Nostrovia! National Vodka Day is coming up

Moscow Mule
Moscow Mule

Most folks don't really need a reason to "celebrate" vodka. Its versatility, smoothness and low-ish calorie count (64 calories per 1.5 ounces) make it the favorite of many a mixologist.

Still, my heritage demands that I tell the world this: Thursday, Oct. 4, is National Vodka Day. In honor of this storied spirit, which was first produced in Poland in the 8th century, I offer a cocktail suggestion for your impending celebration.

MOSCOW MULE

1 1/2 ounces vodka

1 ounce ginger beer

1/2 ounce cranberry juice

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

Orange bitters

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Add vodka, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice and orange bitters and shake vigorously.

Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with ginger beer.

-Marisa Nadolny

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