Communities all over the world are gathering together once more for nightly outings and pool-side parties. While we reunite with our friends and family again, cocktail enthusiasts everywhere are once more debating the most popular mixed drink. Whether your preference is a Bloody Mary by the ocean or an espresso martini at a fancy dinner party—vodka takes the cake as the perfect pairing for any summer celebration.
Vodka Has the Drink for You.
Vodka might seem intimidating at first glance. Typically ranging from 35% ABV (alcohol by volume) all the way to top shelf varieties with 96% ABV, Vodka packs a flavor-filled punch that is sure to beat the summer heat. Wondering what to make? The options are endless! Martinis, Cosmopolitans, Moscow Mules, and Black Russians are just a few of the most popular mixed drinks that utilize Vodka.
Can’t handle bitter notes? Try an Apple Martini with sweet and sour flavors. Perhaps you enjoy a “one and done” strong cocktail? Try a Godmother on the Rocks—with bitters, hints of amaretto, and a subtle sweetness, this drink is the perfect ending to an evening. Before you make any of these drinks, however, remember: with vodka, often, less is more. With most mixed drink recipes only calling for a shot or less, vodka is also an economical choice, when it comes time to choose what to pick up at your local liquor store. But, what types of vodka are out there?
There are three main types of vodka you can purchase:
Traditional plain vodka has the highest ABV of the three varieties, at numbers that beat out most other liquor as well. With lower shelf bottles containing anywhere from 60% ABV all the way up to the 95%-96% ABV top tier bottles, plain vodka is a potent specialty liquor. Historically used medicinally as a fast-acting pain reliever, plain vodka really has no taste, depending on what it is made from. Some, like potato vodkas, do have their own unique flavor. With some relating the smell to that of ethanol, its typical uses are with spirits or in fruitier cocktails. Usually requiring a chaser, plain vodka is a powerful, distilled option.
Fruit and Herbal Vodka (Infusions)
Infused vodka goes through the lengthy process of steeping in a variety of herbal and fruity flavors. These whimsical infusions are sure to impress your dinner party guests. Easily done even at home, the process of steeping plain vodka in herbs like mint, lemon balm or orange peels will make the yummiest drink for a summer bonfire.
Flavored vodkas are a fantastic option to spice up an ordinary evening. The versatility in flavors now opens up an entirely new realm of possibilities in cocktails. With shocking flavors like
salted caramel and birthday cake, flavored vodka is growing in popularity amongst bakers, chefs and home bartending enthusiasts.
Make the Cocktail of Your Summer Dreams—Bliss on the Beach
What you’ll need:
– 1 1/2 ounces of Popov vodka
– 1/2 ounce of creme de cassis liqueur
– 3/4 ounce peach schnapps
– 2 ounces of cranberry juice
– 2 ounces of orange juice
– Maraschino cherry (optional garnish)
– Orange slice (optional garnish)
Popov Vodka is a powerful vodka at a great price and can be found on our shelves at Payless Liquors. Order a bottle online today and try it straight or whip up a delicious cocktail sure to impress your friends and family!