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Vodka Red Bull

The Vodka Red Bull is an energy-packed cocktail that’s easy to make. This popular mixed drink is a simple combination of vodka and Red Bull energy drink. The result is a well-balanced cocktail that provides both a stimulant from the caffeine in the Red Bull and a depressant from the alcohol in the vodka.

Vodka Red Bull

The popularity of this drink has made it a tried-and-true order at bars and clubs all over the United States, especially among the college crowd and club-goers looking for a quick and easy party drink.

However, it’s important to consume vodka Red Bulls in moderation due to their high caffeine and alcohol content. Bartenders and vodka enthusiasts alike recommend enjoying this drink responsibly. Whether you’re chilling at home or out for a night on the town, a vodka Red Bull is a must-have for any vodka connoisseur or party drink lover.


The history of Vodka Red Bull is an interesting one. The drink was invented by the notable futurologist Benjamin Reed in 1999, and it quickly became a popular choice for party-goers who wanted to stay awake and energized while drinking alcohol.

Red Bull, the energy drink used in the cocktail, was created in Austria in 1987 by Dietrich Mateschitz. It was initially marketed as a functional drink for busy professionals and athletes. However, it was soon discovered that Red Bull could be mixed with alcohol to create a unique and potent drink.

The original recipe for Vodka Red Bull also contained lemonade, but this ingredient was eventually dropped in favor of a simpler recipe that only included vodka and Red Bull. The drink quickly gained popularity in dive bars, glitzy clubs, and chain restaurants across the United States. 

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How to Make It

Vodka Red Bull

Vodka Red Bull

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Making a vodka Red Bull is a straightforward process that anyone can do. To make a basic vodka Red Bull, you will need only two ingredients: vodka and Red Bull. However, some people like to add lime or other fresh ingredients to give it a tropical twist.


  • 1-2 ounces of vodka
  • A can of Red Bull


  1. Fill a highball glass halfway with crushed ice
  2. Add your vodka
  3. Pour in the Red Bull and give the whole drink a good stir


To make a traditional vodka Red Bull, follow these simple steps:

  1. Fill a tall glass, such as a highball or Collins glass, with ice.
  2. Add a shot of vodka to the glass.
  3. Fill the glass with Red Bull.
  4. Stir the drink gently to mix the ingredients.
  5. If desired, add a lime wedge for garnish.

To make a tropical vodka Red Bull, follow these steps:

  1. Fill a tall glass with ice.
  2. Add a shot of vodka to the glass.
  3. Fill the glass with Red Bull Yellow Edition, which has tropical fruit flavors.
  4. Add a splash of San Pellegrino Aranciata, an Italian sparkling orange beverage.
  5. Stir the drink gently to mix the ingredients.
  6. If desired, add a slice of fresh fruit, such as pineapple or mango, for garnish.

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Whether you are a vodka connoisseur or just starting to explore mixed drinks, a vodka Red Bull is a popular choice that is easy to make and enjoy. With just two ingredients, it is a well-balanced cocktail that provides a burst of energy from the Red Bull.

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Selecting Your Vodka

Some of the most popular vodka brands used in Vodka Red Bull include Absolut, Grey Goose, and Ketel One. Experiment with different vodka brands to find your favorite. For a more refined taste, try making your Vodka Red Bull with Chopin vodka. This premium vodka is expertly made from potatoes and provides a well-balanced cocktail.

Bottle of Belvedere Vodka in ice bucket

Red Bull mixes well with a variety of alcohols, including rum, tequila, and gin. However, it is important to consume these drinks in moderation and to be aware of the potential dangers of mixing alcohol and caffeine.


There are many variations of the classic Vodka Red Bull cocktail. Here are a few to try:

Lime Vodka Red Bull

Add a splash of lime juice to your Vodka Red Bull for a tangy twist. Squeeze a lime wedge over the drink and drop it in for a garnish.

Shot of Vodka with Red Bull

If you prefer a stronger drink, try a shot of vodka with a can of Red Bull. Serve the vodka in a shot glass and the Red Bull in a separate glass. Take the shot and chase it with the Red Bull.

Red Bull Energy Drink Alternatives

While Red Bull is the most popular energy drink to mix with vodka, you can experiment with other energy drinks like Monster or Rockstar.

Is it bad for your heart to consume Vodka Red Bull?

How many Vodka Red Bulls are considered dangerous?

The number of Vodka Red Bulls that are considered dangerous varies depending on factors such as body weight, tolerance, and other individual factors. It is important to consume alcohol in moderation and to be aware of your personal limits.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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