Vodka is probably the easiest drink to make at a party and is also the most popular one. This New Years, you can make these simple and easy cocktails rather than having the usual mixes or plain shots!  

The 4 Basics:

Vodka (obviously),  lemon / orange, cinnamon sticks, sugar cubes / honey 

Have a strainer and a lighter handy too. 

  1. Screwdriver 

This drink gets its name from a story that says that the drink is made by mixing it with a screwdriver. It tastes just as good when mixed with a spoon as well, don’t worry! All you need are the following ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 ounce vodka 
  • 4 1/2 ounce orange juice 

All you need to do is mix these two and add ice cubes to your drink. Yes, that’s all you need to make a good screwdriver! 

 2. Cape Codder 

The Cape Codder is a refreshing and simple drink to make based on just two ingredients. If you are a cranberry juice fan, you would definitely like this drink! 

  • 1 1/2 ounce vodka 
  • 4 1/2 ounce cranberry juice

You have to mix these two ingredients together and add ice cubes to your highball glass. You can add a splash of soda as well. Finish your drink off by squeezing a little lemon in your drink and adding it as a garnish. 

3. Madras 

Madras is a fruity highball drink which is perfect and easy to make for any occasion. It is slightly mellow in taste and not very strong. You need the following ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 ounce vodka 
  • 1 1/2 ounce cranberry juice 
  • 4 ounce orange juice 

Fill the highball glass with ice cubes. Pour the vodka and both the juices over it and fill the glass up. Stir it well and finish the drink by garnishing it with a lemon wedge. 

4. Caipiroska 

It is an easy drink to create and you will want more of it if you get the balance of the sweet and sour right. You will require only 3 ingredients for this drink: 

  • 2 ounce vodka 
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • 1 lemon  

Add sugar and lime quarters in a glass and crush it together with ice. Get the mixture out in a chilled glass and add vodka in it. Add some lemon as garnish! 

5. Cosmopolitan 

A cosmopolitan is a classic cocktail made famous after the movie Sex and the City. It is super easy to make and isn’t too sweet to taste! You need:

  • 2 ounce vodka 
  • 1/2 lime juice 
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice 

Just mix both the juices with the vodka and shake it with crushed ice. Strain it into a chilled glass and garnish it with a lemon wedge. That is all it requires a make a perfect cosmo! 

Vodka being such a versatile drink, making a cocktail with it is fairly easy and the combinations are endless. Let me know in the comments below of what other easy to make vodka cocktails you know of!