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It may not be listed in your planner, but October 4th is National Vodka Day. Could there be a better highlight to this weekend’s happy hour?! Before you go and order up a vodka cranberry, (your go-to since your 21st birthday) play with your palate a bit and try a beverage recipe that includes the classic ingredient in an updated yet sophisticated way.

Here are a few to taste test!

SKYY Ultimate Martini 

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This isn’t just a martini—it’s the ultimate martini. Whip this one up for your friends and put out a platter of hors d’oeuvres to impress.

Ingredients: 
3 oz. Chilled SKYY Vodka 
Hint of Cinzano Extra Dry Vermouth

Directions: Fill a shaker with ice. Add SKYY Vodka and a drop of vermouth. Shake the container fast and furious. Pour it into a chilled martini glass and garnish with an olive or lemon twist.

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White Cherry Sparkling Punch

What has prosecco and vodka and isn’t loaded with all those pesky calories? The answer is Skinnygirl!

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Ingredients: 
1 part Skinnygirl Prosecco
1 part Skinnygirl White Cherry Vodka
4 parts Cranberry Juice
Lemon Wedge for garnish

Directions: Combine all of the ingredients over ice and garnish with lemon wedge.

EFFEN Cucumber Martini
Created by Dushan Zaric of Employees Only, NYC

Cool as a cucumber?

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Ingredients:  
2 parts EFFEN Cucumber Vodka
1¼ parts Sweet White Vermouth
¼ parts Absinthe
1 Thin Cucumber Wheel

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Directions: Pour all of the ingredients into a mixing glass. Next, add large, cold ice and stir for about 40 revolutions. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail-martini glass and garnish with a cucumber wheel.

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