Here are five easy-to-mix vodka cocktails that will add an extra kick to your day and get you in a summertime mood.

Mary Light, cocktails with lime wheel

Mary Light

Mary Light

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Vodka
  • 2 oz. tomato juice
  • 3 olives
  • 1/4 oz. jalapeños (chopped)
  • 1⁄4 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. olive juice
  • Celery salt

Preparation: Add vodka, olives and jalapeños into a shaker and muddle. Add tomato juice, lemon juice, olive juice and a handful of ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with a celery salt rim. Garnish with a slice of lemon and olive.


Poolside Lounge, pink with berry garnish toothpick

Poolside Lounge

Poolside Lounge

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Deep Eddy Lemon vodka
  • Handful of blackberries (about 5)
  • 3 1⁄2 oz. lemonade
  • 1⁄2 oz. of lychee juice
  • 1 lychee nut

Preparation: Put vodka and blackberries into a shaker and muddle. Add lemonade, lychee juice and a handful of ice. Shake and strain over ice into a highball glass. Garnish with a blackberry stuffed lychee.


Tropical Heat, cocktail with pineapple

Tropical Heat

Tropical Heat

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Broken Shed vodka
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped pineapple
  • 2 oz. coconut water
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • Pinch of Cayenne pepper

Preparation: Put pineapple and vodka into a shaker and muddle. Add coconut water, pineapple juice and a handful of ice. Shake and strain over ice into a highball glass. Put a small pinch of cayenne pepper over the top of the drink and garnish with a slice of pineapple. 


Fizzy Strawberry cocktails with strawberries

Fizzy Strawberry

Fizzy Strawberry

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 oz. Svedka Vanilla Vodka*
  • 1 oz. blended-strawberry
  • 1 tsp. of agave nectar
  • Champagne

Preparation: Put vodka, agave nectar and blended strawberries into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a champagne glass. Pour champagne to the top and garnish with a strawberry slice. 
*If you don’t have vanilla vodka add 1⁄4 oz. of vanilla extract.


The Bittersweet cocktail with grapefruit garnish

The Bittersweet

The Bittersweet

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Ketel One Grapefruit & Rose vodka
  • 1⁄2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz. prosecco

Preparation: Pour vodka, simple syrup and grapefruit juice into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a Nick & Nora. Top with prosecco. If you have time to get fancy try this grapefruit garnish; Cut grapefruit into thin slices and then spray them with simple syrup on both sides. Place on cookie sheet with nonstick paper and let bake for 2 hours at 225 degrees until crispy (not burnt).