It means “the water of life,” and for many bartenders and mixologists it is indeed the lifeblood of their business. Vodka is the go-to spirit for bartenders looking to create an accessible libation or leverage its base ingredient as a jumping off point for a complex concoction. Infuse it with anything from fruits to hot peppers, serve it chilled with a dash of vermouth, shake it with a fresh citrus juice and some simple syrup — vodka delivers in both classic and contemporary cocktails. This versatile, pure spirit keeps bars seeking profits afloat and customers looking for comfortable yet innovative drinks content. Here are some recipes to spark new life into your vodka cocktail offerings.
Created by Michael Waterhouse, proprietor of Dylan Prime & Drink Tank in New York City.
2 ounces Bak’s Bison Grass Vodka
4 basil leaves
2 lemon wedges
Muddle fruit and basil together and add Bak’s Bison Grass Vodka. Shake and serve over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a basil leaf.