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06/17/2011 05:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Russian Vodka Drinks: 4 Ideas From A Bartender

For inside tips on Russian Vodka Drinks, we talked to Arthur Wnorwski, the owner and bar manager at LOKaL Restaurant & Lounge, located in Chicago’s Wicker Park section. LOKaL’s modern European décor makes it the perfect place to experience cocktails made from Russian vodka. 

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From Moscow with Love

Photo: Bartender Arthur Wnorwski

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces Moskovskaya Vodka
5 grapes
1 tsp brown sugar
Splash soda
Instructions:


Muddle grapes and sugar in a shaker. Add the vodka and shake. Pour into a rocks glass and add a splash of soda.

How would you describe its taste?

This drink will make you feel like you are on a Greek vacation!

When is it best to drink?

This is a good after work drink.

Who drinks it?

It’s usually guys who order a From Moscow with Love.

Sex on the Meadow

Photo: Bartender Arthur Wnorwski

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

2 ounces Putinka vodka
3 ounces iced tea
1/2 ounce lemon juice
4 fresh mint leaves
Instructions:


Pour vodka over ice, add iced tea, lemon juice garnish with mint. Serve in a tall glass

How would you describe its taste?

A cocktail full of fresh herbs and fruit.

When is it best to drink?

This is a good drink for the early evening.

Who drinks it?

The Sex on the Meadow is popular with ladies.

Natasha B.

Photo: Bartender Arthur Wnorwski

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

2 ounces Pertsovka Vodka
1/2 ounces olive juice
1 ounce tomato juice
3 drops of Tabasco Sauce
Instructions:


Pour vodka and olive juice into a shaker. Shake well and pour into chilled martini glass. Top off with tomato juice and a few drops of Tabasco. Garnish with bleu cheese stuffed olives.

How would you describe its taste?

This is a spicy drink, similar to a Bloody Mary, but more interesting.

When is it best to drink?

This is a perfect drink for a Sunday morning brunch.

Who drinks it?

Everyone likes a Natasha B.

Kreml Me Up

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

2 ounces Stoli vanilla vodka
1/2 ounce Sobieski caramel vodka
1/2 ounce Stoli raspberry vodka
Splash of raspberry syrup
1 ounce heavy cream
Instructions:


Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Shake well and pour into a martini glass.

How would you describe its taste?

This tastes like creamy bliss.

When is it best to drink?

This is a good drink to enjoy in the evening.

Who drinks it?

Young women really enjoy the Kreml Me Up.

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Photo: Photo courtesy of LOKaL

Arthur (Art) Wnorowski, Owner/Bar Manager

LOKaL Restaurant & Lounge

1904 W North Ave, CHICAGO, IL 60622

What are your favorite Russian vodka drinks?

The From Moscow with Love and the Natasha B.

What are your customers’ favorite Russian vodka drinks?

The From Moscow with Love and the Sex on the Meadow.