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11 Cocktails to Restore Your Faith in Vodka

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Every week there’s a new craze in the American bar scene, with more and more spirits coming in from around the world and ultra-popular liqueurs being developed right here in our own backyard. With all this fresh booze around, it’s easy for vodka to get lost in the mix, so it’s time to reconsider the forgotten bar star of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Vodka has a lot to offer (and we’re not just talking about the flavored stuff), especially when you mix up an impressive cocktail that’ll instantly reignite your passion for the crystal clear spirit. Here are a few of our favorite cocktails to make you love vodka again.

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This is not a standard Vodka Cran, nor is it a run of the mill Tom Collins. It combines the best aspects of those classics with fresh cranberries and lemonade to form a sweet-tart vodka cocktail that rises above the rest. It’ll remind you to drink vodka again and make you forget about all those boring vodka cocktails you’ve had in the past.

The Essentials

Vodka
Whole, Fresh Cranberries
Sparkling Lemonade
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This drink, made entirely in a dragon fruit, is cocktail kung fu of the highest order. Blending fresh raspberries (with coconut water, lime and agave) creates tiny modules that resemble dragon fruit seeds, so the finished drink looks like a cross section of the fruit.

The Essentials

Vodka
Dragon Fruit
coconut water
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Slushie cocktails are exciting, especially when they’re made in a no-frills plastic baggie. Equal parts laid back vibes and gingery frozen fun, these Moscow Mules ditch the metallic mugs in favor of a more portable, Instagrammable format. Take one on the go as you run away from the tedious Mule of your past.

The Essentials

Vodka
Ginger Beer
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If you’re bored of the spicy Bloody after one too many unsatisfying renditions, this Flamin’ Hot Cheetos remix will wake you up to an exciting new school variation of the go-to brunch tipple.

The Essentials

Vodka
Tomato juice
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
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Spice up your Vodka Soda routine by injecting the bubble-topped tipple with allspice, clove and cinnamon, along with fresh orange juice and cranberries. The zip of the syrup amps up the soda’s bubbles and blasts your palate with a fruity refresher. It’s as addicting as cranberry sauce but way better because it contains booze.

The Essentials

Vodka
Spiced-Cranberry Syrup
Soda Water
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Vodka Red Bull is the one drink guaranteed to get you amped about drinking the spirit, but the one-two punch of booze and energy drink doesn’t quite qualify as a refined cocktail. Dressing it up as a Cosmo makes the wild drink a little more accessible, and blending the whole thing into a slushie takes the energy level down a notch to easier, breezier vibes.

The Essentials

Vodka
triple sec
Red Bull
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If you’re not excited by candy, we don’t want to be friends with you. This playful take on a sour lands somewhere between a Vodka Gimlet and the classic ‘90s gummy candy. It’s even garnished with a skewer of Gushers in place of Martini olives, reminiscent of plastic toy foods like hamburgers and hotdogs. It’ll take you right back to those days when vodka was the coolest.

The Essentials

Vodka
Strawberry oleo saccharum
Strawberry gushers
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Here’s a formula for making cocktails more loveable: Make cocktail, insert popsicle, enjoy. Cooling your coupe of Cosmo with a cranberry-orange-flavored popsicle is an instant way to revive that old vodka spark in your heart. It’s a perfect icy treat for the dog days of summer.

The Essentials

vodka
lime juice
Cranberry Juice
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We aren’t shy about our love for Jello Shots here at Supercall, but even we’re impressed by these Sex on the Beach-inspired edibles. All the classic flavors of the guilty pleasure cocktail are distilled down to wobbly shot form, without all of the embarrassing ordering hullabaloo.

The Essentials

cranberry juice cocktail
orange Jell-O
vodka
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The Progress Martini is here to drive your vodka devotion over the line. Smoky mesquite-infused olive brine is mixed with vodka for a Martini straight from the barbecue pit. It’s the meatiest, spiciest, most aromatic vodka cocktail you’ll have this side of Texas.

The Essentials

Gin
Smoked Olive
Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
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Before you complain that we only included newfangled recipes in this roundup, consider the Chi Chi. Though it lives in the long, rummy shadow of the Piña Colada, this vodka-based variation provides cleaner pineapple-coconut flavor than its more popular cousin. This is the cocktail that will time warp you right back to vodka’s heyday.

The Essentials

vodka
coconut cream
pineapple juice

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