How To Make Cheap Vodka Taste Better, Because You Can Do So Much Better Than Vodka Soda

For many of us, drinking cheap vodka is kind of just a part of life, especially among the college age set. Vodka tonics, vodka sodas, and the notorious vodka cran all serve their boozy purpose, but don't feel like you have to settle for these go-to combos just because you're trying to save money — there are ways to make your cheap vodka taste better... like, a million times better. And it's not even that hard. Seriously.

Whether you're looking to add a little shot to your coffee or you want something light and refreshing, Spoon University has rounded up a few utterly genius vodka hacks to help you use that bottle to its fullest potential. This party is just getting started.

During my time in college, I’ve become increasingly familiar with the term “rocket fuel,” and the phrase, “It’ll put hair on your chest.” Well, guess what? Countless shots of vodka later and unfortunately my chest is still hairless.

Thankfully, I found some alternatives (a.k.a vodka hacks) conveniently located in my lackluster party house. So open up your cupboards, put some dancin’ shoes on, and go to town — because you’re gonna be kicking ass and taking names. But mostly you'll be making some great drinks.

Salty Dog

Prep time: 2 minutesCook time: 1 minuteTotal time: 3 minutes

Servings: 1 refreshing drink

Ingredients1.5-oz. vodka½ cup grapefruit juiceSalt

Directions1. Fill glass with ice.

2. Add 1.5-oz. vodka.

3. Balance with grapefruit juice.

4. Shake.

5. Rim glass with salt.

6. Pour and enjoy.

Brass Monkey Martini

Prep time: 2 minutesCook time: 1 minuteTotal time: 3 minutes

Servings: 1 drank

Ingredients2-oz. vodka¼ cup malt liquor (beer)¼ cup orange juice

Directions1. Fill cup with ice.

2. Add 2-oz. vodka.

3. Add malt liquor (beer) and orange juice to a cup.

4. Shake.

5. Strain into martini glass.

Coffee Martini

Prep time: 5 minutesCook time: 1 minuteTotal time: 6 minutes

Servings: 1 caffeinated drink

Ingredients2-oz. vodka1 cup coffee1 tablespoon cream

Directions1. Brew one cup coffee.

2. Fill cup with ice.

3. Pour coffee over ice.

4. Add 2-oz. vodka.

5. Add cream.

6. Shake.

7. Strain into a martini glass.

For two more awesome vodka hacks, click here.

This article was originally written by Justin Swan for Spoon University — Delaware.

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