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7 Easy Vodka Fruit Cocktail Recipes for Summer

Updated on June 22, 2016
Spicy raspberry and lime vodka cocktail with chocolate dusting
Spicy raspberry and lime vodka cocktail with chocolate dusting

A Delightful Vodka Fruit Cocktail for Every Day of the Week

Cocktails of a huge number of different types are popular at any time of year. There is something about long hot summer days or warm and sticky summer nights, however, which make cocktails - and particularly refreshing fruit cocktails - particularly appealing and enjoyable. The cocktail recipes on this page all use vodka as their alcoholic element but other than that incorporate a wide variety of tasty summer fruits. They are all designed not only to be quick and easy to prepare but to have a minimum number of ingredients, keeping down the cost of their preparation.

Do You Add Ice to Your Cocktails and Other Drinks? If So, Why?

Lemon wedges are perfect for chilling drinks without watering them down
Lemon wedges are perfect for chilling drinks without watering them down

Yes, it is a strange question - or at least it appears to be at first glance. If you think for a minute, though: what does ice actually do to your cocktail or other drink? Yes, it cools it, often quite considerably - but what happens as the ice melts? It turns to water and effectively waters down the flavour of your drink!

So how can you get the best of both worlds? There is at least one incredibly simple solution to that problem and that is to freeze portions of whole fruit. For example, a gin and tonic is a drink which is often served with "ice and a slice (of lemon or lime)" - so why not make the lemon/lime serve the dual purpose of cooling and flavouring the drink?

Lemons and limes are the two fruits I always have frozen in wedges in my freezer but one of the things this page will explore is how to use other fruits in exactly the same way.

How to Make Simple Sugar Syrup for Sweetening Cocktails

Sugar syrup is simply sugar dissolved in water
Sugar syrup is simply sugar dissolved in water

Sugar syrup is a lot more simple than it may sound. It is essentially just a combination of equal quantities by volume of sugar and water and is used to sweeten a wide variety of different cocktails. Most of the recipes on this page use the syrup but it is a matter of taste and the quantities can be varied as desired.

To make sugar syrup, simply measure out a quantity of sugar in a drinking glass, cup or anything similar and add to a small saucepan. Use the same vessel to measure out a similar quantity of cold water and add to the pan. Gently heat, stirring with a wooden spoon just until the sugar is dissolved. This shouldn't take too long. Turn off the heat, leave to cool then pour in to an appropriate dish and refrigerate until required.

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Sugar for sugar syrup is added to saucepan
Sugar for sugar syrup is added to saucepan
An equal quantity by volume of water is added to the sugar
An equal quantity by volume of water is added to the sugar

Where do you store your vodka? Why not try keeping it in the deep freeze? It may thicken very slightly but will not freeze in any way solid and is always super, super cold!

Sweet and Tangy Mango, Pineapple and Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail

Introducing the, "Michelle's Mellow Yellow Fruity Fellow," cocktail

Three very different yellow fruits ranging in flavour from sweet to tangy combine very well with the vodka to produce a delicious and extremely refreshing summer cocktail. Using certain fruits canned rather than fresh saves both time and money but they should be canned in juice rather than syrup for best results.

A Michelle's Mellow Yellow Fruity Fellow cocktail is blended pineapple, mango and grapefruit with vodka
A Michelle's Mellow Yellow Fruity Fellow cocktail is blended pineapple, mango and grapefruit with vodka

Prep time

Prep time: 5 min

Yields: 6 cocktails

Ingredients

  • 14 ounce can grapefruit segments in juice
  • 8 ounce can pineapple rings in juice
  • 6 ounces fresh mango chunks
  • 12 shots chilled vodka
  • 6 frozen lemon wedges
  • 6 sprigs of basil to garnish

How to Make a Michelle's Mellow Yellow Fruity Fellow

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Grapefruit, pineapple and mango for blendingPreparing to blend grapefruit, mango and pineappleWedge of frozen lemon is added to a glass for cocktail
Grapefruit, pineapple and mango for blending
Grapefruit, pineapple and mango for blending
Preparing to blend grapefruit, mango and pineapple
Preparing to blend grapefruit, mango and pineapple
Wedge of frozen lemon is added to a glass for cocktail
Wedge of frozen lemon is added to a glass for cocktail
  1. Pour the full contents of both cans in to your food processor jug. Add the mango chunks and blitz until smooth.
  2. Pour the vodka in via the hole in top of the processor and blitz again very briefly to mix.
  3. Place a frozen lemon wedge in each glass before pouring in the cocktail mix and garnishing with the basil sprigs.

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Naming Cocktails

A glance through the cocktail menu of any up-market bar or five star hotel will be likely to reveal a startling variety of quirky and unusual names for the drinks on offer. Who thinks up these names, we often can't help but wonder, and how do they come up with their ideas? Well, the names of the cocktails on this page are a little bit different, in that they all include a woman's name. This is attributed to something once said by legendary French chef Albert Roux, when he confessed to naming many of his creations after beautiful women from his past. Surely an interesting idea and definitely a way of adding a special extra twist to his dishes?

So, do or did any of the women named in these cocktail creations ever actually exist? Well, a gentleman of course never tells...

Decadently Indulgent Dark Chocolate and Grape Vodka Cocktail

Introducing the, "Nell's Nights of Dark Satin," cocktail

Chocolate is frequently combined with fruits of many different types in a wide variety of different ways so why not in a cocktail? This smooth, rich, velvety, seductive cocktail is perfect for those balmy, late summer evenings after the sun has gone down. Note that for this recipe, high cocoa dark chocolate is used. The chocolate here is 85% cocoa but anything above 70% is fine.

A Nell's Nights of Dark Satin cocktail is a combination of red grapes, dark chocolate and vodka
A Nell's Nights of Dark Satin cocktail is a combination of red grapes, dark chocolate and vodka

Prep Time

Prep time: 2 hours (freezing time required - hands on time, 10 min maximum)

Yields: 4 cocktails

Ingredients

  • 1 pound red (or black) grapes
  • 2 ounces strong dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa), plus extra little bit to grate for garnish
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar syrup
  • 8 shots of vodka
  • 2 thin slices of clementine orange, halved

How to Make a Nell's Nights of Dark Satin Cocktail

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Dark chocolate and red grapes
Dark chocolate and red grapes
Grapes added to plastic dish for part freezing
Grapes added to plastic dish for part freezing
Dark chocolate, cinnamon and ginger
Dark chocolate, cinnamon and ginger
Red grapes, dark chocolate and spices ready for blitzing
Red grapes, dark chocolate and spices ready for blitzing
Blended red grapes, dark chocolate and spices
Blended red grapes, dark chocolate and spices
Part frozen grapes are added to serving glass
Part frozen grapes are added to serving glass
Vodka is poured over part frozen grapes
Vodka is poured over part frozen grapes
Chocolate and grape syrup is poured in to glass with vodka
Chocolate and grape syrup is poured in to glass with vodka
Chocolate is grated over top of cocktails
Chocolate is grated over top of cocktails
  1. Put around a dozen of the grapes (allowing three or four per cocktail) in to a small plastic dish and in to the freezer for two hours. This will cause the grapes to become very cold and firm though they should not be completely frozen and will be easy to chew.
  2. When the two hours are almost up, pick the remaining grapes from the stalks and add them to the jug of your food processor/blender. Break the chocolate in and add the cinnamon, ginger, sugar syrup and mint leaves.
  3. Blend for a minute or so until mostly smooth. You may find there are little bits of chocolate left in the mix - like chocolate chips - but this adds character and texture to the cocktail.
  4. Add three or four of the part frozen grapes to each serving glass and pour over two shots of vodka.
  5. Pour enough of the blended grapes and chocolate in to each glass to almost fill it. Stir carefully but well with a teaspoon.
  6. Grate the remaining piece of chocolate over the glasses to create a dusting on top of each cocktail.
  7. Make a small nick in the orange half slices and use to garnish the edge of each glass.

Cool and Refreshing Cucumber and Watermelon Vodka Cocktail

Introducing the, "Carol's Cool as a Cucumber Comforter," cocktail

There is a saying about being as cool as a cucumber and the same truth applies to watermelon. The reason for this is the high water content of both fruits, which makes them the ideal inclusions in a cocktail for an exceptionally hot summer's day.

Super summer cooling cucumber and watermelon cocktail
Super summer cooling cucumber and watermelon cocktail

Prep Time

Prep time: 40 min (includes half hour freezing time)

Yields: 6 cocktails

Ingredients

  • ½ small to medium watermelon
  • 1 whole cucumber
  • 4 large mint leaves
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 12 shots vodka
  • Salt and white pepper
  • 6 small celery sticks
  • 6 slices of cucumber

How to Make a Carol's Cool as a Cucumber Comforter

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Watermelon and cucumber
Watermelon and cucumber
Chopped cucumber and peeled and chopped watermelon
Chopped cucumber and peeled and chopped watermelon
Cuicumber and watermelon ready for blitzing
Cuicumber and watermelon ready for blitzing
Straining blitzed watermelon and cucumber
Straining blitzed watermelon and cucumber
Strained watermelon and cucumber cocktail mix
Strained watermelon and cucumber cocktail mix
Cucumber and watermelon cocktail mix is added to glasses
Cucumber and watermelon cocktail mix is added to glasses
  1. Cut the watermelon in to slices. Cut off and discard the skin. Roughly chop.
  2. Remove the top and tail of the cucumber before roughly chopping.
  3. Add the cucumber and watermelon to a large bowl and put in your deep freeze for half an hour.
  4. You will probably need to blitz the fruits in two batches. Add half the vodka, half the lime juice and two mint leaves to each batch.
  5. Place a fine sieve over a large bowl and sieve the blended mix, using a wooden spoon to help coax the mix through the sieve.
  6. Stir the sieved mix well and season to taste with salt and white pepper.
  7. Divide the mix between glasses and garnish with the celery sticks and cucumber slices.

Desert Island Banana, Peach and Coconut Vodka Cocktail Recipe

Introducing the, "Tracy's Tantalisingly Tasty Tropical Treat," cocktail

Cocktails are very often associated with tropical paradises, azure blue seas and golden, pristine sandy beaches. Bananas and coconuts are two fruits associated with such beautiful locations and peaches work very well as an additional ingredient.

Tracy's Tantalisingly Tasty Tropical Treat is a cocktail of banana, coconut, peaches and vodka
Tracy's Tantalisingly Tasty Tropical Treat is a cocktail of banana, coconut, peaches and vodka

Prep Time

Prep time: 2 hours (freezing time required - hands on time 10 min)

Yields: 6 cocktails

Ingredients

  • 4 bananas (2 large for cocktail, 2 small for chopping and freezing)
  • 14 ounce can peach slices in juice
  • 14 ounce can coconut milk
  • 12 shots vodka
  • Few squares of dark chocolate for shredding
  • 6 large basil leaves, rolled and shredded

How to Make a Tracy's Tantalisingly Tasty Tropical Treat Cocktail

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Chopping banana for freezing
Chopping banana for freezing
Principal cocktail ingredients
Principal cocktail ingredients
Bananas and peaches ready for blitzing
Bananas and peaches ready for blitzing
Bananas and peaches are blended with coconut milk
Bananas and peaches are blended with coconut milk
Frozen banana pieces are added to cocktail serving glass
Frozen banana pieces are added to cocktail serving glass
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Cocktail is poured over forzen banana in glasses
  1. Peel and roughly chop the smaller two bananas. Put them in to a suitable dish and your freezer for a couple of hours. This will cause them to become very cold and fairly firm but not quite fully frozen, allowing them to be eaten as the cocktail is drunk.
  2. Peel and roughly chop the larger bananas and add to your blender/food processor with the full contents of the cans of peaches and coconut milk.
  3. Blitz the combination until smooth before pouring in the vodka and blitzing briefly to combine.
  4. Add a couple of pieces of semi-frozen banana to each glass and pour in the cocktail.
  5. Shave the chocolate with a knife on a chopping board and scatter over the cocktails to garnish, along with the shredded basil leaves.

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Sweet and Fruity Apple, Pear and White Wine Vodka Cocktail

Introducing the, "Victoria's Summer Sweet Vodka Vino," cocktail

Apples and pears are probably two of the most popularly eaten summer fruits and combine very well together in this potent recipe with both white wine and vodka.

Victoria's Summer Sweet Vodka Vino is a white wine, apple and pear cocktail
Victoria's Summer Sweet Vodka Vino is a white wine, apple and pear cocktail

Prep Time

Prep time: 10 min

Yields: 6 cocktails

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet green eating apples (don't use cooking apples) - these are Golden Delicious
  • 1 ripe pear
  • ½ bottle white wine
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar syrup
  • 12 shots of vodka
  • 6 frozen lime wedges
  • 6 sprigs basil to garnish

How to Make a Victoria's Summer Sweet Vodka Vino

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Apples and pear for cocktail
Apples and pear for cocktail
Apples, pear, white wine and lime juice ready for blending
Apples, pear, white wine and lime juice ready for blending
Blitzed apples, pear and white wine
Blitzed apples, pear and white wine
Frozen lime wedge is served with Victoria's Summer Sweet Vodka Vino cocktail
Frozen lime wedge is served with Victoria's Summer Sweet Vodka Vino cocktail
  1. Wash the apples and pear but don't peel. Core and roughly chop.
  2. Add the fruit, lemon juice, white wine and sugar syrup to your food processor jug and blitz until smooth.
  3. Pour the vodka in to the jug and very briefly blitz again to mix.
  4. Put the lime wedges in to the glasses and pour in the cocktail. Garnish with the basil sprigs.

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Shaken or Stirred?

It was perhaps James Bond more than anyone else who made it widely known that many cocktails can either be shaken or stirred. If the cocktail is to be stirred, anything from a straw to a teaspoon can be used to serve the purpose but when it is to be shaken, a dedicated cocktail shaker is most commonly used for the purpose, especially in commercial outlets.

There is, however, an alternative to the cocktail shaker that affords additional benefits and that is the humble vacuum flask. The construction is relatively similar - except for the fact that the vacuum flask not only keeps hot drinks hot, it also keeps cold drinks cool. Want to make a large quantity of your cocktail simultaneously? Flasks are likely to have a greater capacity than shakers, making this possible. The vacuum flask is definitely the option which gives you the best of both worlds and the ability to keep your cocktails cool for up to several hours. You can also, of course, use the same item for a variety of other purposes, such as taking hot soups on Winter fishing trips.

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Comfortingly Familiar Spicy Pureed Tomatoes and Vodka Cocktail

Introducing the, "Twisted Bloody Mary," cocktail

This cocktail differs from a traditional Bloody Mary in that it is made from canned tomatoes which are pureed with celery stalk and leaves. The actual celery replaces the celery salt but several other traditional ingredients are still included. The name simply comes from the fact that this is a twist on the Bloody Mary.

A Twisted Bloody Mary is made with pureed canned tomatoes and celery
A Twisted Bloody Mary is made with pureed canned tomatoes and celery

Prep Time

Prep time: 10 min

Yields: 4 cocktails

Ingredients

  • 14 ounce can chopped tomatoes in tomato juice
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 tablespoon celery leaves (taken from the centre of the bulb)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
  • Good splash (but be careful!) Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and plenty of black pepper
  • 4 frozen lemon wedges
  • 4 small, leafy celery sticks
  • 4 thin slices cucumber to garnish

How to Make a Twisted Bloody Mary Cocktail

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Tomato and celery puree ingredients added to blender
Tomato and celery puree ingredients added to blender
Vodka is poured in to tomato and celery puree
Vodka is poured in to tomato and celery puree
Tomato and vodka combination is added to vacuum flask
Tomato and vodka combination is added to vacuum flask
Lid is screwed on to vacuum flask
Lid is screwed on to vacuum flask
Vodka and tomato puree combination is poured in to serving glass
Vodka and tomato puree combination is poured in to serving glass
Frozen lemon wedge is added to glass
Frozen lemon wedge is added to glass
Small celery stick is added to Twisted Bloody Mary
Small celery stick is added to Twisted Bloody Mary
  1. Put the tomatoes, celery stick (trimmed and roughly chopped), celery leaves and seasonings in to your food processor jug and blitz until smooth.
  2. Pour the combination in to your flask (or very large cocktail shaker) and add the vodka. Screw the inner lid on to the flask and shake.
  3. Put a frozen lemon wedge in each glass and pour in the cocktail. Add a celery stick.
  4. Make a small nick in each of the cucumber slices and slide on to the edges of the glasses.

Spicy and Fruity Raspberry, Chilli and Lime Vodka Cocktail

Introducing the, "Pamela's Pleasure and Passion Potion," cocktail

It may seem strange adding a chilli to a fruit based cocktail but the little bit of spiciness works very well. Chilli of course also goes very well with chocolate.

Pamela's Pleasure and Passion Potion is a vodka cocktail with raspberry, lime and red chilli
Pamela's Pleasure and Passion Potion is a vodka cocktail with raspberry, lime and red chilli

Prep Time

Prep time: 2 hours (freezing time required - hands on time 10 min)

Yields: 8 cocktails

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh raspberries plus extra for freezing
  • 1 medium to hot red chilli pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • ¾ pint limeade/lime soda (refers to British imperial, 15 fluid ounces or just under 1 US pint)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar syrup
  • 16 shots of vodka
  • High cocoa content black chocolate for grating over cocktails
  • 8 small basil sprigs to garnish

How to Make a Pamela's Pleasure and Passion Potion Cocktail

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Fresh raspberries and red chilli pepper
Fresh raspberries and red chilli pepper
Bottle of limeade
Bottle of limeade
Measuring out limeade for cocktail
Measuring out limeade for cocktail
Raspberries, chilli, sugar syrup and lime juice ready for blitzing
Raspberries, chilli, sugar syrup and lime juice ready for blitzing
Blitzed raspberries, chilli and flavourings
Blitzed raspberries, chilli and flavourings
Frozen raspberries added to cocktail glass
Frozen raspberries added to cocktail glass
Strained raspberry cocktail mix poured over frozen raspberries
Strained raspberry cocktail mix poured over frozen raspberries
Dark chocolate is grated over cocktails to serve
Dark chocolate is grated over cocktails to serve
  1. Put 3 raspberries per person in to a small dish and the freezer for two hours. This will only part freeze them and allow them to further cool the drinks.
  2. Pour the pound of washed raspberries in to your food processor jug, reserving 8 to garnish. Add the chilli, limeade and sugar syrup. Blitz until smooth.
  3. Pour the vodka in and blitz briefly to combine.
  4. Raspberries of course have a great many small seeds, the majority of which will not have been blitzed in the blender. This means that the cocktail now has to be strained through a very fine sieve over a large bowl or jug before being served. The seeds are so plentiful that they will otherwise spoil the enjoyment of the drink.
  5. Put the part frozen raspberries in to the glasses and pour in the cocktail.
  6. Grate some chocolate over the top of each glass. Make a cut in the garnishing raspberries and slide them on to the edge of each glass before laying on the basil sprigs.

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      Ashley Cogdill 17 months ago from Indiana/Chicagoland

      These all sound delicious, great hub! :)

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      Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Thank you, jcsteele. Hope there's something here you may some day give a try.

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      Jelena 2 years ago from Florida

      Awesome cocktail recipes Gordon.

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      Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Pleasure to do so, Akriti. Thanks for commenting and I hope you get a chance to try out some of these ideas and enjoy them very much.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Hey thanks for sharing this here. Gotta try them out :)

      Voted up :)

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      Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Thank you, torrilynn. The perfect time of year for trying many of them is approaching so I hope you enjoy them at their best.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      delicioso. thanks for the awesome recipes. i will try a few of them sooner rather than later.

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      Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Thank you tirelesstraveler. Bacon vodka does ring a bell somewhere at the back of my mind but I don't think I've ever tried it. I must look in to it and give it a go. Thanks for the idea.

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      Wow, I am impressed. Didn't know you could make such lovely cocktails. Very nice recipes. A friend of ours had a bacon extravaganza for his birthday. He made bacon vodka. Someone gave him a bottle as well. The home made was much better than the store bought and both were surprisingly tasty.

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      Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Thank you, randomcreative. I hope there's at least one among them you will care to try :)

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Wow, you've covered all of the vodka cocktail options that anyone could possibly need for the warm months! As always, thanks for putting together such a detailed resource.

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      Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Moderation is a very good idea, Kristen - enjoy!

      Thank you, Marcy. I'm sure that non-alcoholic versions of these ideas could easily be prepared and enjoyed equally well.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

      I don't drink vodka (or other alcohol, for that matter), but your hub sure tempts me! Nice ideas!!!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I will give it a try to drink it in moderation this summer.

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      Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Ha! I do now, Kristen - but ten years ago, no chance! The key is in finding out how the local people drink/eat any product. I had tried Russian vodka before but I was drinking it at room temperature, like I would whisky. (Whisky must never be chilled - nor should ice ever be added.) As soon as that Russian guy put me right, it was like tasting it for the first time. Go for it - but make sure it's freezer chilled :)

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're welcome, That's so interesting to know about vodka, Do you recommend it?

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      Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Thank you, Kristen. You know, I never liked vodka until a few years back when a (Russian) visitor to the UK gave me the tip to keep it in the freezer. The difference is incredible! It's like drinking a totally different substance and so much better. It will never compare to whisky for me - but at least I can now enjoy it as an occasional alternative.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great cocktail recipes here, Gordon. I would love to try them all, except for the last one of course. I never had vodka before and would give it a go sometime this summer. Voted up for useful!

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