Celebrate National Vodka Day With These Exclusive Brands & Recipes

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CÎROC White Grape Cranberry Martini

Want to celebrate National Vodka Day in style this October 4th? We got the best vodka brands and recipes to make your day super sweet! We know that all drinks are not created equal. And National Vodka Day is a good time to take a closer look at this staple of every corner bar.

Vodka may have some virtues. Clear liquor contains fewer congeners, compounds besides alcohol produced during fermentation and may contribute to the severity of hangovers.

Many drinkers look to vodka as a lower calorie option that could be healthier than drinking “antioxidant-rich” red wine. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite vodka brands and recipes:

Elderflower Splash

Ingredients

1.5 oz CÎROC White Grape

3 oz Q Elderflower Tonic

Garnish: Cucumber and Grape

Glass: Rocks

Preparation

Add CÎROC White Grape and Q Elderflower Tonic into a rocks glass over ice.

Stir and garnish with skewered cucumber ribbon and white grape.

Spiced Grape Mule

Ingredients

1.5 oz CÎROC White Grape

Splash of Lime

Top with Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Garnish: Ginger

Glass: Collins Glass

Preparation

Add CÎROC White Grape and a splash of lime to a Collins glass over ice.

Top with Fever Tree Ginger Beer and garnish with a long slice of fresh ginger.

GREY GOOSE HOT APPLE PIE

1 oz GREY GOOSE La Poire vodka

¾ oz B&B

½ oz Maple Syrup

½ oz Lemon Juice

4 oz Unfiltered Apple Cider

1 Cinnamon Stick

METHOD

Stir/strain into your favorite old-fashioned glass full of fresh ice or serve hot. Garnish with cinnamon stick and lemon wheel

GREY GOOSE ARNOLD PALMER

1.5 oz GREY GOOSE vodka (or Le Citron)

2.5 oz Lemonade

2.5 oz Iced Tea

METHOD

Stir/Strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with lemon or orange

Grey Goose Cosmopolitan Recipe

1.5 oz Grey Goose L’Orange vodka

½ oz Cointreau

1 part cranberry juice

½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice

Orange zest for garnish

METHOD

Combine first four ingredients in order listed into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with orange zest.

Black Russian

1 ½ oz Grey Goose vodka

1 oz Coffee Liqueur (pref. Toussaint)

Preparation

Build ingredients in a rocks glass. Add cubed ice and stir.

BELVEDERE SUPER COCKTAIL — CANTALOUPE

1.5 oz / 40 ml Belvedere Vodka

.5 oz / 15 ml Lavender Honey

.75 oz / 20 ml Fresh Lemon Juice

2 oz / 60 ml Fresh Cantaloupe Juice

3 oz / 90 ml Soda Water

Melon Ball & Mint Sprig

Shake all ingredients and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a melon ball and mint sprig.

Berry Harvest Sangria

2 honey crisp or pink lady apples, chopped

1 chopped Bosc pear

1 orange, sliced

1/2 cup fresh raspberries

2 cinnamon sticks

1 bottle of Pinot Grigio, chardonnay or any dry white wine

2 cups spiced apple cider

1/2 cup Smirnoff Raspberry vodka

1 cup club soda

Cinnamon sticks for garnish

Mix all ingredients except club soda in a large pitcher and refrigerate for at least an hour. Add club soda just before serving. Pour over ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

SKYY Sun-Ripened Watermelon Basil Lemonade Slushy

Ingredients (Serving size 1)

1.5 ounces SKYY Infusions Sun-Ripened Watermelon

8 ounces watermelon cold-press juice or watermelon purée

2–3 fresh basil leaves

Half fresh lemon

Approximately 1.5 cups ice

Instructions

In a blender, combine ice, watermelon cold-press juice, fresh basil leaves, ice and SKYY Infusions Sun-Ripened Watermelon vodka. Squeeze fresh lemon and blend on high. Pour in glass and garnish with fresh basil leaf and enjoy.

Crystal Head Vodka Night Cap

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka

½ oz. premium coffee liqueur

1 freshly brewed espresso shot

Chocolate shaving or coffee beans

Method

Pour Crystal Head, coffee liqueur and espresso into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously to create froth then strain into a martini glass.

Garnish

Chocolate shavings or finely crushed coffee beans

Lime & Strawberry Drop Martini

Recipe

2 ounces Seagram’s Lime Vodka

1 ounce lime juice

½ ounce strawberry simple syrup

½ ounce triple sec

Method

Rim your glass with sugar

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice

Shake to chill and combine ingredients

Fine strain into a coupe glass

Garnish & Enjoy!

Fall Sunset

Ingredients

2 ounces of Seagram’s Extra Smooth

4 ounces of grapefruit juice

¼ ounce of grenadine

Grapefruit and umbrella garnish

Method

Add grenadine to a highball glass

Add grapefruit juice and Seagram’s Extra Smooth to a shaker

Shake then strain over ice into highball glass

Garnish with grapefruit slice

Ketel One Marvelous Espresso Cocktail

1.5oz Ketel One Vodka

1oz (Locally Sourced) Espresso

3/4oz Coffee Liqueur

1/8oz Simple Syrup

Peach Bellini Martini

Ingredients

2oz Broken Shed Vodka
1oz Peach Schnapps
1oz Peach Puree or Nectar
1 teaspoon of Lemon Juice
Prosecco or Champagne

Directions

Fill a shaker with ice and add Broken Shed Vodka, Peach Schnapps and Peach Puree or Nectar. Next, add one teaspoon of Lemon Juice and shake the shaker. Then strain the shaker into a Martini Glass. Top the Martini Glass with a splash of Prosecco or Champagne.

CANTEEN Vodka sodas

October 4th is National Vodka Day, and the best way to celebrate this year is with CANTEEN Vodka sodas!

Whether you’re going to the beach, on the boat, or hanging in the backyard, this portable, pre-mixed beverage, allows you to celebrate wherever your adventure takes you!

Crafted with real vodka instead of fermented malt-based alcohol and sweetened with monk fruit, CANTEEN is a better-for-you adult refreshment that doesn’t on taste.

VIDE — Premium Canned Cocktails

What’s better than a deal on alcoholic beverages? To celebrate National Vodka Day on Oct. 4th VIDE — Premium Canned Cocktails will be selling their pre-mixed vodka soda 4-packs of 12-ounce cans for $9.99, regularly priced at around $11.99, on their website drinkvide.com for the day.

VIDE is a conveniently ready-to-drink product with a hint of natural fruit flavor that comes in two varieties: Cranberry and Watermelon. Cranberry is perfect for those who looking to jump into fall and Watermelon for those who want one last taste of summer.

The best part is that VIDE is made with only three ingredients — carbonated water, six times distilled gluten-free vodka, and a dash of natural cranberry/watermelon flavor — and it’s crisp, refreshing, and light! The 5% ABV beverage is 99 calories, gluten-free, and contains zero sugar or zero carbs.

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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