I hate mixing my vodka with other drinks and liquids, but it’s best to leave the shot glass at home when you go on social outings. This list compiles the most popular mixers that work well with vodka. It highlights the drinks that have been made popular and introduces new drinks that you would enjoy in the company of others.
Vodka is one of the most universal spirit drinks. You can mix it with just about anything. However, everything has its own tastes and limits, so this is why I’ve compiled a list of 10 most popular vodka cocktail mixers.
So on with the list of the 10 most popular vodka cocktail mixers.
1. Orange Juice:
This is the most popular and also the most classic vodka mixers that everyone has been using for years at weddings, clubs, parties and more. Orange juice is an acidic juice and works well to help offset the burning sensation you get from alcohol.
The most popular drink with orange juice and vodka is the screwdriver. The basic drink is just the two ingredients, but there are other variations, including vodka and blue Curacao topped with lemon lime soda. This is called a sonic screwdriver.
2. Pomegranate Juice:
Madonna adds pomegranate juice, blackberry puree and cranberry juice to her mix of vodka. She also garnishes the drink with lemon rind and adds ice. The drink is considered a “Madonna” and is really good to try.
There is also the French Flamingo recipe, which includes Vodka, Cointreau, Lime Juice and Pomegranate Juice. You shake the ingredients well with ice and strain it into a chilled cocktail glass. This drink can be perfectly garnished with lime peel.
3. Cranberry Juice:
One of the most popular cocktails, Sex on the Beach, includes a Cranberry Juice, Orange Juice and Vodka mix. This is a delicious fruity drink that almost anyone will like to drink during the summer holidays on the beach.
How to make it? Pour all the ingredients (2 oz. orange juice, 2 oz. cranberry juice, 1.5 oz/. of vodka into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a highball glass. You can garnish it with an orange slice or a maraschino cherry.
4. Mountain Dew:
Better known as the Dew Driver, this drink takes some time getting used to. It is a bit bitter at first, but most people drinking the mix end up craving more.
You can eve create your own Mountain Dew drink using vodka, Midori and 7-up. If you are not much of a vodka drinker, you can substitute vodka for beer. The beer version pretty much looks exactly like Mountain Dew.
Recipe for creating your own Mountain Dew? Pour an ounce of vodka into a glass. Fill the glass up most of the way with 7-up and then drop in your Midori shot.
5. Red Bull:
Although this mixer is popular, it is highly advisable not to mix alcohol with energy drinks such as Red Bull. It is like mixing cocaine with heroin. Don Seratt, founder of British drug treatment centre Life Works, argues that mixing stimulant caffeine with a depressant creates a dangerous cocktail.
Despite the fears, you can either love it or hate it. It is well advised that if you decide to drink the mix, you take it easy for a while. The caffeine can mask how drunk you may be and can lead to larger issues than just hangover.
Why? Research published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research shows that clubbers who down the mixture are 600% more likely to suffer heart palpitations and sleeping difficulties.
6. Lemon Juice:
Citrus Vodka is a popular cocktail, martini and shooter in bars and restaurants. One of the most popular is a Hale Bopper, which is a cocktail mix of citrus vodka, lemonade and peach schnapps. Another popular drink, this time a martini, is a mix of citrus vodka, grand marnier, lemon juice and Sweet Vermouth.
Just a tidbit…Kelly Killoren from Desperate Housewives experimented with olive oil, vodka, salt and lemon juice to get rid of her bad hair day.
One of my most favourite vodka and lemon juice mixes is the Blue Lagoon. It has a mixture of vodka, blue curacao and lemonade. It is said to have been invented in a popular New York bar, Harry’s Bar and is frequently showcased in various movies and sitcoms. The drink is served in a highball glass.
This is one of my most favourite drinks out there. You take ½-1oz. of 1000 proof Smirnoff vodka and half a glass of ice cubes. You then fill the glass with Snapple and mix and serve. A highball glass will work well with this drink. A highly recommended drink for the discerning soul.
8. Tomato Juice:
If you want to add tomato juice, Caesar will do just fine. This is most popularly consumed Canada and is made with vodka, tomato juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. It is similar to Bloody Mary, but has a different spicy taste to it. Try it as a good hangover cure. Works like a charm!
Vodka 7-up Splash Drink is also popular and has a mix of vodka, 7-up and orange juice. It is usually built over ice in a Collins glass. A highly recommended drink with 3.5/5 star rating!
Vodka mixes well with just about anything, including sodas, juices and mixers. You may just want to top the mix with Grenadine for the ladies to make it pink and sweet. The gitrls love it.
For a good recipe, try mixing absolute citrons into a glass filled with ice cubes. The rest you should fill up with Sprite and serve.
Another good one is the Caribbean Delight, which is a mix of schnapps, coconut rum, vodka and sprite. Rates a 4/5 on my scale.
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