International Vodka Day is celebrated every year on the 4th of October. So today is the perfect day for you to raise your glasses to celebrate one of the world’s most loved alcohol.
But before we begin the celebrations, here’s a small history lesson on the clear spirit. Vodka is a Slavic word which translates to ‘little water’. Grain and other starchy plants, including rye, wheat, and potatoes, are fermented to make the spirit. However, water and ethanol are the major components.
Fun Fact: The first group of people to distil vodka using grains and potatoes were religious monks!
Before eventually gaining popularity elsewhere in the world, this liqueur first gained notoriety in Europe. In Poland, Russia, and Belarus, locals love drinking it unadulterated. Over the last few decades, the way people consume vodka has changed. Vodka is now produced all over the world using a variety of inventive flavours, scents, mixes, and types. But its powerful neutral flavour serves as a fantastic foundation for so many different mixed beverages and cocktails. True vodka lovers would prefer a neat drink but others would prefer it to be a base for a delicious cocktail.
You are in the perfect place if you want to enjoy this day to the fullest. Here are a few simple, fast, vodka-based drinks that are ideal for celebrating this day.
Kaffir Lime Cooler, by 145 Cafe and Bar Founder Ishaan Bahl
2-3 Kaffir leaves
1 tbsp chopped Lemongrass
20ml Elderflower syrup
15ml lime juice
1 tsp chopped ginger
10 ml coconut syrup
Splash of soda
Muddle the lemon grass, ginger and kaffir leaves. Add the other ingredients and shake in a cocktail shaker, double strain, garnish with Kaffir leaves and serve.
Glassware: Rock glass
Absolut Grapefruit Vodka Tonic
45 ml Absolut Grapefruit
120 ml Tonic Water
1 Grapefruit wedge
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add the vodka and tonic water and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.
Jimmy’s® Espresso Martini
60ml Jimmy’s® Espresso Martini mix
3 Coffee beans
Pour all ingredients into a shaker glass with ice and shake well. Serve in a martini or coupe glass and garnish with 3 coffee beans one each for health, wealth & happiness.
Bitter Sweet Symphony, by Sasmit Majrekar, Bar Manager Elephant & Co Pune
45 ml Vodka
10 ml Campari
10 ml Sugar Syrup
1/2 Mango Pulp
10 ml Lime Juice
4 drops Stellabunt
Ginger Ale to top up
Muddle mango pulp with vodka. Add the rest of the ingredients except ginger ale to a shaker.
Shake well with ice till all ingredients are mixed well and chilled. Strain into a highball glass with ice
and top up with ginger ale.
Belvedere Old Town Fizz
40 ml – Belvedere Vodka
15 ml – Sparkling Wine
20 ml – Lime
15 ml – Honey Water (2:1)
6-8 – Mint Leaves
A dash of Angostura
Add ingredients to a shaker. Shake and fine strain so there are no mint leaves in a coupe. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a lime wheel.
Kokum Smash, by Mayur Mallik, Senior Mixologist, Maai Goa
45ml Fresh kokum syrup
20ml Lime juice
8-10 Fresh Curry leaves
Add all the ingredients into a shaker and shake well. Serve in a gin goblet glass. Garnish – fresh curry leaves.
SMOKE LAB Classic infused with dried Kashmiri red chilli – 60 ML
Roasted sesame and honey syrup – 20 ML
Fresh Lemon juice – 25 ML
For infusion, drop one large Kashmiri red chilli into the bottle and let it macerate for 24 hours.
Honey syrup, blend 150 ML of honey with 75 ML of water and 5 gms of freshly roasted sesame seeds, set aside for an hour, and strain before using. Add all the ingredients to a shaker and ice, shake till frosty. Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with three drops of sesame oil and a Kashmiri chilli.
Fragaria, by Head Mixologist Latesh Kotial, Silly Khar
20ml Strawberry Puree
10ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
3-4 – Fresh Basil leaves
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with strawberry chunks and a basil sprig.