Martini recipeVodka is often served neat, but it also pairs well with any type of mixer, making it the most common distilled spirit used in cocktails. There are thousands of vodka recipes, so you’re sure to find a cocktail suitable for everyone’s taste. Within this extensive list are a few essential vodka recipes every bartender should know, even if you’re just mixing drinks for at-home gatherings. Pascale’s Liquors can help you find the perfect vodka and mixers to use in these popular cocktails.

Vodka Martini

This tasty cocktail is basically a vodka-based version of a classic gin martini. In a shaker of ice, blend two to three ounces of vodka with a splash of vermouth. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with olives and/or a twist of lemon. The less vermouth you add, the drier the martini or add a little olive juice for a “dirty” martini.


The Cosmo is a timeless classic. For a four-ounce drink served in a martini glass, blend these ingredients in a shaker of ice:

  • Two ounces vodka
  • One ounce cranberry juice
  • Half ounce Cointreau or orange-flavored liqueur
  • Half ounce lime juice
  • Garnish with a lime wedge or lemon twist.


This versatile cocktail is great for everything from brunch to happy hour. It’s also one of the easiest to make. In a footed highball glass, simply combine your desired amounts of vodka versus orange juice. Garnish with an orange slice and/or maraschino cherry for a tasty embellishment.

Bloody Mary

This classic cocktail has been a popular breakfast/brunch choice and has been used as a hangover cure for decades. While there are many variants, standard versions contain the same basic ingredients. Serve over ice in a hurricane glass or highball tumbler, using:

  • Two ounces vodka
  • Three ounces tomato juice
  • Half ounce lemon juice
  • Half teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco sauce (to taste)
  • Pinch pepper
  • Pinch salt
  • Quarter teaspoon celery salt
  • Half tablespoon horseradish (optional)

Customize the recipe by altering the amount of any ingredient to make the perfect blend for your palate. Garnishments can run the gamut, from the typical celery stalk to the more creative like pickle spears, candied bacon or pickled asparagus.

Sea Breeze

A Sea Breeze is a cocktail containing vodka with cranberry juice and grapefruit juice. The cocktail is usually consumed during summer months. The drink may be shaken to create a foamy surface. It is considered an IBA Official Cocktail.

  • 4 oz Cranberry juice
  • 1 1/3 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Grapefruit juice

To mix this drink build all ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice. You can add a lime wedge or slice for garnish.

Pascale’s Liquors at 7401 Oswego Road in Liverpool, New York, carries a wide selection of vodka brands from top shelf to budget-conscious selections. Let our friendly staff help you create the perfect vodka recipes for your next party.