Unique Vodka Cocktails

6 Unique Vodka Cocktails Found in Vancouver

When it comes to cocktail booze, vodka doesn’t often get the respect it deserves: it lacks the versatility of gin, the punch of tequila, the exoticness of rum; it’s more suited for traditional highballs than sophisticated cocktails. Wrong. In the ever-evolving world of cocktails, Vodka is making a well-deserved comeback. With new flavours being discovered, and new flavour combinations being developed, Vodka has moved beyond cranberry juice and tonic to become an essential ingredient in modern mixology. Here are seven unique vodka cocktails that prove it.

gastown-swizzle

1. Gastown Swizzle

Slightly sweet, with a subtle bitterness, the Gastown Swizzle is a fruity concoction that highlights vodka’s versatility.

(Odd Society East Van) vodka
Aperol
Passion fruit
Orange
Aagave nectar
Fernet-Branca

Available in Vancouver at: L’Abattoir (Gastown)

2. Poperin Pear

Vodka and gin in the same cocktail? You bet. In this cocktail, they work perfectly together when balanced with the sweetness of the honey and Chartreuse and the sourness of the lemon.

(Grey Goose Pear) Vodka
Bombay Sapphire Gin
Yellow Chartreuse
Lemon
Apple Cider
Honey

Available in Vancouver at: Hawksworth

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moscow-fog

3. Moscow Fog

Russia and England settle their differences and come together for this unique combination of vodka, tea, and lavender.

(Banff Ice) Vodka
Earl Grey Tea
Lemon
Honey
Lavender Bitters
Egg White

Available in Vancouver at: West Restaurant (South Granville)

4. The Bloody Ming

A modern twist on the classic bloody mary, the addition of guava and Sriracha give this cocktail a pop and a zing. Perfect for the night before or the morning after.

Vodka
Guava
Lemon
Worcestershire
Sriracha
Salt
Pepper

Available in Vancouver at: The Keefer Bar

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professor-paradox

5. Professor Paradox

As the name suggests, this cocktail contains ingredients that seemingly should not go well together – vodka, sherry, and cassis. But with the bitters, the fruit, and the tea thrown into the mix, the paradox is solved.

Finlandia Vodka
Odd Society Cassis Liquer
Fino Sherry
Lemon
Peach
Black Tea
Kensington Aromatic Bitters

Available in Vancouver at: Uva (Yaletown)

6. Mike Lowery

The key ingredient in this cocktail is the Butterfly Pea Flower, which is used in a lot of traditional Southeast Asian cuisine, where it is used to give food and drink a bluish tint. Here, it not only gives the cocktail a pop of colour, but also a slightly floral flavour.

(Luksusowa) Vodka
Grapefruit
Lime
Honey
Butterfly Pea Flower
Lavender Bitters

Available in Vancouver at: Crowbar

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So dust off those taste buds and try one (or all) of these one-of-a-kind cocktails, and discover why vodka is making its comeback. Maybe vodka is not your thing? Fear not: Vancouver has a ton of unique cocktails for you to try. And if you happen to be heading out to impress your date but your wallet is flatter than usual, be sure to read about some cool, affordable Vancouver restaurants.