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Vodka, the colourless and odourless spirit that has become a staple in bars worldwide, is a versatile ingredient that can be used to create a variety of delicious cocktails.

Vodka is made from distilled grains or potatoes and the distillation process removes impurities and creates a clean, neutral flavour. The alcohol content of vodka is typically around 40%, although some brands may be stronger. When choosing a vodka for your cocktails, look for a high-quality brand that is smooth and clean-tasting. Vodka can be enjoyed on its own or used as a base for a variety of cocktails, making it a versatile and popular ingredient. Here are three recipes for sophisticated vodka cocktails that are sure to impress your guests. Don’t have a cocktail shaker at home? A large jar with a lid or a coffee travel mug will work perfectly well. 

Spicy Grapefruit


  • 50ml vodka
  • 40ml grapefruit juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Ice

Combine the vodka, grapefruit juice, honey, and cayenne pepper in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.

Classic Bloody Mary

  • 50ml vodka
  • 90ml tomato juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes hot sauce
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper
  • Celery stalk, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a tall glass over ice and garnish with a celery stalk. The best cocktail to elevate your weekend brunch!

Clinks Cucumber Cooler


  • 50ml vodka
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp simple syrup 
  • 4 slices of cucumber
  • Soda water

Muddle the cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup to the shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a cucumber slice.

Clinks Tip: To make your own simple syrup, dissolve some caster sugar in an equal weight of almost-boiled water in a pan, then allow to cool. It will keep in a sterilised bottle in the fridge for a couple of weeks.