Vodka Day

Today is National Vodka Day!

Every year, since 2009, October 4 is celebrated as National Vodka Day. The origin and history of this particular celebratory day is unknown and that's absolutely fine, as per the National Vodka Day's official website: "While October 4th seems well documented as National Vodka Day, we have not found the origins of why, but it works for us."

On this 'special' occasion, DrinkPhilly has rounded up some classic vodka cocktail recipes that can be made at home. Check them out below:

Bloody Mary

1 tbsp celery salt

¼ lemon in two wedges

½ tsp Worcestershire sauce

¼ tsp soy sauce

½ tsp freshly ground pepper

¼ tsp hot sauce

1 tsp horseradish (to taste)

2 oz vodka

4 oz tomato juice

1 celery stick

Dash of cayenne pepper

Place salt or celery salt in shallow saucer. Rub rim of 12-ounce tumbler with 1 lemon wedge and coat with salt, then fill glass with ice. Add Worcestershire, soy, black pepper, cayenne, hot sauce, and horseradish to bottom of cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add vodka, tomato juice, and juice of remaining lemon wedge and shake vigorously. Taste for seasoning and heat and adjust to taste. Strain into prepared glass and garnish with celery stalk.


3 oz London dry gin

1 oz vodka

½ oz Lillet or Cocchi Aperitivo Americano

Strip of lemon zest for garnish

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well until chilled. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze the wide strip of lemon zest over drink and use as garnish.

Vodka Martini

1 ½ oz vodka

¾ oz dry vermouth

lemon peel for garnish

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.


1 ½ oz vodka

1 oz lime cordial

lime wedge for garnish

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass or an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

White Russian

2 oz vodka

1 oz Kahlua

Heavy cream

Fill Old Fashioned glass with ice and add vodka and Kahlua. Top with a generous splash of heavy cream and stir.

Meanwhile, Revolution, UK's biggest vodka bar company is giving every customer a free shot of flavoured vodka starting 7.00 pm BST on National Vodka Day (via CitiBlog).

"We got where we are thanks to our customers, so we're inviting everyone to celebrate with us on Saturday," said head of marketing Carl Morris.

"We're known nationwide today for being all about the party, and if we can give away this many free shots to kick off National Vodka Day, what a party that will be."