We drink a LOT of vodka. Sheryl spent some time in Russia, and I spent a summer in Poland, and we became obsessed with this spirit. Whether we are taking shots, or mixing it in our favorite cocktail, there is always a bottle of vodka in our house. Once Sheryl visited Russia, she prefers her vodka ice cold. In Poland, they drink it room temperature. Good vodka should be enjoyed room temperature in my opinion!
The next time you are at a liquor store, look at the number of vodka bottles on the shelf. At Total Wine & More they dedicate 2 aisles to this stuff. You can get vodka from all over the world, and in a wide range of flavors. UV Vodka makes some pretty unique flavors including candy bar and Sriracha. (I haven’t seen the Sriracha yet, but I bet that would make a mean Bloody Mary.)
One brand we shy away from is Grey Goose. It is expensive, and to be completely honest with you, isn’t that good. It might be the most popular vodka on the market, but they have build a great brand and have the money to make themselves successful. As I was flipping through the same issue of GQ Magazine that inspired the Bombay Sapphire post, I found a list of martini recipes. It was an ad for Grey Goose, but feel free to use your favorite vodka in the recipes. If you ask me, just take a shot and move on. I don’t have time to be mixing drinks at home!
The Grey Goose Martini
2 parts Grey Goose vodka
1/2 part dry vermouth
Dash of orange bitters (to taste)
Fill shaker with ice. Add dry vermouth. Stir to coat the ice and strain out. Add vodka and bitters, if desired, and stir (or shake) well. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Grey Goose Cherry Noir Roman Cherry Martini
1 part cherry vodka
1/2 part St. Germain Liqueur
1 part fresh grapefruit juice
Splash of champagne or sparkling wine
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add first three ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and top with champagne or sparkling wine.
Grey Goose La Poire Apple Spice Martini
2 parts Grey Goose La Poire
1/2 parts fresh lemon juice
2 parts sparking cider
Add first two ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Top wit sparkling cider.
Grey Goose Le Citron Snowfall Martini
1 1/2 parts citron vodka
3/4 part Martini Bianco Vermouth
3/4 part fresh lemon juice
1/2 party honey syrup (equal parts honey and water)
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously (I like that word) and strain into a martini glass.
They kept calling the martini glass a martini cocktail glass. Not sure what makes a martini glass a cocktail glass… Especially when the only thing you would put in a martini glass is a cocktail!
These drinks all sound good. Depending on the season, of course. What are some of your favorite vodka drinks? Oh, and please enjoy responsibility. I feel better having said that!