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October 4th is National Vodka Day.
As i have noted in the past, vodka was my choice of alcohol when I was still consuming alcohol. It is not completely clear who invented vodka — Russia, Sweden, and Poland debate this honor. It consists of mostly water and ethanol — coming from distilling fermented cereal grains. In some instances, potatoes have been used or fermented fruit.
Vodkas in the US have to be 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume). Commonly, vodka is consumed neat (straight with no mixers, ice, or water) and freezer-chilled. However, it is also a frequent component in mixed drinks and cocktails.
I was not a huge fan of drinking vodka straight and worked my way through vodka with various mixers — orange juice (screwdriver), cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice (greyhound).
With the popularity of Sex and the City, I investigated vodka martinis.
I will admit, I was rather limited in my drink choices. Most of my alcohol consumption was in a college or grad school setting so I didn’t experiment as much as I could have.
However, with my kidney transplant, I am essentially forbidden from drinking. It doesn’t go well with my anti-rejection meds!
Oh well, if you come to my house, I have learned about more options!
Here are some fun vodka drinks in recognition of National Vodka Day and my younger days!
Classic Moscow Mule with Fresh Ginger Simple Syrup
- copper mugs (optional) — see note
- 2 oz. premium vodka
- 2 T. fresh lime juice
- Ginger beer enough to top off mug
- 2 t. ginger simple syrup* or to taste
- Fresh mint sprigs to garnish
- Lime wedges to garnish
Ginger Simple Syrup
- ½ c. water
- ½ c. white sugar
- 3 ” fresh ginger peeled and cut into small piece
- To make the ginger simple syrup, add water and sugar to a medium saucepan. Peel a 3” piece of fresh ginger and chop into small pieces and add to the pan.
- Note: The smaller you cut each piece of ginger, the more surface area you will expose to the boiling sugar mixture. This will give your simple syrup a stronger ginger flavor.
- Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Fill copper mugs with ice cubes and add vodka and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and a drizzle of simple syrup. Stir to combine. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a wedge of lime and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Do you want a slightly lighter drink? Try this.
Cran-Raspberry Vodka Spritzer
- Microwave-safe bowl
- 1 cup raspberry vodka chilled
- 4 cups cranberry juice chilled
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup lime juice
- 8 cups club soda chilled
- Start by making the lime syrup. To do this, simply add the sugar and water to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute and then stir. Repeat the process until the sugar has dissolved.
- Once the sugar has dissolved, add the lime juice. Stir & refrigerate until ready to use.
- You can make this cocktail in a pitcher or divide the recipe by 4 to make cocktails one at a time.
- To make, combine everything and stir. Serve with or without ice.
- Garnish with slices of lime and/or whole raspberries.
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you decide to make these beverages, just imbibe safely.
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