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!
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. See the recipe for The Dalmatian »
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.