3 Ingredient Cocktails
Three Gulps Martini
This delicious four to one ratio martini with both vermouth and sherry has a tasty treat to savour with the last gulp.
Drink Without A Name
To say this nameless cocktail is spirit-led is an understatement but, as with a Martini, achieve a sufficiently cold serving temperature and you'll enjoy
Spanish Espresso Martini
This riff on Dick Brasell's classic Espresso Martini introduces rich vanilla and faint and delicate herbal notes.
A mere four drops of Abbotts Bitters play a crucial role in this delicately sweetened and complex vodka-based cocktail.
Vodka Silver Bullet
Perhaps best described as a Kümmel Martini with kümmel liqueur's strong caraway flavours fortified with vodka, freshened and made more complex by the
A vodka charged bittersweet aperitif with herbal notes laced with grainy vodka.
Fruity and a touch on the sweet side, this is a Screwdriver with added peach schnapps liqueur.
Flat White Martini
Martini drinkers of the gin/vodka and vermouth variety will describe this drink as being all too flat and all too white, but for lovers of flat white coffees
Espresso Martini (simple 3 equal parts recipe)
Balanced, tasty and enlivening, this cocktail is incredibly quick and easy to make using just three ingredients that should be every day essentials in
Kill Bill cocktail
There is little danger of killing bill with this slightly sweet, lychee and ginger drink which is laced with less than one shot of vodka.
Clean grainy vodka forms the back bone of this floral and herbal delicate dessert Vodkatini-style drink.
Peat smoked Islay whisky meets pinewood smoked Chinese tea, fortified with vodka.
A ‘Dry Martini’ influenced by a hint aged tequila.
Rich cherry liqueur flavours are balanced by dry vermouth and lifted by vodka.
Apricot brandy adds fruity zingyness to what otherwise would be a Screwdriver served straight-up.
Sweet brandy meets dry cherry eau-de-vie in this serious vodka-laced cocktail. Contemporary bartenders may prefer to stir this cocktail but it's classically
Vodka both fortifies this complexly spiced honeyed and herbal cocktail.
Apple Martini (with apple schnapps)
There are as many different recipes for this drink as there are varieties of apple and brands of apple liqueur: this one was popular in the UK during the
Floral vodka with dry vermouth complexity.
Stir well - this bittersweet drink benefits from dilution.
A Negroni where vodka is substituted for gin.
Kangaroo Dry Martini
Temperature is key to the enjoyment of this modern classic. Consume while icy cold.
Slightly sweet and very frothy. Easy drinking with a ginger kick.
Green Chartreuse adds extra complexity to what would otherwise be simply vodka-laced grape juice.
Flame of Love Martini
Bone dry but fresh and most definitely citrusy.
Go easy on the bitters and this is a complex and rewarding Martini-style drink.
Long, dry and fresh.
A caraway-influenced Martini.
Innocuously light in both flavour and alcohol. Add a shot of triple sec and you are well on your way to making a Cosmopolitan.
Fruity, cranberry laced with vodka and sweet peach liqueur. A quaffable cocktail from the 1980s.
A liquid After Eight. Some will prefer to stir, rather than shake this cocktail but it's better to shake it to wake it.
White Russian Cocktail
One of the best-known cocktails of the modern era the White Russian presents vodka and coffee liqueur served on the rocks, sipped through a silky layer
Smooth and creamy with a hint of chocolate.
Watermelon fruit shines in this medium-dry riff on a Vodka Martini.
A Screwdriver served straight up with a twist of cherry.
Two 'T' Fruity
Simple is beautiful - this drink is both. The rawness of vodka is balanced with sweet passion fruit and hints of orange bitters.
It's hard to believe this floral, dry, light golden tipple is so loaded with alcohol. Go easy twinkle toes!
Triple 'C' Cocktail
Rich vanilla, dark chocolate and cranberry juice. Indulgent and best after dinner.
A tad sweet nut very fruity.
Bittersweet liqueur and soda with vodka providing some oomph.
Port combines wonderfully with the maple syrup and is fortified by grainy vodka to produce a toffee-flavoured cocktail.
Rich strawberries fortified with vodka and a hint of pepper spice.
Citrus with a crispy chocolate edge. A sweetie.
Sweet cassis soured with grapefruit and fortified with vodka.
Many don't bother to shake this simple drink, instead simply building by pouring ingredients into ice-filled glass and then briefly stirring to mix.
Screwdriver (Difford's recipe)
The temperature at which this drink is served and the freshness of the orange juice are crucial to its success, but it's perhaps better made into a Harvey
Rich maraschino balances tart grapefruit in this vodka-laced aperitivo. Perhaps more interesting with gin in place of vodka.
Sake adds an almost wine-like delicacy to this approachable riff on the classic Dry Martini.
Rocky Mountain Rootbeer
Does indeed taste reminiscent of alcoholic root beer.
Vodka-laced rich berry fruit and dashes of zesty citrus.
A light, fruity, easy drinking cocktail.
This drink was originally based on gin but we find that juniper and pomegranate clash.
Pear & Elderflower Fruitini
Pear and elderflower fortified with vodka.
Passion Fruit Martini (simple)
Very fruity, slightly sweet, easy drinking and vodka-laced.
Passion Fruit Martini
Simple but tasty, harnessing the flavour of passion fruit.
A Black Russian with hazelnut liqueur.
After dinner, fortified almond and chocolate.
Coffee and whiskey cream with added vodka.
The vodka drink with a kick is simply vodka and ginger beer with a squeeze of lime served over ice. This drink's all-important enlivening spice is provided
A vodka-based Negroni.
Merry Widow #2
Vinous and aromatic.
Melon Martini (fresh fruit)
Probably the most popular of all the fresh fruit Martinis.
The Kir Royale meets the vodkatini in this pink but powerful drink.
A seabreeze with orange juice in place of grapefruit, making it slightly sweeter.
If you like the liqueur, you'll love the cocktail.
Infusing lavender in liquor tends to make it bitter but the Parfait Amour adds sweetness as well as flavour and colour.
Lavender & Black Pepper Cocktail
Subtly sweetened and lavender flavoured vodka, with a bump and grind of spicy pepper.
Ink Cocktail #2
Muscle shell blue in colour. Vodka charged cranberry and orange in flavour.
Fruity, easy drinking.
Orange juice and peach schnapps, laced with vodka.
Iced Sake Martini
Icewine adds interesting and wonderfully subtle honeyed notes to this Sake Martini.
An easy-going, foam topped relative of the Seabreeze.
Vodka-laced grapefruit and orange One to sip in the shade.
Simple but remarkably tasty.
Raspberry and pineapple laced with vodka. Easy drinking and very fruity.
An easy drinking blend of vodka, anise and orange juice.
It's a French Martini - hard not to like.
A berry-led, vodka-laced Fruitini.
Spirit (vodka) forward and floral with notes of berry fruit.
Likened to a Vodka & Red Bull for the discerning, the caffeine-loaded Espresso Martini consists of generous shots of vodka and espresso with coffee liqueur.
Light, fragrant and fruity - distinctly oriental.
Dry Ice Martini
Icewine has fabulously rich concentrated flavours due to being made using grapes frozen on the vine in Canada's harsh and early winters. Thanks to icewine,
Very similar to the Caipirovska in its use of vodka, lime and crushed ice: the honey makes the difference.
The chocolate liqueur takes the acidity off the wine without masking its flavour.
Not quite as rouge as the name would suggest. Hard to hate.
Dean's Gate Cocktail
Rich and strong with a warm, honeyed citrus flavour.
A medium dry, fragrant orange Martini
Black Cherry Cocktail
Subtle berry fruit tames vodka's sting with vermouth adding depth and complexity. Simple but tasty.
Apple & Elderflower Cocktail
Light and easy. Apple and elderflower laced with vodka.
Nutty coffee fortified with vodka - well balanced.
There's a note of raspberry and cola to this late-night cocktail.
Have you ever drunk from a fresh coconut in the Caribbean? Well, this is London's alcoholic equivalent.
Vodka and chocolate made more interesting with a hint of vermouth.
Choc & Nut Cocktail
Surprise, surprise - it's chocolate and hazelnut.
Dry and lightly spiced.
Sweet cherry brandy balanced by the fruity acidity of grapefruit, laced with vodka.
Fire yellow in colour, this drink features the distinctive flavour of Chartreuse with a citrus supporting cast.
Celery is usually only tasty when loaded with blue cheese. Vodka also seems to make it rather palatable.
Dry and refreshing but not particularly interesting.
Vodka replaces cachaça in this Caipirinha-style drink.
Tastes of mint ice-cream.
A dry, tart, refreshing long drink.
Obvious but tasty.
Big Apple Martini
There's no apple juice in this Martini, but it has an appealing light minty green hue.
Peachy! Based on the Bellini, funnily enough.
Pink, fluffy, heading to the sweet side, and all too easy to drink.
A tasty Caribbean combination of banana and pineapple.
Richly flavoured with orange and lemon.
Apple Martini (IBA spec)
Not really a Martini and not really much good.
Apple Martini (simple)
This is subtitled simple for good reason but, if freshly pressed juice is used, it's as good if not better than other Apple 'Martini' recipes.
A delicate, almond-flavoured Vodka Martini.
Easy to quaff – Patsy would love it.
Orange and cherry combine to produce a flavour rather like amaretto.
One Sip Martini
One sip is never enough of a really good thing – see our Three Gulps Martini.
This grapefruit fresh and light cocktail is equally suited to the aperitivo moment as it is breakfast.
Cherry juice laced with vodka and the merest hint of sweetness. Almost a healthy Martini.
Ice 'T' Knee
Honeyed palate topped off with tannin and jasmine.
Described by its creator as the most delicious way to boost your immunity. The alcohol kills the germs. The local honey and lemon boost your immunity.
So fruity, you could almost convince yourself this is a health drink.
57 T-Bird Shot
A 57 T-bird, or 1957 Ford Thunderbird to give it its full title, immortalised in the Beach Boys' song 'Fun Fun Fun', was the classic car for any 1950s'
This popular cocktail is simple but tasty. Try with just a splash of cola (rather than also with the cream that makes a Colorado Bulldog).
Dreamy Dorini Smoking Martini
As the name implies, this Martini is a good helping of smoky peat. And, if you like that kind of thing, it's equally dreamy.
A heady mix of gin, vodka and the distinctive herbal flavour of Chartreuse.
Extremely subtle, like a very complex Wet Vodkatini.
A bite-sized vodka take on the Margarita.
Mrs Robinson #2
A short Harvey Wallbanger.
Rosie Lassi Cocktail
Creamy vanilla yoghurt with floral rose liqueur fortified with vodka.
Looks like mouthwash but tastes like liquid After Eight chocolates. Dessert and after dinner minty drink in one.
Bitter liqueur toned down by passion fruit flavoured sugar syrup.
Citrussy, reminiscent of a blue Cosmo.
Tangy orange - except it's blue.
Fortified creamy melon.
A hazelnut Vodkatini with a hint of chocolate.
Coffee and tequila's successful relationship is enhanced by the introduction of vodka.
Lemon and orange combine to make a fresh tasting citrus shot.
For liquorice fans.
Purple Flirt #1
This purple drink is surprisingly balanced with subtle hints of liquorice.
Gin and vodka with a sweet hint of chocolate.
Suitably Frank (shot)
Frankly - it's sweet.
Why settle for a 52 when you can go one better?
Hardly a detox but tasty all the same.
Melon Ball Shot
A vivid green combination of vodka, melon and orange.
Tropical and sweet.
Russian Qualude Shot
An explosive herb and peppermint shot.
This drink may be sweet but despite the silly name it is more serious than you might expect.
Strangely enough, tastes like a Tic-Tac mint-flavoured Vodkatini.
Very much 'driven' by the flavour of Red Bull. Use an anejo tequila to balance the initial sweetness on the palate.
Sweet melon liqueur toned down by grapefruit and fortified by vodka.
Fourth of July Shot
Looks cool... tastes less so!