04/13/2015 04:38 pm ET | Updated Jun 13, 2015

5 Easy Vodka Cocktails


Arguably the world's most agreeable spirit, vodka is the blank canvas of the cocktail world. Its neutral flavor profile makes it a chameleon in the glass, acting as a spirited clean slate from which other ingredients can meld and commingle. And because of its versatility, it's an easy bottle to call on when you're looking for a simple cocktail to mix up at home. The editors of Imbibe recently culled together some of their favorite vodka cocktails--here are their top five picks.

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  • Vodka Espresso
    An espresso martini by any other name, the Vodka Espresso is simple and uncomplicated, but with the added boost of both strong coffee and a coffee liqueur. Click here for the recipe.
  • Flame of Love
    A vodka cocktail so delicious it puportedly prompted Frank Sinatra to buy the entire bar a round? Sign us up. Click here for the recipe. Photo by Dylan & Jeni
  • Turkish Delight
    Inspired by the infamous, powder-coated Turkish candy, this vodka cocktail finds a flavorful flair in the addition of a Ceylon tea syrup, citrus and bitters. Click here for the recipe. Photo by Chloe Highberger
  • Clown’s Cup
    If ever there was a vodka porch cocktail, this combination of fresh lime, sugar syrup and cucumber is it. Click here for the recipe. Photo courtesy One-Eyed Gypsy
  • One Sunset
    Red grapes may seem more at home in a wine glass, but we love the pop of flavor they add to this minty, beer-capped vodka sipper. Click here for the recipe. Photo by Ashley Steltzer