Drinks well with others.
Vodka is a neutral spirit, meaning it’s virtually tasteless by design, but vodka is also the purest of distilled spirits. It has the ability to take on the characteristics of whatever you mix with it, which is why it’s so dang popular.
Although lacking many of the complexities of other spirits, a blank slate is a beautiful thing for playful interpretations of classic cocktails and flavor pairings.
Versatility = infuse me!
For making poolside drinks at home, vodka is just easy. So grab a few bottles of your favorite vodka and let’s infuse them with two of summer’s most refreshing flavors:
cucumber and pineapple.
Pineapple vodka cocktails & tips
Yeah, the copper mugs are tired since the Moscow Mule craze died down, but when made with this fruity vodka infusion, you will be a convert! Tropical pineapple and spicy ginger pair beautifully.
Build with 2 ounces pineapple-infused vodka, a big squeeze of lime and top with ginger beer.
Make it skinny: Zero-calorie Zevia Ginger Beer is sweetened with organic stevia. We keep it stocked in the Milk Punch Media bar cabinet!
When everyone else is at the beach (thanks, insta), pour your own soothing blue ocean in a glass. The Blue Hawaii, famously created in 1957 by Harry Yee in Waikiki (he’s also known for popularizing the umbrella in drinks) is built in a glass. Variation:
3/4 ounce pineapple-infused vodka, 3/4 ounce rum, 3 ounces pineapple juice and a big squeeze of lime. Add 1/2 to 1 ounce blue curaçao and stir.
Infused vodka in a Blue Hawaii may horrify Harry, but this ain’t Honolulu. Garnish with an orchid and don’t forget the paper umbrella.
Stir in the sangria!
Sangria is the ultimate batch party drink! It stimulates festive energy and never fails. Stir in MPM’s signature cocktail Cadillac Tears made with sauvignon blanc, jalapeño syrup, Grand Marnier and topped with sparkling wine.
Key: Be sure to garnish each glass with the leftover boozy pineapples from the infusion and pass them around. Careful, they’re potent, so have more guac.
Vodka + soda upgrade
Do your routine by-the-pool vodka thang, but be in love with simply mixing the pineapple-infused vodka with La Croix Coconut and a squeeze of lime! Ah, yes…this ultra-simple drank is so skinny, you’ll slip that cover-up right off and wanna cannonball in the deep end!
Cucumber vodka cocktails & tips
Double-dog, James Bond dare you to gamble on being the most posh person at the pool party and stir a Vesper with that cucumber vodka. Strain it into a coupe or martini glass in those swim trunks and live yo’ best summer indeed.
In a pint glass or mixing glass with ice, add 1 1/2 ounces gin, 3/4 ounce cucumber-infused vodka and 1/2 ounce Lillet blanc. Stir well and strain. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Pimm’s Cup, duh
No need to muddle, just impart that cucumber flavor into your Pimm’s Cup and up the ABV with the infused vodka. We’ll leave the specs up to your discretion, but if you need some ratio inspo, see how bartenders in New Orleans pour their Pimm’s with other spirits from Jenny Adams.
Stir in the Bloodys!
You say tomato, I say cucumber and tomato! If Bloodys feel fall, cucumber vodka stirred in the mix say Good morning, summertime! Hey, we like Cabernet for breakfast in Napa, so why not cucumbers for breakfast in the comfort of our own backyards? Midday, whatever. Keep it light and go easy on the spices. Add a cucumber slice to the olive garnish, of course.
Vodka + soda upgrade
Home-infused cucumber vodka and quality lemonade are a bright and refreshing no-brainer, but here’s another for the skinny spritz drinkers: La Croix Lemon as the mixer with a big squeeze of fresh lemon. Garnish with blueberries and a spank of basil and call it a cocktail!