Fall and Winter Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Vodka is at home in all sorts of cold-weather cocktails

Come winter, many drinkers switch to brown spirits. That's a mistake, though—vodka can make great cocktails for the colder months. We've rounded up our favorite creamy, spicy, or boozy vodka cocktail recipes to get you through winter.

When the weather gets cold, a rich, creamy drink is the way to go. If you want to challenge your inner Dude, we’ve got a classic white Russian. Mix in coffee for a creamy espresso martini. Or try the Tom and Jerry, which features a batter of eggs, milk, and spices mixed with cognac and rum.

Want something lighter? Our Szarlotka is a fruity mix of unfiltered apple juice and bison grass vodka that tastes just like apple pie. For something spicy, the Dalmation takes vodka and grapefruit juice and hits it with a black pepper simple syrup. For the pickle lover, the Pekel is a twist on a dirty martini with pickle brine subbed in for olive juice.

On a chilly morning, you need a brunch drink that will warm you up. An Irish coffee or hot toddy might come to mind first, but a generously poured Bloody Mary will bring the heat, too. We’ve got 10 recipes for you check out, from the traditional, to variations with tomatillos, Old Bay seasoning, carrots, oysters, and beef broth.

Check out these and more in our collection of warming fall and winter vodka cocktail recipes!

Elizabeth Minchilli's Pomegranate Cocktail
Pomegranate Cocktail
In this sweet-tart cocktail with fresh pomegranate juice, vodka brings a spirit backbone while a touch of Cointreau adds rich orange sweetness.Matt Taylor-Gross
Broken Shaker Cocktail
Shaker Vodka Cranberry
We asked Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta, bartenders at The Broken Shaker in Miami, to create a cocktail for SAVEUR's 21st birthday. They obliged with an elevated twist on a classic vodka-cranberry using housemade cranberry vinegar—because nothing screams 21 like vodka and cranberry juice.Matt Taylor-Gross
Polish Apple Pie Cocktail (Szarlotka)
Polish Apple Pie Cocktail (Szarlotka)
Szarlotka is Polish for apple pie, and that's exactly what this two-ingredient highball tastes like. It's a match made in heaven—the unfiltered apple juice teases out Zubrowka's spicy notes.Ganda Suthivarakom
Maple Vodka and Espresso Dessert Cocktail
Maple Vodka and Espresso Dessert Cocktail
Indulge yourself with this cocktail treat, sweetened with maple syrup vodka, Kahlua, and heavy cream.Maxime Iattoni
La Grande Parade de Paris Cocktail
La Grande Parade de Paris
Fresh grapefruit and pomegranate juice balance out the rich balsamic reduction in this sophisticated drink.Todd Coleman
The Dalmatian
The Dalmatian
Coral-pink and slightly opaque, this cocktail looks demure, but it packs serious heat: bitter and sweet, earthy and deep, with a slow, lingering burn from the vodka and pepper.MacKenzie Smith
Pear Haymaker
Pear Haymaker
Vodka, ginger beer, and muddled pear make for a tart and refreshing cocktail perfect for sipping on a cool fall evening.Anna Stockwell
Cognac and Vodka Cocktail (Pépa)
Cognac and Vodka Cocktail (Pépa)
Named for Pépa Bonafé, a French starlet of the 1920s, this cocktail combines brandy and vodka in one bracing drink.Michael Kraus
Autumn Bellini
Autumn Bellini
Prosecco marries with richly spiced mulled cider and a splash of fig vodka in this fall drink.Anna Stockwell
Harvey Wallbanger
Harvey Wallbanger
Galliano liqueur gives this vodka and orange juice cocktail an herbal bite.Helen Rosner
St. Dill Martini
St. Dill Martini
With mustard seeds, dill sprigs, and a snappy kosher dill set in vodka, the St. Dill is a twist on the classic dirty martini.Helen Rosner
Bootsy Collins
Bootsy Collins
Lillet Rouge, a vibrant fortified wine, gives a warming boost to the classic Tom Collins.Helen Rosner
Modern Royale Cocktail
Modern Royale
A combination of vodka, elderflower liqueur, and fresh citrus juices topped with bubbly makes an exceptionally refreshing cocktail.Laura Sant
Dainty's Cranberry Gimlet
Dainty's Cranberry Gimlet
This pucker-inducing cranberry twist on a Cosmopolitan delivers striking color and the perfect balance of sweet and tart.Helen Rosner
The Pekel
The Pekel
Pickle brine replaces the olive juice in this twist on a dirty martini.Farideh Sadeghin
The Red Carpet
The Red Carpet
This elegant drink, served at New York restaurant Daniel to celebrate the Academy Awards, is made even more luxurious with a dusting of gold leaf.Helen Rosner
White Russian
White Russian
This smooth and sweet vintage cocktail is a cream-based variation on the vodka and coffee liqueur libation that became known as the Black Russian in the late '40s. Some credit the White Russian's resurgence in popularity to 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski, in which the lead character "The Dude" consumes little else.Ingalls Photography
Prairie Gold
Prairie Gold
A simple syrup flavored with bacon and popcorn sweetens this over-the-top cocktail made with vodka, caramel liqueur, and scotch.Laura Sant
Mumbatini
Mumbatini
This bracing vodka drink gets its resinous, pungent aroma from a good dose of curry leaves, which are both muddled in the drink and floated on top as a garnish.Ingalls Photography
Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
Experiencing the Tom and Jerry is like sipping a hot toddy through a brandy-laced, nutmeg-dusted froth. Serve this thick, batter-like concoction at your next holiday gathering.Todd Coleman
Planet of the Grapes Champagne Cocktail
Planet of the Grapes
We love this alluring concoction, which blends Pavan, an orange blossom–infused liqueur, with vodka, chamomile syrup, and sparkling wine.Ingalls Photography
Espresso Martini
Espresso Martini
Vodka, coffee, coffee liqueur, and cream are mixed with vanilla liqueur in this cocktail, which sits somewhere between a classic espresso martini and a White Russian.Ingalls Photography
Moscow Mule
Moscow Mule
This vodka-and–ginger beer libation is traditionally served in a copper mug.Ingalls Photography
Celery Cider
Celery Cider
Vodka, celery bitters, apple cider, and lime combine to create a light and smooth fall cocktail.Maxime Iattoni
Original Bloody Mary
Original Bloody Mary
A combination of vodka, tomato juice, fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire, and fresh ground spices is simple, classic, and always delicious.Michael Kraus
Old Bay Bloody Mary
Old Bay Bloody Mary
Old Bay seasoning gives this Bloody Mary an extra savory kick.Michael Kraus
Singapore Bloody Mary
Singapore Bloody Mary
Chiles and lemongrass lend fiery and citrusy notes to this incarnation of the Bloody Mary.Michael Kraus
Cajun Bloody Mary
Cajun Bloody Mary
The traditional Bloody Mary looks positively demure next to its Cajun cousin, which is robustly flavored with pickled okra, beef broth, and whole-grain mustard.Michael Kraus
Boston Bloody Mary
Boston Bloody Mary
This Bloody Mary gets a briny kick from freshly shucked oysters.Michael Kraus