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7 Vodka Cocktails Everyone Should Memorize

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If you finally feel that you’ve mastered some drink-mixing basics like shaking and stirring, there are a few concrete steps you can take to reach the next level in your quest for cocktail expertise. You can make sure your home bar is well stocked or pick up a few new bar tools, but if you want to look extra impressive when someone comes to your place, you should commit some cocktails to memory. When it comes to drinks, nothing looks more professional than someone confidently striding to the bar and filling a shaker without thinking twice about it. Here, seven vodka cocktails that are worth memorizing.

If you’re looking to memorize something, it helps when all the ingredients are right there in the name. The only thing you really have to remember is how much vodka to add.

The Essentials

Vodka
soda

The Moscow Mule is consistently one of the most popular drinks in the world for good reason. It’s refreshing and so, so simple to make. All you have to do is pour a few ingredients into a waiting copper mug and give a quick stir.

The Essentials

Vodka
Lime Juice
Ginger Beer
If you’re hosting brunch, the Greyhound is one vodka cocktail you should have ready in your back pocket. The mix of vodka and grapefruit juice is just as brunch-appropriate as a Bloody Mary, but easier to make and easier to remember thanks to its short ingredient list.

The Essentials

Vodka
Grapefruit Juice
A two-to-one ratio of orange juice to vodka is all you need to remember to mix a successful Screwdriver. That makes this weekend morning favorite easy to make for parties of two or 20.

The Essentials

orange juice
vodka

We want to go on record saying that if someone asks for a “Martini” you should be serving them a drink made with gin and dry vermouth. But hey, not everyone is into gin. And so the Vodka Martini and its five-to-one ratio of vodka to vermouth should be in your repertoire too.

The Essentials

Vodka
Dry vermouth

Like the Vodka Martini, the Vodka Gimlet is a version of a gin classic for those who don’t want the other flavors of the drink crowded out by the sometimes heavy botanicals of gin. But while the vodka versions of both the Martini and the Gimlet likely have similar origin stories, we think the tart Gimlet takes to vodka a bit better.

The Essentials

Vodka
Simple Syrup
Lime Juice
The Cosmo gets a bad rap as a “girly ‘90s drink.” But while it might have grown in popularity during the cocktail dark ages, it is an important part of drinking history. And just because lots of bars out there were making lousy, saccharine versions of the Cosmo doesn’t mean you have to. As you imprint the recipe in your brain, remember that the cranberry and lime juices should be real and fresh, and you’ll have a winning recipe.

The Essentials

Citrus Vodka
Cointreau
Cranberry Juice

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