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TGIF: Vodka With Crushed Lime And Mint Cocktail Recipe

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life, so this week we’re taking it back to basics with this vodka and crushed lime cocktail recipe. Muddled with fresh mint and brown sugar, it’s a sweet, citrus sensation that everyone is sure to enjoy.

RELATED: TGIF: The Pavlova Cocktail Recipe

Serves 6


1/4 cup, firmly packed brown sugar

24 fresh mint leaves

3 limes, quartered

180ml vodka

Soda water, chilled, to serve

Ice cubes, to serve


  1. Divide the sugar, mint and lime among serving glasses. Use the end of a rolling pin to gently muddle until lime is crushed.
  2. Pour vodka among glasses, then top with soda water and ice.
  3. Stir gently, then serve.

Recipe via Taste

7 Non-Cliché Vodka Cocktail Ideas

The standard vodka cocktail is always overdone, and we’re not even going to discuss a vodka lime and soda combination, which isn’t even an option in our books.

RELATED: TGIF 5 Unique Margarita Cocktails

Impress your friends and show off your skills with these vodka cocktails which taste amazing and are also unique!

Rosemary and lemon vodka fizz

Ingredients: vodka, rosemary syrup, sparkling water, rosemary

This tangy cocktail is infused with lemon and a sprig of rosemary for a unique taste, which everyone is sure to enjoy.

7 Non-Cliché Vodka Cocktail Ideas

Pink petal vodka

Ingredients: rose syrup, vodka, pink rose petals, rose water, tonic, pink food colouring

These pretty pink drinks are perfect for a girls night out, and taste delicious! If you don’t have any pink petals around, don’t worry, it still looks amazing for Instagram.

7 Non-Cliché Vodka Cocktail Ideas

Whipped vodka and club soda

Ingredients: club soda, whipped vodka, lime

Okay, well we may have lied about the vodka lime and soda, but this one is for the friend who always orders one! The taste is so much smoother, minus all the extra calories.

7 Non-Cliché Vodka Cocktail Ideas

Vodka, lemon and lavender cocktail

Ingredients: sugar cubes, cold water, vodka, lemon juice, lavender

If you’ve followed a few of our cocktail ideas before, then you probably know that lavender is a must-have for any pretty beverage. Combine the water, sugar and lavender in a saucepan over medium heat, and prepare the syrup for this tasty drink.

7 Non-Cliché Vodka Cocktail Ideas

Plum vodka spritzer

Ingredients: lemon plums, sugar, water, vodka, club soda

Use fresh plums for ultimate flavour and combine with cold water and smooth vodka for the ultimate summer cocktail.

7 Non-Cliché Vodka Cocktail Ideas

Bittersweet greyhound

Ingredients: grapefruit juice, vodka, campari, water, sugar

This one has already become our new favourite drink. It’s a great alternative to the vodka lime and cranberry combination. Sugar the rim of the glass for a kick of sweet and savoury flavour!

7 Non-Cliché Vodka Cocktail Ideas


Ingredients: arancello (lemon fizzy drink), vodka, oranges, sugar, water

This fabulous cocktail is technically cheating, since it’s a mix of liqueurs for the friend who can’t make up their mind! The result? A yummy infusion of sour arancello with smooth vodka.

7 Non-Cliché Vodka Cocktail Ideas

Images via A Better Happier St Sebastian, Jillian Harris, Best Friends For Frosting, The Effortless Chic, Heather Christo, Refinery 29

TGIF: The Pavlova Cocktail Recipe

If you’re a fan of traditional pavlova you’re going to salivate over this cocktail recipe. Light and fluffy and with a blend of Autumn fruits, ‘The Pavlova’ is the perfect ratio of sweet to sour and will have you embracing the cooler months sooner than you think.

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Makes 1


30ml Vodka O

20ml Apricot Brandy

10ml Yellow Chartreuse

30ml Lemon Juice

20ml Gomme syrup

Egg white

Grapefruit or bitters


  1. Add all ingredients to shaker and Shake without ice to emulsify egg.
  2. Add ice and shake vigorously, strain into a cocktail glass.

 Recipe via VodkaO

TGIF Vodka O Strawberry Cocktail Recipe

With Summer coming to an end a fruity strawberry cocktail is the best way to see it out. And with only three ingredients, this tasty recipe is an easy and cost effective drink to whip up over happy hour.

RELATED: TGIF: Chamomile Margarita Recipe

Makes 1


1 shot Vodka O

4 strawberries



  1. Muddle strawberries and top with vodka and lemonade.
  2. Garnish with fresh strawberries and lime and enjoy!

Recipe via Vodka O

TGIF Mint and Cucumber Vodka Cocktail Recipe

This refreshing cucumber and vodka cocktail is the perfect way to unwind after a long week. Teamed with lime, mint and a hint of sugar, it’s a light, summery and hydrating drink that’s guaranteed to be a hit among colleagues or friends.

Makes 4


2 cucumbers

ice cubes

fresh mint

2 tsp granulated sugar

3 tbsp fresh lime juice (from 2 to 3 limes)

119 ml Vodka O

24 ml cointreau


  1. Cut 4 thin spears from 1 cucumber for the garnish. Peel remaining cucumber, and quarter lengthwise. Scrape out seeds and discard. Coarsely chop, then puree in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add mint, sugar, lime juice, cucumber juice, Vodka O, Cointreau and shake.
  4. Strain into 4 glasses filled with ice. Garnish each cocktail with a cucumber spear and mint.

Recipe Via Vodka O

How To Incorporate Vodka In Your Cooking

This versatile spirit can be enjoyed just as much in the kitchen as in the bar! If you enjoy a tipple here or there but also spend your spare time sharpening your knives and citing Jamie and Nigella, vodka could be your new kitchen best friend. And let’s face it, it’s a bit more fun than kale.

Drunken cherry tomatoes

The perfect companion for mature cheddar cheese and crusty bread. Prick the tomatoes all over and place in airtight jar, cover with Vodka O and add peppercorns, salt, chilli, lemon slices and celery, Leave for two to three days and drain before serving. But don’t throw away the drained vodka – you can strain and chill it to make a spicy Bloody Mary!

Make pasta sauce with a kick

The famous Bloody Mary cocktail demonstrates how well vodka goes with tomato juice, so why not add some vodka to your tomato-based pasta sauce to give it a little kick! Cook garlic, shallots, oregano and chilli in oil until golden brown. Remove from heat and add a generous amount of Vodka O (about 1¼ cups), stir and return to heat and add cherry tomatoes and cook until they begin to collapse. Stir sauce into your favourite pasta and enjoy!

Make the perfect, flaky pie crust

Who would have guessed, but vodka is the magical ingredient for a fine and flaky pie pastry! Follow your usual pie dough recipe, substituting half the amount of water required with Vodka O. Too much water can mean tough pastry, so replacing some of the water means your recipe will still be moist enough to roll out, but the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process.

Marinate your favourite roast

You can make a simple marinade for your Sunday roast using Vodka O, garlic, olive oil, chilli flakes and a pinch of salt and pepper. Marinate for at least eight hours, then add lemon juice and parsley to the roasting pan before placing in the oven.

Vodka watermelon

Frozen vodka watermelon makes a perfect dessert for warm summer nights. Dissolve some sugar in 750ml of Vodka O, cut a hole in the top of a watermelon and slowly pour vodka in until absorbed. Freeze the watermelon for 24 hours, cut into slices and serve.

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Cocktails au go-go



David Alcorn ? Jorge, Brisbane



20ml Pear Liqueur (Marie Brizard Poire William)

10ml Noilly Prat Dry (Dry Vermouth)

5ml Chambord


  • Combine ABSOLUT KURANT, Poire William and Noilly Prat Dry in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice.
  • Shake well and strain into chilled glass.
  • Sink Chambord down the side of the cocktail.
  • Garnish with a twist of fresh lime.ABSOLUT ART

    Henry Motteram, Savvy Bar, Adelaide



    10ml Cointreau

    20ml Jaggard Lemon Myrtle

    10ml fresh lime juice

    Bay leaves


  • Shake ABSOLUT CITRON, Cointreau, Lemon Myrtle, lime juice and bay leaves in a shaker.
  • Strain into a martini glass.
  • Garnish with two bay leaves.ABSOLUT EXPRESSIONS

    This month uber-vodka brand ABSOLUT showcases an outstanding exhibition which features some of the greatest names in contemporary art, fashion, photography and film. Known as ABSOLUT EXPRESSIONS. For Australian audiences, ABSOLUT EXPRESSIONS will be one of the most impressive collections of original works by contemporary artists ever seen in one exhibition, with contributions not only from pop art icon


Andy Warhol, but Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Armand Arman, George Rodrigue, Francesco Clemente and Damien Hirst.Also included will be works by photographers Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts and Pierre & Gilles; furniture by Dakota Jackson, John Hutton and Alen Locadia; sculpture by Nam June Paik and Albert Feraud; and fashion by Martine Sitbon, Manolo Blahnik, Richard Tyler, Sheridan Kennedy and Tom Ford. Also on display will be film initiatives by the likes of Tom DiCillo and Spike Lee, and an interactive music initiative featuring world famous DJ?s Spooky and Coldcut.

Don?t miss it!

Express Yourself – Cocktails au go-go


Express yourself with one of these divine cocktails designed to coincide with the hip art exhibition ABSOLUT EXPRESSIONS.Don’t miss this stunning artistic display ground floor of Customs House, Circular Quay and will be open from Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 8.00pm, and Saturday & Sunday from 11.00am to 6.00pm.


Michael Katoa – MINK, Melbourne



10ml Baron Von Scheuters Peach Schnapps

90ml Cloudy Apple Juice

1 scoop of ice

60ml Lemon Squash

10ml Chambord


  • Shake ABSOLUT VODKA, peach schnapps and cloudy apple juice in a shaker with ice.
  • Pour into Highball Glass
  • Top with 60ml squash (Lift)
  • Pour in 10ml ChambordABSOLUT.com

    Hans Kemps – Universal Bar, Perth



    20ml Jaggard Lemon Myrtle

    15ml Lychee Liqueur

    30ml Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice


  • Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with spiralled strip of grapefruit rind (to resemble phone cord).ABSOLUT PHOTOGRAPHY

    Mike Enright – Grand Pacific Blue Room, Sydney



    20ml Baron Von Scheuters Peach Schnapps

    30ml Raspberry & Peach Iced Tea

    5 chunks of fresh



5 raspberries


  • Muddle fruit in shaker.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Chill.
  • Shake and Strain into a frozen Martini glass.
  • Garnish with burnt orange zest (float).

Warm Your Cockles with Absolut Apple Fruitini

Keep the winter chills at bay this year with the hottest cocktail of the season, the Absolut Apple Fruitini. The latest celebrity cocktail taking the world by storm, this one is loved by newly-blonde Nicole Kidman and Sex in the City star Sarah Jessica Parker (pre-pregnancy of course!).

Voted ‘The perfect post-ski drink to warm up with after a day on the slopes’ by the SheSaid team, the Apple Fruitini is refreshingly tart but oh so sweet. This delicious, stylish drink will surely become a winter favourite. Shaken or stirred, why not whip yourself up a batch for your next girls night in?

ABSOLUT Apple Fruitini


1 part Apple Schnapps

Splash of Dry Vermouth

Pour ABSOLUT VODKA over ice then add apple schnapps and vermouth. Shake or stir well. Strain, and serve in a chilled martini glass. For added sweet delight, coat the rim with cinnamon and sugar and garnish with fresh slivers of apples.


Sample an Absolute Apple Fruitini in style at one of Australia’s coolest cocktail bars.

Sydney – W Hotel

Melbourne – Chaise Lounge

Adelaide – Savvy Lounge, Moskva Vodka Bar, Cumberland Hotel

North Adelaide – Old Lion Hotel

Brisbane – Lychee Lounge, The Jorg

Gold Coast – The Clock Hotel

Perth – ‘C’ Restaurant

5 X-Rated Cocktails

SheSaid’s 5 favourite X-rated Cocktails

Warning: save these potent drinks for a laugh with friends, not to serve when the in-laws drop by!Screaming Orgasm

Generously pour equal parts of Baileys, Vodka, Kahlua. Stir over ice and strain into glass.

Sex on the Beach

1 oz. Vodka, 3/4 oz. Peach Schnapps, 3/4 oz. Chambord. Then add a splash each of pineapple juice, orange juice, cranberry juice. Shake well and serve.

Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against the Wall

3/4 oz. each: gin, vodka, Southern Comfort and Galliano. Add a splash of orange juice Shake and pour in large glass. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry or strawberry.

Slippery Nipple

Equal parts of: Sambucca & Baileys. Layer in a shot glass.

Tie Me To The Bedpost

1/2 oz. each of: Midori, Absolut Citron, Malibu Rum. Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Cocktail of the month – Flirtini

The ABSOLUT Flirtini

When Sam (Kym Cattrel) hosted a rooftop fiesta party at her apartment block you may have noticed that all the “it” girls were sipping the drink of the moment – the ABSOLUT Flirtini. You don’t know what it is? Well, it is made by mixing one part ABOSLUT Vodka with two parts pineapple juice, shaken with ice, strained and then topped with Champagne. We can assure you that the flavour and fizz of the champagne fuses with the sweetness of the pineapple and that you’ll find yourself heading straight back to the bar when you’ve finished the first. If you haven’t been luckier enough to try one then head to the W Hotel Water Bar in Sydney or Melbourne’s Chaise Lounge. If you can’t get to either of those locations make your own. Details below:The ABSOLUT Flirtini


1 part ABSOLUT Vodka

2 parts Pineapple juice


to topMethod

Mix the ABSOLUT Vodka with the pineapple juice.

Give them a shake with ice and strain.

Then top with champagne. Divine!