Ten bartender opinions on vodka cocktails

22nd March, 2016 by Annie Hayes

Franky Marshall, beverage director at Le Boudoir, New York

franky-marshall“Just making a “vodka drink” is easy, however creating an interesting, unusual vodka cocktail requires more thought and creativity these days. When I first started bartending, I was serving and making drinks almost exclusively with vodka. When I started working cocktails bars, the focus shifted to using various other spirits. Now when I have to use vodka, it’s more of a challenge to make cocktails that are new and exciting.

“I think there is still a trend to infuse vodka with any and everything. Because of the neutrality of most vodkas it allows you to take the spirit in whichever direction you’d like to go.

“Gin has definitely made some gains on vodka, but in different ways. While I don’t see vodka Martini drinkers switching to gin Martinis, I do see vodka drinkers willing to drink other gin cocktails like Sours and Fizzes.”

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