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published time By SW published time 24 Oct, 2018 Share image 970 Shares

If life gives you lemons, add vodka!
Too many cooks may spoil the broth, but two great bartenders will shake a perfect vodka cocktail just for you. So, don’t be watching your calories because there’s so much more to vodka than you can imagine. Vodka is such a versatile spirit that pretty much ANYTHING works with it, this makes it ideal to work with at home as a home bartender. 
And Smirnoff has great presence in a cocktail and a perfect balance for a mixing vodka.

Our trusted men - Hemant Mundkur and Zachary Abbott (Brand Ambassadors at DIAGEO India) have stirred and shaken these yummy cocktails for you to sip on at home. 
Forget the beers; and try these cocktail pairings at your next dinner party. Cheers!

1. Cosmopolitan
A modern classic from the 90s, the Cosmopolitan is one of the most popular cocktails in bars across the world.
Ingredients: 45 ml Smirnoff Vodka, 15 ml Orange Liqueur, 15 ml Fresh Lime Juice, 30 ml Cranberry juice.
Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake with ice. Fine strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with an orange twist.
Food pairing: Margarita Pizza
5 Classic Vodka Cocktails To Make At Home

2.   Screwdriver
It’s such a simple and well-known classic that sometimes people forget to class it as a cocktail.  A perfect example of fresh ingredients doing the talking!
Ingredients: 45 ml Smirnoff Vodka, fresh orange juice and a touch of fresh citrus.
Method: Fill a highball glass with ice, add the Smirnoff and orange juice. Stir and garnish with an orange wedge.
Food Pairing: Grilled Fish
5 Classic Vodka Cocktails To Make At Home

3. Vodka & Tonic
Vodka & tonic water makes for the perfect highball. Trust us, you got to try this!
Ingredients: 45 ml Smirnoff Vodka, 1 lime slice, tonic water 
Method: Fill a highball glass with ice, squeeze in the lime wedge, add Smirnoff and top the glass with tonic water. Stir and garnish with lime slices.
Food Pairing: Caesar Salad

4. The Negroski
The Negroni takes on many twists and one of them, through eastern Europe, is this perfect sip- The Negroski. Bitter, yet sweet but absolutely delightful.
Ingredients: 30 ml Smirnoff Vodka, 30 ml Campari (bitter orange liqueur) and 30 ml sweet vermouth. 
Method: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass half-filled with ice. Stir until ingredients are cold, about 30 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with orange peel twist.
Food Pairing: Smoked salmon with capers and cream cheese

5.  White Russian
“The Dude’s” favourite (The Big Lebowski)
Ingredients: 30 ml Smirnoff Vodka, 15 ml Coffee Liqueur, 15 ml cream
Method: Pour ingredients over ice in an old-fashioned glass and stir. Garnish with grated nutmeg.
Food Pairing: Tiramisu

6. Bloody Mary
For when you can’t make up your mind on what to have, the Bloody Mary is a perfect brunch cocktail!
Ingredients: 40 ml Smirnoff Vodka, 120 ml Tomato juice, few dashes of Worcestershire & Tabasco sauce, 10 ml fresh lime juice, pinch of celery salt and pepper.
Method: Rim a highball glass with salt. Add all ingredients over ice and stir. Garnish with green olives and a celery stick.
Food pairing: Fish & Chips

7. Vodka Gimlet
The perfectly balanced tipple, simple yet satisfying! 
Ingredients: Smirnoff Vodka, fresh citrus and sugar.  
Method: This cocktail can be shaken and served neat or poured over ice in a tall glass and topped with soda, making it a Collins styled cocktail.
Food pairing: Chicken Steak

So, take out that Smirnoff bottle from your liquor cabinet and make a classic cocktail at home.