Top Three Cocktails to Celebrate International Vodka Day in 2022
We might come across as biased, but International Vodka Day is naturally our favourite day of the year. If you ask us, drinking vodka everyday should be the norm, and if you’re here reading this article, we’re sure you subscribe to the idea!
Whether you’re an occasional drinker, a lover of vodka, someone who loves Rahasya or just here to celebrate national vodka day – here are three cocktails that we think will help you celebrate this day much better!
Back in the 1920s, a man named Fernand Petiot, an American bartender at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, decided to mix up equal parts of tomato juice and vodka and the rest they say is history! The man had no clue that his creation would travel around the world and become such a huge hit, and thus agreed to simply call it Bloody Mary.
Eventually, he moved to St. Regis in New York, and the more sophisticated and evolved New Yorkers weren’t too keen. They wanted a dash of spice – and thus came the addition of TABASCO to the drink, which is the creation we drink today!
The Ingredients (for a pitcher)
- Large handful of ice
- 100ml vodka
- 500ml tomato juice
- 1 tbsp lemon juice, plus 2 slices to serve
- Few shakes of Worcestershire sauce
- Few shakes of Tabasco (smoked Tabasco is nicer)
- A pinch of celery salt
- A pinch of black pepper
- 2 celery sticks, to serve
John Caine, a bartender in San Francisco, is widely credited with popularizing the Cosmopolitan in the ‘80s. But according to him, this drink was actually created before World War II. It was initially called the Vodka Gimlet, but post World War II, people discovered Cointreau from France which made the drink a Kamikaze consisting of a triple treat (aka one of the many three ingredient cocktails) of vodka, triple sec and lime juice.
In the ’80s, they decided to add a special ingredient – cranberry juice – to the concoction and voila! The modern day Cosmopolitan was born.
- 45ml lemon vodka
- 15ml triple sec
- 30ml cranberry juice
- 10ml lime juice
- Garnish with orange zest
When it comes to 3 ingredient vodka drinks, nothing is more famous than the screwdriver – but did you know that it wasn’t invented in a bar? The way the drink gets its name is quite a peculiar tale as well. During the ‘40s and the ‘50s, American workers who worked in the oil industry in the middle east began secretly spiking their orange juices while on the job.
Now they were in the middle of nowhere and lacked a spoon, so the workers decided to innovate: they began to stir their drink with a screwdriver!
Amazing, isn’t it?
- 1 large or 2 small oranges
- 1 clementine
- 50ml vodka
- Few dashes of Angostura bitters
- A handful of ice cubes
- A wedge of orange