thanksgiving.
Vodka drinks are creeping back into the cocktail scene—especially those featuring vodkas from small-batch distillers. Here are five great cocktail recipes to help you get reacquainted with vodka at home.
Not unlike a ripe, in-season tomato, the tomato vodka in this drink doesn't need a lot to dress it up. This is the cocktail equivalent of slicing up a beefsteak and showering it with crunchy salt.