Vodka is one of the most versatile spirits because you can mix it with nearly anything.

And while we are big fans of a stiff drink like the Vodka Martini, sometimes we’re in the mood for an easy-to-drink libation. These six fruity vodka drinks are sweet without being too syrupy and easy to make for even the novice home bartender.

Baijiu A Drink, cocktail and bottle

Baijiu A Drink

Baijiu A Drink

Courtesy of bartender Lam Cheng of DaDong NY

Ingredients:

  • 1.25 oz. STOLI Vanilla Vodka
  • .5 oz. Luzhou Ming River Baijiu
  • 2 o.z Pineapple Juice
  • .25 oz. Lime Juice
  • .75 oz. Giffard Pineapple Liqueur

Preparation: Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a flute glass.


Apple Dream cocktail with garnish

Apple Dream

Apple Dream

Courtesy of Mixologist Michelly Bari of Suzuki

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. Green Apple Puree
  • 2 tsp. Red Apple Puree
  • 1 splash Lemon Juice
  • 1 splash Apple Juice
  • .25 cup Vodka
  • 1 tbsp. Grand Marnier
  • Cayenne Pepper Flakes (to Rim)
  • Apple Slice (to Garnish)

Preparation: Add all liquid ingredients to a shaker tin with ice. Shake and double strain into a coupe glass rimmed with cayenne pepper flakes. Garnish with an apple slice.


“At Home” Frosé colorful cocktail on pink background

“At Home” Frosé

Photo by Jenna Murray of IGC Hospitality

“At Home” Frosé

Courtesy of Mondrian Terrace

(Serves: 4-6)

Ingredients:

  • 1 750mL bottle Rosé
  • 5 oz. Tito’s Vodka
  • 2 oz. Marie Brizard Grapefruit Liqueur
  • 2 oz. Marie Brizard Watermelon Liqueur
  • .25 Peeled Grapefruit
  • 1 cup Watermelon
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 3 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 3 oz. Orange Juice
  • 4-6 Strawberries
  • Pinch of salt
  • Splash of Blue Curacao
  • Orange Wedge (to Garnish)

Preparation: Add all ingredients, except the blue curacao, to a blender with 1 to 2 cups of ice (the more ice you add, the more solid the frosé). Blend and pour into glasses. Top with blue curacao for a splash of color and garnish with an orange wedge.


Baby Bison cocktail with cinnamon stick

Baby Bison

Photo by World Red Eye

Baby Bison

Courtesy of Sweet Liberty Drinks and Supply Co.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Bison Grass Vodka
  • 1.5 oz. Apple Juice
  • .5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz. Aperol
  • Cinnamon Stick (to Garnish) 

Preparation: Shake all ingredients, save for the garnish, together with ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.


Watermelon Mint Lemonade

Watermelon Mint Lemonade

Watermelon Mint Lemonade

Courtesy of The Highlight Room

Ingredients:

  • 1.75 oz. Absolut Elyx
  • 2 oz. WTRMLN WTR
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 5-6 Mint Leaves
  • Lemon Wheel (to Garnish)
  • Mint Sprig (to Garnish)

Preparation: In an empty shaker tin, muddle the mint. Add liquid ingredients with ice, and stir. Transfer into a highball glass and garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wheel.


Snapbacks & Tattoos

Snapbacks & Tattoos

Snapbacks & Tattoos

Courtesy of Committee Ouzeri + Bar

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Snap Pea-Infused Vodka*
  • .5 oz. Montenegro
  • .5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz. Watermelon Purée
  • Segmented Snap Pea (to Garnish)
  • Pansy (to Garnish)

Preparation: Add vodka, Montenegro, lemon juice and simple syrup to a shaker tin with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice. Float the watermelon purée on top of the drink and garnish.

*Snap Pea-Infused Vodka

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Chopped Snap Peas
  • 1 liter bottle Vodka

Preparation: To roughly chop the snap peas, run them through a food processor (they can also be hand-cut). Sous vide the vodka and peas together in a vacuum bag or hermetically sealed jar at 125 F for 2 hours. Remove, strain and let cool.