5 Vodka Cocktail Ideas For Your Next Happy Hour

The holiday season is still a few weeks away, but Team SN is celebrating an underrated yet equally festive holiday right now–National Vodka Day.

When happy hour rolls around, you can find us sipping on a few of our favorite cocktails, and National Vodka Day is no exception. We put together a very special edition of SN Eats in honor of the day, complete with five cocktail recipes to follow before you say cheers.

Team SN gives us a step-by-step guide to these Insta-worthy cocktails below, from cozy seasonal recipes to a versatile drink you can make with any liquor (for the rare occasion you feel like cheating on vodka). Welcome to SN Eats, cocktail edition–join us for a toast!

Spiced Cider Mule

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounce vodka (I used Tito's!)

  • 3 ounces spiced apple cider

  • 1 ounce ginger beer

  • 1 cinnamon stick, to garnish

Directions:

  • Mix vodka, apple cider, and ginger beer into a glass with ice

  • You can also serve it warm–just heat up the spiced apple cider first!

  • Garnish with cinnamon stick

Recipe adapted from Tito's

Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 shots of vodka

  • 1 shot Kahlua

  • 2 shots of pumpkin spice creamer

  • 2-3 Graham crackers

  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

  • Fill the glass with ice

  • Pour in the vodka, Kahlua, and creamer

  • Stir to combine

  • Garnish with cinnamon sticks

  • For the rim: Crush graham crackers and combine with pumpkin pie spice. Coat the rim of a glass with water or honey, and then dip it into the graham mixture to coat.

Hot Toddy

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces Ketel One vodka

  • 4 ounces turmeric ginger tea (Earl Grey works great here too!)

  • 1/4 ounces lemon juice 

  • 1 dollop of honey

  • A pinch of cinnamon 

  • 1 lemon slice to garnish

Directions:

  • Brew tea to your liking

  • Mix tea and Ketel One vodka in a glass

  • While stirring, add lemon juice, honey, and cinnamon 

  • Stir and garnish with lemon

  • Serve warm!

Moscow Mule

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces vodka

  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice

  • 1 ounce of ginger beer

  • Lime slices and wedges for garnish

Directions:

  • Fill a glass with ice (Moscow Mules are traditionally served in copper mugs, but I love them in any glass!)

  • Pour vodka and lime juice into glass

  • Add ginger beer and stir to combine

  • Finish the drink off with lime slices and wedges to garnish

  • Enjoy!

Basil Vodka Gimlet

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 fresh basil leaves

  • Juice of one lime

  • 2 ounces vodka (this is amazing with gin or tequila as well really any clear spirit should work)

  • ½ ounce simple syrup

Directions:

  • Add the basil leaves and the simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and muddle until the basil leaves are crushed

  • Juice one full fresh lime into the cocktail shaker

  • Add the vodka and fill the cocktail shaker with ice

  • Shake until cold

  • Strain the drink into a martini or coup glass

  • Garnish with a fresh basil leaf

  • Enjoy!