Happy Vodka Day!

Although it seems like every day is — or should be — vodka day, National Vodka Day actually is celebrated on Oct. 4 and is the perfect time to pay homage to vodka’s loyal fan base. The clear spirit comes in various iterations (potato vodka, flavored vodka, infused vodka, etc.) and can be enjoyed mixed with anything from muddled fruits to sweet liqueurs and purees to just adding a splash of vermouth and an olive. In fact, celebrating vodka day will benefit you in the long run. After all, a bar that doesn’t appreciate the subtle nuances of vodka is missing out on more than just profits but experimental drink making, as well.

Stoli Chocolat Raz Pomegranate Twist
Created by Charlotte Voisey, portfolio ambassador for William Grant & Sons.

2 parts Stoli Chocolat Razberi Vodka
1 parts pomegranate juice
1 squeeze lemon
Lemon slice, for garnish

Shake with ice and strain into Martini glass. Garnish with lemon slice.

The Whatamelon,
Created by H. Joseph Ehrmann, proprietor of Elixir in San Francisco.

1½ oz. Square One Cucumber Organic Vodka

1 oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur
2 oz. watermelon juice or five one-inch watermelon cubes
6 mint leaves
½ oz. lime juice
½ oz. agave nectar

Fill with ice, shake well for 10 seconds and strain over fresh ice.

Manta RayHaru’s Manta Ray
Created by Haru’s Senior Director of Operations Keith Dusko.

1½ oz. Svedka Raspberry vodka
1 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. cranberry juice
½ oz. Chambord

Shake ingredients with ice and pour straight up.

Russian Standard VodkaRelax Me
Courtesy of Russian Standard Vodka.

1½ oz. Russian Standard Vodka
1 oz. banana liquor
1 oz. peach liquor
2 ½ oz. orange juice
½ oz. grenadine
Cherry and orange slice, for garnish

Shake Russian Standard Vodka, banana liquor, peach liquor and orange juice gently over ice. Pour grenadine over ice in a highball glass. Add vodka mixture and garnish with orange and cherry.

Blue Ice American VodkaAmerican Holiday
Courtesy of Blue Ice American Vodka.

2 oz. Blue Ice American Vodka
¾ oz. sweet and sour mix
½ oz. blue Curaçao
½ oz. pineapple juice
Pineapple slice and cherry, for garnish

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a pineapple slice and cherry.

Grey Goose Le Citron JardinGrey Goose Le Citron Jardin Vert
Created by Grey Goose attaché Christophe Namer.

2 parts Grey Goose Le Citron flavored vodka
¾ part fresh-squeezed lime juice
¾ part simple syrup
2 pieces of celery stalk, 2-inches long
1/3 cup cilantro, loosely packed
Chinese celery straw, for garnish.

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, place celery and cilantro and muddle well. Add remaining ingredients, and shake vigorously. Double strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube and present with a Chinese celery straw.

On the menu at Mr. Lucky’s 24-7 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

1 oz. Stoli Vanil
¾ oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
¾ oz. gingerbread syrup
Dash nutmeg
Cinnamon stick, for garnish.

Combine above ingredients in mixing glass and add ice, shake well and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.