Vodka Cocktails

Vodka cocktails are delicious, refreshing and come in a vast variety of recipes. Cocktail parties were all the rage in the 50s and 60s but the very first one was hosted at the St. Louis, Missouri home of Julius Walsh, Jr. in 1917. That Sunday Mrs. Walsh invited 50 guests to enjoy cocktails from noon until luncheon was served at one o’clock. You can still see the house at 4510 Lindell Boulevard but it is now owned by the Catholic Church and serves as the residence of the local archbishop.

There are many popular vodka cocktails ranging from the simple Screwdriver (vodka in orange juice) to the complex and extremely potent Long Island Iced Tea. The latter cocktail contains vodka, tequila, gin, rum, triple sec, sweet and sour mix and a splash of cola. More than a few people have had to call a taxi after one or two Long Island Iced Teas!

Much to the dismay of purists, vodka martinis are quite popular. Vodka and vermouth are shaken with ice and strained into a chilled glass. A cocktail onion or an olive is optional.

Some vodka cocktails are so pretty it’s a shame to drink them. Such is the case with the Hurricane which combines vodka with grenadine syrup, gin, light rum, amaretto, triple sec and pineapple juice. The Wallaby is a colorful drink that mixes peach schnapps, vodka and champagne while the Hawaii Five-O pairs vanilla vodka with Grand Marnier in Pineapple and lime juice. These colorful drinks are very potent!

Because vodka is tasteless and odorless it is easy to drink too much and suffer for it in the morning. A good way to avoid this is to drink a glass of water before or after every vodka cocktail.