Sunday was National Vodka Day. We missed itbecause we pulled a late shift Saturday Night then got up early to open for the new Sunday NFL promotion and were so fried that we went straight to sleep after the Broncos game ended. But the thing about vodka is that it’s so versatile, it doesn’t really need a single day to honor it. Where we come from, every day is National Vodka Day.

To help you celebrate appropriately, here are ten fantastic vodka cocktails, complete with instructions on how to make them—and how to drink them right. Cheers!

THE BLOODY MARY

Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Drink this hefty concoction at your favorite greasy spoon to help revive yourself the morning after National Vodka Day.

  •          Pint glass
  •          Ice
  •          Vodka
  •          Horseradish
  •          Worcestershire
  •          Tabasco
  •          Black pepper
  •          Lemon
  •          Tomato juice

Fill a pint glass with ice. Into glass, pour 1½ oz vodka, a teaspoon of horseradish, two dashes each of Worcestershire sauce and tabasco, two grinds of fresh black pepper, and a squeeze of lemon. Fill glass with tomato juice, leaving about one inch of space at the top. Pour the mixture into a shaker (or another vessel because let’s be honest, your shaker is probably still dirty and in the sink from last night) and back into your pint glass to make sure it’s appropriately mixed. Garnish with another lemon wedge and a long stalk of celery as well as some pickled veggies if you want to get fancy.

 

THE COSMOPOLITAN

Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Imbibe this boozy pink charmer to show your lady friend how willing you are to share everything with her. Just don’t let your friends catch you.

  •          Martini glass
  •          Ice
  •          Shaker
  •          Cocktail strainer
  •          Vodka
  •          Cranberry juice
  •          Limes
  •          Orange liqueur (preferably Cointreau)

Fill your shaker with ice. Add 2 oz vodka, 1 oz orange liqueur, and 2 oz cranberry juice. Squeeze half a lime into the shaker, then add the expelled lime half into the mix as well—the oils will make the cocktail that much more delicious. Shake like crazy, then strain into your martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge..

 

THE MARTINI

Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Sip this classic cocktail while sporting a suit at a swanky top-floor hotel bar with a view as sexy as your date.

  •     Martini glass
  •     Ice
  •     Glass for stirring
  •     Bar spoon
  •     Cocktail strainer
  •     Your favorite vodka
  •     High-quality dry vermouth
  •     An olive, onion, or lemon twist

Fill your glass with ice, then add 2 oz vodka and ½ oz dry vermouth–don’t skimp on quality; go for a brand like Dolin that’s tasty all on its own. Stir the cocktail for 15 seconds or so, less if you’re using a flaky ice, more if you’re using larger cubes. Strain into your (preferably chilled) martini glass, then add your chosen garnish. Once you’ve practiced a few times, play around with the ratios until you find just the right balance of vodka to vermouth for you.

 

THE SALTY DOG

Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Enjoy this classic hangover killer at any ol’ bar, but preferably one that uses fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.

  •     Rocks glass
  •     Ice
  •     Salt in a dish
  •     Vodka
  •     Fresh grapefruit, halved

Run the rim of your glass on the grapefruit half, getting it slightly damp, then dip the rim into the salt. Fill the glass with ice, then add 1½ oz vodka. Juice a half grapefruit into the cocktail. Banish your hangover.

 

THE MOSCOW MULE

Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Sip this refreshing cocktail on a sunny patio at a bar with proper copper mugs.

Copper mug (optional, but they’re so cool-looking)

  • Ice
  • Vodka
  • Lime wedge
  • Ginger beer

Fill copper mug—or whatever boring, normal glass you’re using that isn’t a copper mug—with ice. Add 1½ oz vodka, then squeeze your lime wedge into the cocktail. Top with ginger beer. Admire your mug, then drink.

 

THE WHITE RUSSIAN

Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Guzzle this creamy standard while brushing up on the trials and tribulations of The Dude for the fiftieth time.

  • Rocks glass
  • Ice
  • Vodka
  • Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
  • Milk or cream

Fill your rocks glass with ice. Pour in 1 oz kahlua followed by 2 oz vodka. Top gently with 1 oz cream or milk, which should float nicely on top. Attempt the Lebowski Challenge like the boss you are.

 

THE GIMLET

Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Quaff this classic while doing your best Mad Men impression at any bar where the barkeep is wearing suspenders.

  • Martini glass
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Ice
  • Vodka
  • Limes
  • Simple syrup (make it with equal parts water and sugar)

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, then add 2 oz vodka, ¾ oz simple syrup, and the juice of one half of a lime. Shake like crazy, then strain into a martini glass. Want to get fancy? Float a thin, round slice of lime on top. Not feeling fancy? Substitute ¾ oz Rose’s Lime Juice instead of the simple syrup and fresh lime, but don’t blame me for your headache the next day.

 

THE JOHN DALY

Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Sip this refreshing concoction at the 19th hole. Don’t forget your argyle socks.

  • Pint glass
  • Ice
  • Vodka
  • Iced tea
  • Lemonade

Fill your pint glass with ice, then add 1½ oz vodka. Then add equal parts lemonade and iced tea to fill the glass. Toast to that one time you got a birdie.

 

THE LEMON DROP

Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Drink this tart beverage with your tart lady. Both will get sweeter the more you drink.

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice
  • Martini glass
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Sugar–preferably superfine–in a dish
  • Vodka
  • Orange liqueur
  • Lemons
  • Simple syrup

Rub a lemon wedge against the outside of your martini glass, then dip the dampened rim of the glass in the sugar to coat. Set aside. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, then add 1½ oz vodka, ½ oz orange liqueur, the juice of half a lemon, and ½ oz simple syrup. Shake like crazy, and strain into your prepared martini glass. For extra flair, slice a thin round of lemon, cut a notch in it, and set it on the side of the glass.

 

THE VESPER

Vodka Cocktail Recipes

While brooding in a dark corner of a mahogany-paneled bar, sip this martini and give off your most mysterious air.

  • Martini glass
  • Glass for stirring
  • Bar spoon
  • Ice
  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Lillet Blanc
  • Lemon
  • Vegetable peeler

Fill your stirring glass with ice, then add 2 oz vodka, 2 oz gin, and ½ oz Lillet Blanc. Stir for about 15 seconds—again, less if you have flaky, irregular ice cubes and more if you’re using big, solid cubes. Strain into your martini glass. Holding your lemon over the glass, peel yourself a nice strip of zest, then put the lemon and peeler aside. Expel the oils from the zest into the cocktail by firmly folding the peel in half with the yellow part toward the glass, then run the peel around the rim of the glass before tossing it into the cocktail. Sip—and brood over your favorite existential dilemma.