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Vodka Soda

vodka with club soda in a glass with a lime garnish

Among the most popular cocktails is the Vodka Soda, which perfectly combines simplicity and class. Many people choose this drink, and they’re not wrong. It’s quite simple to whip up and tastes crisp and delicious. With thousands of cocktails under my belt as a bartender, the vodka soda is particularly special. It’s great for any occasion since it has just the right amount of taste with just the right amount of ingredients.

Tasting Notes

A refreshing Vodka Soda is the perfect remedy for a scorching summer day. Light and refreshing, it combines the velvety smoothness of vodka with the refreshing tartness of soda water for a clean flavor. Every sip is just as invigorating as the last because of the carbonation, which gives it a nice fizz and tickles the taste. The drink is defined by the chilly, bubbly sensation rather than the faint vodka taste.

Equipment and Glassware

To make a vodka soda, you just need a few basic items.

  • A jigger for precisely measuring vodka to soda at the ideal ratio
  • An optional bar spoon is for stirring; however, a delicate tilt of the glass will also do the trick.
  • A classic highball glass, with just the correct amount of volume and form, makes for an ideal sipping vessel.

Ingredients

  • Vodka
  • Club soda or soda water
  • Garnish: lime wedge

What really sells the Vodka Soda is this easy combination. It’s simple, yet it allows for an infinite amount of personalization.

Instructions

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. The more ice you add, the colder and fizzier your drink will be.
  2. Add 1-2 shots of vodka (depending on your preference) to the glass.
  3. Top it up with club soda or soda water. You can also add a splash of lime juice for a tangy flavor.
  4. Gently mix the ingredients with a bar spoon to combine them. Avoid overmixing, as it can cause the soda to lose its bubbles.
  5. Add a garnish of your choice, such as a lime wedge, orange slice, cherry, or berry. It will add a pop of color and flavor to your drink.
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Pro Tips

  • To chill your drink without diluting it too fast, use lots of ice.
  • For an additional refreshing experience, chill your glass before serving.
  • The difference is in the quality of the vodka. It will subtly show through, so pick a brand you like.

When to Serve

Vodka soda is a versatile beverage. Enjoy it as a cool drink after a long day at the office or serve it at a summer cookout. You can’t go wrong with this refreshing drink for any occasion when you’re looking for something light and refreshing.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

The beauty of a Vodka Soda lies in its simplicity, so the vodka you choose can really make a difference. Brands like Grey Goose, Ketel One, and Tito’s offer a smooth taste that complements the fizz of the soda water. Experiment to find your favorite.

Similar Cocktails

  • Gin and Tonic: A classic that combines gin with quinine or tonic water.
  • Moscow Mule: Vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, served in a copper mug.
  • Americano: Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda water for a bittersweet taste.
  • Tom Collins: Gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water—a refreshing choice.
  • Aperol Spritz: Prosecco, Aperol, and soda water for a bubbly, citrusy cocktail.

History

The origin of Vodka Soda can be traced back to a concept of simplicity. The low calorie count and ease of preparation contributed to its rise to fame. It’s simple, clean flavor, and the way it highlights the vodka has made it a bar standard around the world.

vodka with club soda in a glass with a lime garnish

Vodka Soda

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • Vodka
  • Club soda or soda water
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Instructions

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. The more ice you add, the colder and fizzier your drink will be.
  2. Add 1-2 shots of vodka (depending on your preference) to the glass.
  3. Top it up with club soda or soda water. You can also add a splash of lime juice for a tangy flavor.
  4. Gently mix the ingredients with a bar spoon to combine them. Avoid overmixing as it can cause the soda to lose its bubbles.
  5. Add a garnish of your choice, such as a lime wedge, orange slice, cherry, or berries. It will add a pop of color and flavor to your drink.

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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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