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Vodka Cocktails with a Twist

Vodka Cocktails with a Twist

Ahhh... the wonders of vodka based drinks! We're not saying that vodka is a magical substance (okay, we say that all the time...) but based just purely on the number of available vodka cocktail recipes, it's obviously not a terrible stretch of the imagination to say that there is something magical about it. Of course like any good cocktail, the best ones require the finest of ingredients, careful preparation and tender love. Although almost anything, when added to find vodka, makes a tasty mixed drink, there are a few classic ingredients that stand out among the rest as awesome vodka mixers, such as triple sec, Rose's lime juice and grenadine for starters. But now, let's explore a few of the best and most loved vodka cocktails with a flavorful twist.

Bloody Mary

No one is saying that a few straight shots of pure, high-class vodka don't make a great morning eye opener, however there are things that can make it not only tastier, but also healthier. A very well known and common vodka mixer is pure tomato juice. Add a few ounces of this healthy product to as much vodka as you desire, add a splash of this and a few drops of that, and you have created yourself one of the most awesome vodka cocktails ever devised - the classic Bloody Mary. Often touted as a hangover cure, this drinks is so delicious it has probably started more hangovers than it ever cured. This vodka cocktail recipe works great in that the vodka serves to alleviate some of the saltiness and bitterness of the tomato juice and the tomato juice masks the alcoholic strength of the vodka. What you're left with is the perfect morning (or afternoon, or evening) pick me up, which many people consider one of the best vodka cocktail recipes of all time... and we certainly concur.

Classic Bloody Mary Recipe

Don't be shy to substitute a flavored vodka in this classic recipe. Ivanabitch Lemmon Flavored Vodka would be a fantastic stand-in.

  • 1.5 oz Ivanabitch Traditional Vodka
  • 3 oz tomato juice
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • Dash of pepper
  • Dash of salt (or celery salt)
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of Tabasco sauce
  • Stalk of celery

Add vodka and tomato juice to a mixing cup. Season to taste with salt, pepper, Worcestershire and Tabasco. Pour into ice filled highball glass. Garnish with celery.

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London’s Best Bloody Mary Announced

London’s Best Bloody Mary Announced

How do you judge the best Bloody Mary? Find a Russian. Seriously. But which Russian should you find? Let’s consider the source for a moment.

What do we really know about Russia? Well, for one, it’s class. Russia has a rich history, and her people have a reputation throughout Europe for finery and luxury. Now that communism is long gone, they are free to really let their hair down and let the free market develop even more finery and luxury. The result? The Russian Standard, which has 60% of the Russian domestic vodka market cornered, at $40 USD a bottle. $40 USD a bottle. Now that’s luxury! And, considering that Russia is the birthplace of vodka, and the native tastes are discerning to say the least, the Russian Standard undoubtedly knows their stuff.

THAT, my friends, is how you judge the best Bloody Mary, and recently, that is exactly what happened. Several Russian Standard employees were sent to Boisdale of Canary Wharf in London, England, to sit for eight of the area’s best bartenders as they competed for the title of Best Bloody Mary of 2013.

Using tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, salt and pepper, and of course, Russian Standard Vodka, these barristers were allowed to add whatever spice and flair they desired to make the mix their own. Things did get creative as even bacon made an appearance.

A Londoner named Adam McGurk, from a place called Hawksmoor, won the contest, which awarded him a cash prize and dinner for two at Boisdale. Again, some of the night-life elite was in full representation, including contestants from Bassoon Bar, Shoreditch House, Mr Fogg’s, and NOLA. As Boisdale’s Ranald Macdonald stated, there were “many exciting interpretations of the drink” offered from “the incredible talent of London’s bar-tending scene.”

This sort of thing happens quite regularly across the pond, with similar English contests taking place in 2012, 2011, and 2010 according to multiple sources. While the winner may be determined by (pardon my English) a matter of taste, one thing is for certain: the Brits take their mixology seriously, and there’s always a crowd at these events.

In fact, the popularity has begun to stoke a variation in the format to avoid the same old, same old. A “Best Alternative Bloody Mary” contest was held in 2012, during which judges surveyed a balance of flavors, originality, and flair to determine a winner.

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