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3 Summery Vodka Cocktail Recipes From Prime at Saratoga National’s Mixologist

Prime's Michael McGovern has your tipple-tasting needs covered.

Vodka famously serves as the key ingredient of the Spa City’s signature summer cocktail, the Saratoga Sunrise (vodka/orange juice/grenadine), which is enjoyed all season long at Saratoga Race Course. But vodka, of course, is as versatile as you want it to be. Here are three vodka-infused cocktails, courtesy of bartender Michael McGovern of Prime at Saratoga National, to make at home or enjoy at the restaurant itself, which recently reopened in time for another sizzling Saratoga Summer. Cheers! 

Prime Lemonade.

Prime Lemonade

Prime Lemonade is one of our staple cocktails year-round. It’s a refreshing cocktail to have out by the infinity pool in our Adirondack chairs—or wherever you feel most at ease at home. 

Ingredients

4 oz raspberries

2 oz ALB vodka

Lemonade

Instructions

Muddle fresh raspberries and fill glass with ice. Pour in Albany Distilling Company’s ALB Vodka and top with pink lemonade. Garnish with mint and raspberries.

Saratoga Peach.

Saratoga Peach

Peach is the “It” flavor of the season, so why not try it in a martini? You can’t go wrong.

Ingredients

2 oz Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary vodka

1 oz peach puree

1 oz Grand Marnier

½ oz simple syrup

Instructions

Add ice to the top of a martini shaker. Add peach puree, Grand Marnier and simple syrup. Shake until shaker is frosted on the outside. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Rosé + Bubbles.

Rosé + Bubbles

This is the perfect cocktail to have by the pool with the girls…or boys! It’s super-easy to make, and it’ll have you coming back for more.

Ingredients

1½oz Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose vodka

1 oz Pamplemousse liqueur

2 oz Miraval rosé

2 oz Prosecco

Instructions

Fill a shaker with ice and add in vodka, Pamplemousse liqueur and Miraval rosé. Shake and strain into your largest wine glass (you’ll thank us later) and top with some bubbly (Prosecco works best).  

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