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10 Cocktail And Snack Pairings You Wish You Had Thought Of First

You can kiss boring mixed nuts and olives goodbye. We've got some snack/mixed drink pairings that will take even the simplest cocktail to the next level. For more original inspiration, head to ORGNL.TV, Stoli vodka’s editorial, lifestyle channel.

1. Spicy Bloody Mary + Mac 'N' Cheese Bites

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For a classic spicy Bloody Mary, combine 1 part vodka with 2 parts tomato juice, then add the following ingredients to taste: lemon juice, horseradish, celery, salt, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Garnish with your favorite pickled veggies and voila!

2. White Russian + Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

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For a White Russian, you'll need: 1.5 ounces of vodka, 1.5 ounces coffee liqueur, and 3 ounces of milk, served over ice.

3. Ginger Lemongrass Refresher + Mini Pork Buns

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For this light but flavorful cocktail, you'll need 1.5 ounces of vodka, .5 ounces ginger liqueur, .5 ounces of lemongrass syrup, a hearty squeeze of lemon juice, and a splash of ginger ale. Mix thoroughly with ice in a cocktail shaker and enjoy.

4. Cherry Vodka Sour + Lemon Squares

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Cherry vodka sours are easier to make than you'd think — just mix equal parts vodka and sweet and sour mix with a tablespoon of grenadine syrup, top with a maraschino cherry, and you'll be set to sip.

5. Lemon Basil Gimlet + Caprese Skewers

Shake together 1.5 ounces of vodka with 1.5 ounces of basil-infused simple syrup and 2 ounces of lemon juice. Add a pinch of muddled basil leaves for extra basil flavor and serve over ice.

6. Island Girl + Coconut Macaroons

For this fruity, tropical drink, you'll need 4 ingredients: 1.5 ounces vodka, 4 ounces guava juice, and a dash of both orange and cranberry juice for color. Serve over ice with a fun garnish, and you'll be transported to a warmer climate in no time.

7. Cucumber Mint Spritzers + Lamb Kebab Bites

For this cocktail, you'll need to slice a small cucumber in half, remove the seeds, and muddle the flesh to release the juices. Strain the cucumber juice, add a handful of mint leaves, 2 teaspoons of simple syrup, the juice from 2 limes, and 4 ounces of vodka. Shake well with ice and top off with a splash of seltzer.

8. Classic Screwdriver + Popped Rice Squares

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Nothing's easier than making a screwdriver — just pour vodka over ice, add fresh orange juice, and there you have it!

9. Salty Dog + Lil Salty Dogs

A good salty dog is all in the salted rim. Swipe the sides of your glass with a half lemon or lime and gently dip the rim into coarse kosher salt. Fill your glass with ice cubes, 1/2 a cup of vodka, and 3/4 cup of grapefruit juice, and you'll be ready to drink away.

10. Apple Martini + Snickerdoodles

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For this sweet spin on a classic martini, you'll need to shake up equal parts apple schnapps, apple juice, and vodka in a cocktail mixer and serve in a chilled glass for best results.