6 Summer Go-to Vodka Cocktails!

6 Simple Summer Vodka Drinks that will have you SWOONING!

By mid week I am usually ready to unwind and spend a couple of hours with friends catching up over a cocktail. I am a firm believer that having “adult time”makes you a better parent. It allows you time to take a break and regroup.  This week I joined a friend for cocktails and when I was presented with the menu (and so many drink choices) honestly , I was stumped! I love trying new drinks, but I have a pretty picky pallet. If I am not drinking wine, I like vodka and I want a cocktail that is light and refreshing, but nothing too sweet!

This put me on a mission to find my favorite go-to vodka cocktails for the summer. I have searched and sipped this week to find the 6 perfect summer drinks for a picky pallet!

1.) Rooftop Lemonade

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. vodka, ( I like Grey Goose or Kettle One)

3 oz. fresh squeezed lemonade

Cucumber slices

Lemon wedges, for garnish

*Shake vodka and lemonade. Toss with cucumber slices. Pour into a Collins glass and garnish with lemon wedges.

2.) Vodka Gimlet

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. vodka, preferably Grey Goose

1 oz. fresh lime juice

3/4 simple syrup

Lime wedge, for serving

*Shake vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. Pour over a coupe and garnish with lime wedge.

3.) Cosmopolitan (my go-to year round!)

INGREDIENTS

1 3/4 oz. lemon vodka  (try Belvedere Cytrus Poland)

1/2 oz. Cointreau

1/2 oz. cranberry juice

1/2 oz. lime juice

1/4 oz. simple syrup

Lime wedge, for garnish

*Shake vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Pour over a coupe. Garnish with lime wedge.

4.) Lemon Drop Martin

INGREDIENTS

1.25 oz. vodka preferably Grey Goose

0.25 oz. triple sec

0.25 oz. lemon juice

*Combine all the ingredients, simply pour them all into a glass, and preferably one with a sugar rim.

5.) Cherry Slice Cocktail

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Grey Goose Noir vodka

3/4 part fresh squeezed lemon juice

3/4 part simple syrup

Splash of Club Soda

*Combine the Cherry Noir vodka, lemon, juice and simple syrup. Then top it with a splash of club soda and stir gently.

6.) Light Pomegranate Berry Punch

INGREDIENTS

.5 oz. Smirnoff Sorbet Light Raspberry Pomegranate

2 oz. diet ginger ale

1 oz. cranberry juice

1 lime wedge for garnish

 *Combine the ingredients in a highball glass, squeeze in the lime, and stir.

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