6 Vodka Cocktails Every Man Needs To Know

Vodka’s unfortunate reputation for being flavourless and boring is thankfully changing. A spirit that blends in with whatever it’s teamed up with must certainly be a positive, after all, what other alcohol would do in a Bloody Mary?

But for men, it’s still not considered a ‘manly’ drink, as Parks & Recreation’s Ron Swanson said: “Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets.” But it’s time we forgot all about ‘girly’ and ‘manly’ drinks, this is 2020 and gender is a social construct, and certainly shouldn’t apply to drinks!

We have collected six of our favourite cocktails, from Bond’s Vesper Martini to The Dude’s White Russian to show how versatile vodka can be!


Espresso Martini


  • 50ml Vodka
  • 25ml Kahlua
  • 25ml Good espresso

Method: Shake everything hard in a cocktail shaker with ice. You want to get a really good head on there so shake thoroughly. Fine strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with some coffee beans.


Vesper Martini


  • 40ml Vodka
  • 20ml Gin
  • 15ml White Vermouth

Method: Shake hard, poured into a chilled martini glass and add lemon zest.


Vodka Collins


  • 50ml Vodka
  • 25ml Lemon juice
  • 20ml 2:1 sugar syrup
  • Soda water

Method: Add the first three ingredients and stir in a highball glass. Add a little soda and ice and stir again. Now fill with ice to the brim, top with soda and slide in a lemon wheel to garnish.


White Russian


  • 50ml Vodka
  • 25ml Kahlua
  • 40ml Whole milk.

Method: Add all to a rocks glass, fill with ice, stir and serve. Easy!


Pineapple Martini


  • 50ml Vodka
  • 1 Wheel of fresh ripe pineapple
  • 10-15ml 2:1 Sugar syrup

Method: Muddle the pineapple at the bottom of a shaker and shake hard with ice. Fine strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a pineapple leaf.


The Cosmo


  • 50ml Absolut Citron
  • 25ml Cointreau
  • 25ml Lime juice
  • 10-15ml Fresh cranberry juice

Method: Shake hard to chill and fine strain into a chilled martini or cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon zest.

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