A good flavored vodka—think wasabi, ginger, or grapefruit—really takes the guesswork out of making a drink, says Rios. “Just add soda and a garnish.” You can also infuse your own. Just get some fresh herbs, fruit, or vegetables, prep them (clean, peel, cut into large cubes), then use them to fill a large jar halfway full. Top it off with vodka, cover, and let it sit in a cool, dark place for a few hours to two weeks, depending on the ingredients.
Try it out by mixing...
1 1/2 oz pepper-flavored vodka
2 oz lemon juice Fresh jalapeño slices
2/4 oz agave syrup (diluted 1:1 with water)
4 oz water Shake and serve over ice.