Vodka cocktails sometimes get a bad rap, but some of the most refreshing drinks showcase the clear spirit beautifully. Here are 14 of our favorite vodka cocktail recipes, primed for summer sipping.
Fresh mint syrup adds an herbal edge to this cocktail, and a splash of Cynar lends a layer of earthiness.
April in Paris
A bouquet of sweetly floral and herbal flavors fill this summery highball.
Basil makes this cooler from Charleston super fresh.
Cel-Ray Spring Tonic
This seasonal tonic recipe updates the celery soda with vodka and cucumber.
This cobbler is all about the garnishes, so feel free to take yours over the top.
Flame of Love
Created at a Beverly Hills bar for Dean Martin, the Flame of Love was purportedly also a hit with Frank Sinatra.
An essential drink of the ’70s disco and fern-bar era, the Harvey Wallbanger was made for summer sipping.
Isn’t She Lovely
Grapefruit juice and elderflower liqueur lead the charge in this floral cocktail.
Rosemary syrup lends herbaceousness to this bright pink number from Texas.
This recipe is as adaptable as cocktails get—mix in whichever spirit and jam you have on hand, then adjust the sweetness to taste.
One of the most famous classic vodka cocktails, the Moscow Mule is the definition of refreshing with snappy ginger beer and a squeeze of lime.
Old Town Punch
A crowd-pleasing combo of elderflower, Aperol, lemon and vodka.
Peach Tea Lemonade
Sweet peach purée blends well with the dark, tannic notes of black tea in this grown-up lemonade.
Black cherry soda gives this spunky vodka cocktail it’s dark red hue.