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6 Vodka cocktail recipes

Oct. 4 is National Vodka Day, and we’re ready to celebrate with one of these luscious libations created by chef Marcus Samuelsson!

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National Vodka Day!

Oct. 4 is National Vodka Day, and we’re ready to celebrate with one of these luscious libations created by Chef Marcus Samuelsson!

Basil gimlet

Serving size 1

Basil Gimlet


  • 2 ounces SKYY Vodka
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce honey solution (1-to-1 honey and hot water)
  • 5 small basil leaves


  1. Fill a shaker with ice and all the ingredients.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Strain and serve in a martini glass garnished with basil.

The Savoy

Serving size 1

The SavoyIngredients:

  • 2 ounces SKYY Vodka
  • 3 red grapes
  • 3 bunches of white grapes
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce agave syrup


  1. In a rocks glass, muddle two red grapes and two white grapes.
  2. Shake the vodka, lemon juice and agave together with ice, and strain over muddled grapes.
  3. Garnish with a skewer of 4–5 grapes.

Ginger hibiscus punch

Makes 1 cocktail with enough base for 16 cocktails

Ginger Hibiscus PunchIngredients:

  • 2 ounces SKYY Infusions Coconut
  • 2 ounces hibiscus base (recipe to follow) or chilled hibiscus tea
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • Lime for garnish


  1. Mix and serve on the rocks.

For the hibiscus base


  • 1 quart water
  • 1 cup hibiscus flowers
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons grated ginger


  1. Bring ingredients to a boil, then remove from heat, and let the mixture sit overnight.
  2. Strain into an airtight container. Allow to cool. Garnish with lime.

Earl of Harlem

Makes 1 cocktail with enough base for 28 cocktails

Earl of HarlemIngredients:

  • 2 ounces SKYY Vodka
  • 2 ounces Earl of Harlem syrup (recipe to follow)
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Orange rind (for garnish)


  1. Shake with ice, then strain into a rocks glass.
  2. Garnish with an orange rind.

Earl of Harlem syrup


  • 5 cups water
  • 2 cups loose Earl Grey tea or 30 Earl Grey tea bags
  • 1 batch coriander syrup (recipe to follow)


  1. Boil the water, then steep the tea for 20 minutes.
  2. Combine the tea with the coriander syrup.
  3. Let cool. Strain into a container.

White Sangria

Serving size 1

White SangriaIngredients:

  • 2 cups SKYY Vodka
  • 2/3 bottle white wine
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 8 ounces orange juice
  • 8 ounces apple juice
  • 1 mango, cut into cubes
  • 2 pears, cut into cubes
  • Pear and strawberry for garnish


  1. Soak the fruit in juices and vodka for 2 hours to overnight (feel free to add more SKYY for a stronger drink).
  2. Stir together in a pitcher, and serve in a wineglass. Garnish with pear and strawberry.

Apple-spiced martini

Makes 1 cocktail and enough base for 20 cocktails

Apple Spiced MartiniIngredients:

  • 2 ounces SKYY Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce apple-spiced simple syrup (recipe to follow)
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • Slice of apple (for garnish)


  1. Put all the ingredients in a shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake.
  3. Strain through a Hawthorn shaker into chilled coupe glasses garnished with apple.

Apple-spiced simple syrup


  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, ground
  • 1 teaspoon allspice, ground
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg, ground (freshly ground if possible)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 slice of a red apple, 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Place all the ingredients into a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil. Strain the mixture into an airtight container.
  3. Cool. Refrigerate. Will stay fresh for up to two weeks.
Photo credits: Campari America

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