08/05/2011 02:29 pm ET Updated Oct 04, 2013

Our Top Classic and Original Vodka Cocktails

What's America's favorite spirit? It's not even close. Vodka is by far the best selling liquor in this country. (Sales are greater than rum, tequila, gin and cognac...combined.)

Those figures are even more impressive given that vodka doesn't have a long mixological history in the US--in fact, the earliest cocktails made with the alcohol are barely 100 years old.

And since vodka's crisp flavor is perfect for thirst-quenching summer elixirs, we decided to put together this list of some of our favorite old and new recipes. Enjoy!