Although vodka is currently the number one selling spirit in the world, many people are still unsure of how to drink vodka and sadly stick with the same old drinks over and over. That is unfortunate, as vodka is a versatile liquor that can be enjoyed mixed or straight up. Lately, flavored vodkas have become all the rage. In addition to fruit- and herb-flavored vodkas, there are now even such oddities as salmon- and bacon-flavored vodkas.
To drink vodka, you should have:
- Mix it! Bartenders consider vodka to be a neutral alcohol because it has virtually no taste and blends smoothly with everything you mix it with. Treat yourself or your guests to these all-time vodka favorites. Start your morning with a Bloody Mary. Just shake together one and half ounces (a jigger) of vodka, a half cup of tomato juice, two teaspoons of fresh lemon juice, a dash of Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces, salt and pepper. Serve it over ice and garnish the glass with a celery stick. Have you ever wondered how to make the original martini from the James Bond book, "Casino Royale?" Just shake together three ounces of gin, one ounce of vodka and half an ounce of Lillet Blanc wine with ice (in the book, James Bond specifies Lillet not vermouth be used in his martini). Strain into a chilled martini glass and add a twist of lemon as a garnish. If you want to be a hit with the women at your next gathering, learn how to make a Cosmopolitan. Vigorously shake together one ounce of vodka, a half ounce triple sec, a half ounce of Rose’s lime juice and a half ounce of cranberry juice in a shaker over ice, then strain into a martini glass.
- Shoot it! Make these popular college favorites for your next party. To make classic Kamikaze shots, shake well one part vodka, one part triple sec and one part lime juice. Shots with provocative names are, just face it, fun to shout out. To make a Bloody Rectum, pour one ounce of Kahlua, a half ounce of vodka and a splash of grenadine syrup, in that order, into a shot glass. Of course, by the end of the night, who doesn't want to give a woman a Screaming Orgasm? Just stir together one part Amaretto, one part Bailey’s Irish Cream and one part vodka and serve over ice.
- Enjoy it straight up and ice cold. Vodka connoisseurs drink it straight, using only high quality vodkas that have been chilled in the freezer prior to serving. Pour a small amount into shot glasses. Like wine, you should inhale the aroma before drinking. Some people like to sip their vodkas, while others prefer to gulp it. Good quality, chilled flavored or infused vodkas are popular for sipping straight. Flavored vodkas have the flavoring added during the distillation, while infused vodkas are regular vodkas that have had flavoring agents added to them after distillation.
- Eat it: Technically this is not a way to drink vodka, but these are two fun ways to consume vodka. Make a drunken watermelon. Just cut a hole in a watermelon big enough and deep enough for a funnel, then pour vodka into it. Let the watermelon sit for a day, and then add some more alcohol before serving, as the watermelon will have absorbed much of the vodka from the day before. Jello shots are probably the most popular way to eat vodka. Just mix one large packet of Jello with boiling water until it fully dissolves. Mix in six ounces of cold water and ten ounces of vodka and then pour the mixture into little paper cups or shot glasses and refrigerate.
Lastly, make sure not to overindulge. Because vodka is relatively tasteless, it is easy to over-consume it in mixed drinks and not even be aware of how much you are drinking. Be especially careful when drinking shots. Always remember to have a designated driver when drinking alcohol.