Borscht aside, there are few things more Russian than vodka. Vodka is about tradition and ritual, yes, but it's also about celebration and bonding. So what better way to come together for the Winter Games than by honoring its host's favorite drink? In the spirit of international cooperation, we're cheering on our athletes the only way that seems right — with cocktails. Here are nine vodka-friendly drinks to throw back as the competitors throw down.

Moscow Mule by Amanda Hesser

The Queen Mary by MollyandBrandon

Basil-Vodka Gimlet by Oui, Chef

Wicked Witch Martini by thecrabbycook

Orange Ginger Mint Sodas by gr8chefmb

Last Call by gingerroot

Yuzu, I Zu by Teri

Horseradish Bloody Mary by NWB

Saffron and Cardamom Lemonade Concentrate by Saee Khandekar

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