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May 2009
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Recipes: Rosy Vodka Cocktails

A Bright Blush Beyond The Cosmopolitan & Screwdriver


Earlier, we looked at the history of vodka and vodka trivia. Click the black links below to view these pages. Here, we put the vodka to good use with delicious—and visually striking—vodka cocktails.

Cold River Vodka is an award-winning super-premium vodka made from potatoes and distilled in Freeport, Maine. It uses water from Maine’s Cold River, which flows out of Evans’ Notch, meandering its way through the former potato fields of forested Fryeburg and filtering through miles of underground granite into the Cold River Aquifer. As a potato-based vodka, it’s also gluten free.

Carrie Bradshaw may have loved her Cosmopolitan—citrus vodka with cranberry juice and lime juice—but Cold River Vodka and Solo Bistro of Bath, Maine have created an alternative for Cosmo lovers, plus one for Screwdriver fans, with just a bit more going on.

Cold River Shiver

In this recipe, vodka unites with “cousins” tequila, gin and rum. The tart lime juice complements the sweetness of cassis, black currant liqueur.


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce rum
  • 1⁄2 ounce cassis
  • Splash simple syrup
  • Splash lime juice
  • Splash cranberry lime soda
    (we like GuS)
  • 1 lime wheel for garnish
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice

Vodka Cocktail Photo © Tracy Rousseau.


  1. Using a large shaker, add ice and the first seven ingredients.
  2. Shake well and pour into a tall glass, ice and all.
  3. Top with a splash of cranberry lime soda.
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel.

River Driver

Beyond the Screwdriver, the simple vodka and orange juice drink, this cocktail recipe calls for blood orange juice, which is has a red color and a raspberry-orange flavor. It layers on orange complexity with Cointreau orange liqueur. Learn more about blood oranges.


  • 1-1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau
  • Splash simple syrup
  • Splash blood orange juice
  • Splash soda
  • 1 orange wheel for garnish


  1. Using a highball glass, pour all ingredients over ice. Stir.
  2. Top with a splash of soda.
  3. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Vodka Cocktail Photo © Tracy Rousseau.

Red, White & Blue Cocktail

Either of the above can be turned into a “red, white and blue” drink for Memorial Day or Independence Day by garnishing with fresh blueberries.

But another way to approach an Old  Glory cocktail is to use Cold River’s delicious blueberry vodka straight up or in a martini.

  • Mix your cocktail with blueberry vodka.
  • Include ice for the “white” component.
  • Use a blueberry and/or strawberry garnish.


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