Just read this thread "What's wrong with wanting a drink made with vodka?," so I hope I don't sound like a total rube for wanting some good drinks made with vodka.
Here's the deal: I love wine, but DH does not. If I open a bottle, it goes bad before I can drink it. I hate beer. Every once in a while, I'd like to have a drink made with hard liquor since I don't like wasting wine.
I always have good unflavored vodka in the house because I use it in cooking. (For Penne alla Vodka, for example.) I don't have flavored vodka and don't intend to buy any. I don't want to use sugary mixes, like soda pop. I don't want to use diet pop or things like artificially sweetened lemonade. Fruit juices would be fine, because I'd get some nutrients along with the calories. I have some liqueurs at home (Chambord, Triple Sec, etc) that I use for cooking, and I could buy more liqueurs to use in mixed drinks. When I google vodka drinks, I've stumbled across drinks using an elderberry liqueur several times. It's said to be pricey but good.
So far, this is all I've come up with:
vodka plus oj
vodka plus oj plus triple sec
vodka plus grapefruit juice
Bloody Mary's, of course, but I have to be in the right mood :0)
Anyone have additional ideas for me?