You can smell it in the air. Spring is just around the corner, and summer won't be far behind. You know what that means, it's time for a Long Vodka!
Are you dreaming of long and hot days; by a pool, at the beach, or in a garden? Or that's where you might like to be as you do battle in your daily grind.
The good news is, no matter where you are, with one sip of this vodka cocktail your mind can be transported to a place filled with warm breezes, crashing waves, and the sounds of nature; it's paradise with every sip.
Short History of the Long Vodka
The 'Long Vodka', aka 'long white vodka', is as British as Wimbledon, cricket, and a visit to the seaside no matter the weather. It was first created, by accident, in the late 1970s in Lancashire, before taking in some Scottish air.
It was one of life's fortunate accidents; by replacing one spirit with another in an attempt to make a Gimlet, a new star was born. Of course, the drink evolved once or twice more before it was finally refined in Inverkeilor, Scotland.
That's where the creator inspired a bartender to add it to the drinks list, adding his own twist as well; lemonade. From there, it soon appeared in Aberdeen and Montrose, and the name 'Long Vodka' was adopted shortly thereafter.
Products You Need for this Cocktail Recipe
For this Long Vodka cocktail recipe, you're going to need the following items. It's worth investing in permanent bar supplies if you truly enjoy mixing your own drinks; as you'll save a fortune and it's better for the environment too.
- Vodka: It's the first ingredient you're going to need, and you can't go past Smirnoff Black Label. It's made by one of the world's leading vodka brands. It has a rich and defining flavour, and will be ideal for all of your premium long drinks and cocktails alike. Not to mention, with a quality vodka on hand, you'll never need to wonder how long vodka can last!
- Lime cordial: It's a bar essential, used in many drinks, and is perfect for summer cocktails. Rose's Lime Juice Cordial has been in production since the 19th century, and Rose's cordials are among the finest in the world. This lime-juice cordial is the perfect combination of sweet and sour in a tangy refreshment.
- Lemonade: The mixer is how you get the full effect from the other ingredients, so it's important to use a good quality carbonated lemonade. Too much carbonation and the delicate flavours will be destroyed. Too few bubbles, and your taste buds won't be stimulated enough to enjoy the cocktail. Schweppes Lemonade is a great option, as it is perfect for all mixed drinks.
- Bitters: This gem is marvellous for cocktails. You'll find it in a classic Martini, an Old Fashioned, Daiquiris, a Negroni, and of course a Mojito, amongst others. Bitters is what gives these cocktails their citrus bite, so make sure you have a small bottle of Angostura Bitters, and you're set for world-class cocktail making!
- Glasses:You'll want to serve this cocktail in a tall, slim glass, so that the ice can chill it thoroughly, allowing the flavours to mix and meld. Try these stylish highball glasses from Lunar Oceans.
- Ice: Do you really enjoy mixing your own drinks? Then you should consider investing in a full bar set-up, and this includes an ice-making machine. This unit by Ikich is great and will keep you in chilled drinks 24 hrs a day.
- Spirit Measure: This super-useful 'cup' style jigger by Lembeauty has all the measurements you'll need; 15, 20, 30, 45, 60, and 75 ml levels. What makes it better than most jiggers is that you don't have to invert it to use the other measures - which means you won't spill alcohol on your bar!
- Stirrers: The last, but by no means the least in importance, stirrers. Reaching the bottom of a long glass can be a nightmare, and not mixing drinks properly makes them less enjoyable. So, check out these stainless steel stirrers by BASONG, and you'll never drink an unmixed cocktail again!
Long Vodka Alternatives
Fancy mixing things up in your Long Vodka cocktail? Or perhaps you prefer a tangier drink? You can always swap the lemonade for Fentimans Premium Indian Tonic Water, or even Schweppes Soda Water for a drier finish.
Now you've mixed your Long Vodka, how do you finish it? You have several options, and there's no right or wrong choice, it's totally up to you. Here are some suggestions, and you can always use whatever's to hand or your favourite if you prefer.
- Lime, or lemon/orange slices; cut thin – about 3-4 mm – slices of citrus, and place them whole down in the glass.
- Citrus wheels; take your citrus slice and add another slice from the centre to the outer rind; you can place the slice on the edge of the glass.
- Spiral of citrus rind; can be either orange or lemon. Use a channel knife to cut the rind, then wrap it around your new stainless steel swizzle sticks/stirrer to create the iconic twist.
- A sprig of mint; a classic garnish, and a super-easy option for this cocktail. Just tear a small sprig of mint and drop it into the top of your glass, voila! The mint will also add a hint of cooling flavour to the drink, which is a nice touch.
Complementary Vodka Cocktails
By the way, if you're looking to mix another vodka-based cocktail, don't forget my Long Beach Iced Tea, it's just the ticket to quench your thirst.Print