The Vodka Gypsy cocktail is a fun and easy to make drink. It's a simple concoction of gin, grapefruit juice, vanilla extract, and a splash of soda water. The name came from the saying "a gypsy with a drink in his hand." It was invented by Donato “Duke” Antone in 1980. The drink has been popular since its conception because it is so easy to make and tastes great.