National Vodka Day: Celebrate with 12 drink recipes we love

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. 

Apple martini


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.

More recipes: 


The Flame of Love



Purple Rain

Bloody Mary


Pearfect Asian

Blue Whale

Blueberry martini jelly shots

Black mystique

Coolidge cocktail


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. 

I like my martinis extra dirty. Follow me on Twitter @Jenn_Harris_