• Nick Veale

1, 2, 3 Vodka Cocktails

Another week of isolation in the books. I hope last weeks Gin cocktails kept your busy and gave you something delicious to drink.

If you have any suggestions or requests on what you want my next 1, 2, 3 blog to be about. Drop me a message in the comment, at @keepcalmandcocktail on Instagram or at keepcalmandcocktail@gmail.com

Vodka recommendations

Honestly I don't really spend too much money on bottles of Vodka. My theory is that there are certain spirits worth keeping it simple and others where you will always benefit from spending more. In my opinion theres no need to spend big bucks on a bottle of Vodka

Less that $45

Stolichnaya - This is my go-to bottle. Its 40% and a classic Russian brand. You can't go wrong.

Less than $55

Haku - This is a relatively new bottle and has caused a bit of a stir in the market thanks to some decent marketing, but more importantly to the excellent reputation of Japanese spirits. This Vodka doesn't disappoint. If you fancy something a little bit more fancy than the classic brands, I'd say go with this.



Grapefruit Julep

Glass: Highball

Method: Shake and Fine strain

Ice: Crushed Ice*

Garnish: Mint Sprig and Seared Grapefruit Slice


1 Barspoon Honey

60ml/ 2oz Vodka

15ml/ 0.5oz Lime Juice

22ml/ 0.75oz Grapefruit Juice

15ml/ 0.5oz Grenadine**

4 mint leaves

Stir at the honey and vodka in your shaker to dissolve it then add the remaining ingredients to your shaker and shake for 8-10 seconds. Fine strain into a tall glass over crushed ice.


* To make crushed ice, wrap your ice cubes in a clean tea towel and hit the something heavy ( Rolling pin, sauce pan, cricket bat etc.)

**You can buy Grenadine, but its really not worth it. It's not exactly like you don't have time to mix up a batch yourself is it?


1 part Pomegranate Juice

1 Part white sugar

Add both ingredients to a pan on a medium low heat and stir until dissolved. Don't let it boil.

From there you can add a splash of pomegranate molasses and a couple of drops of Orange Blossom water if you happen to have them, or fancy adding them to your shopping list.

If not going without will work fine.

If you're going to finish your syrup within a week then you're done. If you want it to last a little

longer, you can add 30 ml of vodka to the syrup as a preservative and then bottle

It depends on how much you're drinking at the moment. Ahem.

Shelf life: Common wisdom suggests 1-2 weeks. 3-4 weeks with the inclusion of Vodka. Honestly in an at-home setting, I just keep an eye out for mould or funky smells when I open the bottle and if in doubt, throw it out.




Glass: Highball

Method: Shake and strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Orange Zest


60ml/ 2 oz Vodka

15ml/ 0.5 oz Elderflower Liqueur

45ml/ 1.5 oz Cloudy Apple juice

Top Tonic Water

Add all of the ingredients to your shaker and shake for 8-10 seconds.

Fine strain into a tall glass over fresh ice and top with tonic water.

Note: St Germain is the industry standard Elderflower Liqueur. I don't bother buying anything else.


Salted Caramel Espresso Martini

Glass: Chilled Coup/ Martini

Method: Shake and Fine strain

Ice: None

Garnish: 3 Coffee Beans


45ml/ 1.5oz Salted Caramel Vodka

30ml/ 1oz Espresso (hot and freshly brewed)

20ml/ 0.66 oz Coffee Liqueur

Optional 5ml Sugar Syrup

Optional Pinch Salt

Add all of the ingredients to your shaker and shake as hard as possible for 8-10 seconds.

Fine strain into a chilled Coup.

Note: You really need to give this one some welly when you're shaking to get that nice foamy crema on top of your drink.

This variation using the Salted Karamel Vodka from Stoli is banging, but if you don't have time to get to the shop to pick up a bottle then just use normal vodka and you'll have the classic recipe.

For my home bar I always buy Mr Black, it's incredible. If i'm working to a budget i'll go with the classic Kahlua.



Greyhounds Tooth

Glass: Coup/ Martini

Method: Shake and Fine strain

Ice: None

Garnish: Lemon Zest


45ml/ 1.5 oz Vodka

22ml/ 0.75 oz Benedictine D.O.M

22ml/ 0.75 oz Pink Grapefruit Juice

7ml/ 0.25oz Lemon Juice

2 Dash Grapefruit bitters

Add all of the ingredients to your shaker and shake for 8-10 seconds.

Fine strain into your chilled coup glass.


Aigua du Valencia (Valencian Water)

Glass: Wine/ Gin & Tonic Glass

Method: Stir and strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Burnt Orange Slice


30ml/ 1oz Vodka

30ml/ 1oz Gin

75ml/ 2.5oz Orange Juice*

10ml/ 0.33oz Simple Syrup

75ml/ 2.5oz Dry Sparkling Wine

Pour the sparkling wine into your wine glass filled with cubed ice.

Add the other ingredients to a stirring glass and stir until chilled and strain into your fizz

filled glass.

Note: * For authenticity look for Valencia Oranges. They also happen to have the tastiest juice, and as i write this be in season. Win- win.


Russian Spring Punch

Glass: Highball or Pilsner Glass

Method: Shake and strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Roasted Lemon Slice and Seasonal Berries


45ml / 1.5oz Vodka

15ml/ 0.5oz Cassis*

7ml/ 0.25oz Sugar Syrup

22ml/ 0.750z Lemon Juice

50ml/ 1.66 oz Dry Sparkling Wine

Optional 6-7 raspberries

Add all of the ingredients to your shaker (if using fresh raspberries then muddle them in your shaker too) and shake for 8-10 seconds.

Fine strain into a tall glass over fresh ice.


* On a budget or in a rush and need to pickup a bottle today?

Marie Brizard will work fine here.

If you're happy to wait for delivery then support local and grab a bottle of

Marrionette Dry Cassis made with Tassie Blackcurrants.

If you have other dark berry liqueurs floating around such as

Chambord they will work too.


Thanks so much for reading. Hopefully you found at least one delicious recipe to make this weekend. If you didn't let me know in the comments!

If you want to support me and my work here all you need to do is use the links above to do your grog shopping at Dan Murphy's! Simply click through, buy what you need and I get a cut as a referral fee at no added cost to you! You can also visit my shop and stock up on garnishes and equipment if you're in the market for it.

Have a great easter weekend. #stayhome #staysafe and #drinkbetter



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