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highball garnished with coconut cut into stars and a raspberry

Easy Vodka Soda Recipe (Plus 4 Ways to Make it Even Better!)

Amy Traynor
The Vodka Soda is the ultimate simple, low calorie cocktail. Learn how to make it the right way, then try these four creative ways to upgrade your Vodka Soda and create your own custom cocktail.
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Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ oz vodka
  • ½ oz fresh lime (or lemon) juice
  • 4-6 oz club soda or other sparkling water

Instructions
 

  • Fill a tall glass with ice, add vodka and citrus juice.
  • Stir gently to chill.
  • Top with chilled sparkling water.

Notes

Optional Upgrades:
1. Infuse your vodka. Here’s how to make a Strawberry Hibiscus Vodka Infusion: In a mason jar, combine 4 hulled and chopped strawberries + 1 hibiscus tea bag per 6 oz of vodka. Let sit at least 24 hours, or until flavorful. Strain and store in a sealed container. Pour 1.5 oz of your strawberry hibiscus vodka over ice, add a squeeze of lime and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a strawberry and lime wheel.
2. Muddle small pieces of fresh fruit, veggies, or herbs. Try a Cucumber Mint Vodka Soda: Try muddling three slices of cucumber with the juice of half a lime. Fill the glass with ice, add vodka, and stir to chill. Top with sparkling water and garnish with cucumber and a sprig of mint. Tip: give the mint a little slap before garnishing to release aromatic oils.
3. Rinse your glass with strongly flavored spirits or liqueurs. Try a Pineapple Lime Vodka Soda with Absinthe Rinse: Pour a small amount of absinthe (about 1/4 oz) into a tall glass. Swirl to coat the glass and then discard the liquid. Add three chunks of pineapple and muddle. Fill the glass with ice. Add vodka and a squeeze of lime and stir to chill. Top with sparkling water and garnish with pineapple or a lime wheel.
4. Garnish abundantly with fresh botanicals. Try adding some fresh coconut meat and raspberries with a squeeze of lemon to your next vodka soda. Other fun garnish flavor combination are: blood orange and rosemary, strawberry and lavender, blackberry and mint, or pineapple and sage.
Keyword simple cocktails, summer drinks, vodka, vodka soda
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