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Vodka is a popular choice because it goes with almost everything. This makes it the perfect addition to any cocktail if you want to try something new and interesting.

If you are looking for a little variety in your drink choice, you should try these eight vodka drinks that give interesting twists to well-known classics.

1. Lemon Drop Shot

Based on the popular lemon drop martini, a refreshing Absolut lemon drop shot will make a popular addition to your next summer get-together. You will want to combine ⅔ part Absolut Citron, ½ part lemon juice, and ¼ part simple syrup and serve in a chilled shot glass with a slice of lemon. This will be an instant favorite for cooling down on a hot afternoon.

2. Cranberry Vodka Mimosa

For a unique morning brunch treat or an interesting cocktail during the holiday season, a cranberry vodka mimosa will give you all the refreshment of the original with an extra flavorful punch. You’ll make your mimosa as you normally would but halve the orange juice in favor of cranberry and pour in a bit of vodka. You’ll quickly fall in love with this more robust take on a brunch favorite.

3. Apple Cider Moscow Mule

The Moscow mule is more popular than ever with its spicy and tangy flavor served in a cold copper mug. For an updated version of this favorite drink, you should try an apple cider mule. Muddle ginger in the bottom of your mug and trade the ginger beer for apple cider and seltzer. This is the perfect drink when you need a little spice.

4. Spiked Arnold Palmer

This drink, named for the beloved golfer who popularized it, is a mix of iced tea and lemonade. For an adult twist on this non-alcoholic beverage, you can add a tea-infused vodka to lemonade and honey. To create the vodka, steep black tea in vodka for a few hours and then strain. Serve this drink over ice for an invigorating experience

5. Hawaiian Screwdriver

A screwdriver is a simple and popular drink, combining just vodka and orange juice for a bright acidic flavor. To add a Hawaiian spin, muddle some cherries in the bottom of your glass before you add the other ingredients and swap half of the orange juice for pineapple juice. This beverage is the perfect tropical version of a classic.

You can also try other tropical juices to mix it up even more. Mango, grapefruit, and guava will all make excellent additions to the screwdriver.

6. Blackberry Vodka Mojito

This blackberry vodka alternative takes the signature parts of a mojito – the lime and the mint – and creates an interesting cocktail you won’t soon forget. To make this drink, you can muddle blackberry and mint in the bottom of a shaker. You’ll want to add vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, and ice and then shake to combine. Strain into a glass with ice, add a bit of club soda, and garnish with mint.

7. Rosemary Vodka Cranberry

The ever-popular vodka cranberry gets a new dimension with a hint of rosemary. You can easily infuse vodka with rosemary by placing sprigs of rosemary in vodka and storing the concoction for a few days. When done, you only have to add the cranberry juice for the perfect cocktail.

8. Vodka Sour

This drink trades the traditional whiskey for vodka. You only need three things for this simple recipe: two parts vodka, one part lime or lemon, and one part simple syrup. Combine in a shaker and serve over ice.

There’s no reason to get bored with your cocktail choices. Simple changes to classic recipes can delight your palette by breathing fresh life into old favorites!

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