Vodka is the Slavic word for little water. It is traditionally made by mixing water with distilled grains or potatoes, but modern brands add other ingredients, such as fruits or sugar. While there’s great dispute as to the birthplace of vodka – Russia or Poland, the actual imported-vodka market in the U.S. is dominated by Scandinavians – such as Absolut, Finlandia and Ketel One.
Here are some vodka infused cocktails, from renowned Miami restaurants and bars, to toast with on National Vodka Day, Wednesday, October 4:
Cocktails to Celebrate National Vodka Day in Miami
Baby Bison at Sweet Liberty
Ingredients: Zu Vodka, Apple Juice, Aperol, Citrus & Cinnamon.
237 20th St., Suite B, Miami Beach, mysweetliberty.com
Black Magic at Big Easy Winebar & Grill
Ingredients: Grey Goose Vodka, Blackberry Juice, Lillet & Pineapple Juice.
701 South Miami Ave., Suite 339, Miami (Brickell City Centre), bigeasy.miami
Cucumber Mint Collins at Jezebel Bar & Kitchen
Ingredients: Belvedere Vodka, Fresh Lemon Sour, Club Soda, Cucumber & Mint.
1625 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach, jezebelmiami.com
Gulab at Byblos Miami
Ingredients: Ketel One Vodka, Pomegranate Syrup, Fresh Lemon & Rose Essence; served Julep style over crushed ice with Rose Water Mist & Fresh Flowers.
1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, byblosmiami.com
Panamericana at Leynia
Ingredients: Yerba Maté-infused Grey Goose Vodka, Passionfruit Purée, Agave Nectar, Fresh Lime, Orange Blossom &Rose Waters.
1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (at Delano Hotel), delano-south-beach/eat-drink/leynia
Parched at Fi’lia
Ingredients: Effen Cucumber Vodka, Parsley-Lemon Syrup & Soda.
1300 S Miami Ave, Miami (at SLS Brickell Hotel), filia-at-sls-brickell
Ricky Ricardo at Glass & Vine
Ingredients: Absolut Vodka, Campari, Raspberry Liqueur & Pineapple Juice
2820 McFarlane Rd, Miami (Coconut Grove), glassandvine.com
Sake Your Eda’mame’ At Komodo
Ingredients: Stoli Elit Vodka, Enter Black Dot Sake, Fresh Lemon and Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Edamame-Nigori Puree, a Shiso Leaf; shaken and garnished with an open Edamame Pod
801 Brickell Ave, Miami, www.komodomiami.com
The Halliwell at Beaker & Gray
Ingredients: Stolichnaya Vodka, Cocchi Americano Rosa, Ginger, Strawberry & Mint, and served tall over crushed ice.
2637 North Miami Avenue, Miami (Wynwood District), beakerandgray.com, @beakerandgray