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the king of vodka


Traditional Russian:
Pure and unadulterated

Russians have a long history of drinking their vodka very cold, very pure. Adding mixers is considered crass and wasteful. A chilled shot, consumed in one gulp, is typically followed by a chaser, such as rye bread, pickles, sauerkraut, or salted herring.

For drinkers who prefer their cocktails mixed, here are a few connected
with the Smirnoff brand.

Moscow Mule

1.5 ounces of vodka
Juice from half a lime
4-5 ounces of ginger beer

Serve on the rocks, in an engraved copper Moscow Mule mug, with a lime wedge and sprig of fresh mint.
moscow mule

Concocted around 1941, the Moscow Mule
was an effort to jumpstart the popularity of vodka in the U.S. Together with a friend, Smirnoff vodka owner John Martin came up with the cocktail, which Martin said in an interview got its name "because of the kick." The ploy worked and sales of Smirnoff vodka took off. The cocktail was reintroduced in 2008.


The Classic 007 Martini

1.5 ounces of vodka
Splash of dry vermouth

Be sure to shake the vodka with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain the ice out and serve in a chilled martini glass. Serve with a lemon twist.

Beginning with Dr. No in 1962, Smirnoff vodka has been featured in all but one of the James Bond movies as the super-spy's vodka of choice, shaken not stirred.


The Quantum

1/2 ounce bitters
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce blood orange juice
Orange zest

Mix together all the ingredients in an ice filled shaker. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve with an orange slice.

Introduced in 2008 to coincide with the release of "Quantum of Solace," The Quantum is one of three new Bond-inspired cocktails promoted by Smirnoff.