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Saturday is National Vodka Day, but instead of reaching for the cranberry juice or Red Bull, show your vodka drink a little love today. To celebrate properly, we’ve put together a list of 12 worthy libations.
From the classic apple martini to blueberry vodka jelly shots, we’ve got enough ideas to keep the celebration going all day long. And for you Carrie Bradshaw fans, there’s a recipe for a rosy-red Cosmopolitan too.
So drink on, vodka lovers. Just make sure there’s a designated driver.
Total time: 5 minutes | Serves 1
Note: Adapted from Lola’s. Soak the apple slice in lemon water to keep it from browning before serving.
1 ounce apple liqueur, preferably Apple Pucker
1 ounce vodka, preferably Ketel One
Dash of sweet and sour
Slice of Granny Smith apple
Step 1: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the apple liqueur, vodka and sweet and sour. Shake, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the apple slice.
Each serving: 165 calories; 0 protein; 13 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 cholesterol; 12 grams sugar; 2 mg sodium.
And if you’re in the mood for someone else to whip up a drink, you can always head to the vodka soda bar at Messhall Kitchen in Los Feliz. Bar master Ben Scott is using fruity housemade syrups and Fever Tree club soda to make his version of the classic.
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