When we found out October 4th was both National Vodka Day and National Taco Day, we knew this was going to be special. Vodka may not be the first spirit you think of when there are tacos on the table, but give it a whirl!
One of the greatest aspects of vodka is its versatility as a flavor carrier. That leaves endless potential flavor combinations with vodka cocktails and tacos. Layer complementary meats, herbs, and fresh ingredients to create the best vodka + taco pairings… Or keep scrolling, because we’ve done the work for you.
Below are four of the hottest vodka cocktails from renowned Miami Beach restaurants and bars, paired with four of The Food Channel’s best tacos!
Sweet Liberty – Baby Bison
1.5 oz. Apple Juice
.5 oz. Lemon
.5 oz. Aperol
To make the Baby Bison, simply shake and strain into a Nick & Nora glass.
To complement your Baby Bison vodka cocktail, we recommend:
Cochinita Pibil Taco
The bitter orange and apple flavors in the Baby Bison cocktail pair perfectly with pork. Cochinita Pibil is a very traditional dish consisting of pork shoulder rubbed with Achiote paste, slowly simmered in citrus juices with cilantro and garlic. Served up in a taco with a cocktail? It can’t be beaten. Click here to get the Cochinita Pibil Taco recipe!
Byblos Miami – Gulab
1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
0.75 oz Pomegranate syrup
0.75 oz Fresh lemon
Floral, tart and beautiful, to make the Gulab, serve it Julep-style over crushed ice with rosewater mist and fresh flowers.
To complement your Gulab cocktail, we recommend:
Spicy Breakfast Tacos
The pomegranate and fresh citrus mixed with floral rosewater scream ‘brunch!’ To go with your Gulab cocktail, try these Spicy Breakfast Tacos to create a brunch that is exploding with mouthwatering flavor. Click here to get the Spicy Breakfast Taco recipe.
Jezebel Bar + Kitchen – Cucumber Mint Collins
3 cucumber slices
3 mint sprigs
0.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
1.5 oz. Belvedere Vodka
3 oz. Club Soda
To make the Cucumber Mint Collins, muddle Mint, Cucumber, Lemon Juice & Simple in a tin then add Belvedere Vodka and ice. Shake and double strain over ice into a highball glass. Top with soda and garnish with cucumber spiral.
To complement your Cucumber Mint Collins, we recommend:
Beer Battered Fish Tacos
The cucumber, mint, and lemon within the Cucumber Mint Collins pair perfectly with this battered fresh white fish taco with a homemade pico de gallo. Click here to get the Beer Battered Fish Taco recipe!
Leynia at Delano – Panamericana
2 oz. Yerba Mate infused Vodka
1 oz. passion fruit puree
1/2 oz. Agave Nectar
1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
2 dashes orange blossom water
3 dashes Rosewater
To make the Panamericana add all ingredients to a shaker, fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice into an old-fashioned or double-rocks glass. Garnish with a rose petal and passion fruit caviar.
To complement your Panamericana, we recommend:
Flank Steak Street Tacos
The Panamericana cocktail flavors of orange blossom, fresh lime, and agave nectar pair perfectly with the Flank Steak Street Tacos, which are marinated in beer, orange juice, lime juice and fresh garlic. Delicious! Click here to get the Flank Steak Street Taco recipe.
Have a tasty National Taco Day and National Vodka Day, from The Food Channel!