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Vodka Soda Cocktail Recipe

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A vodka soda is quite innocent looking, until you take a sip. It’s also a very good base for many, many variations and can easily turn into a crowd favorite. 

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What is Vodka Soda?

Vodka soda is essentially just vodka and club soda, in the form of a highball. Now, this means that whichever vodka you use it will be very noticeable so this recipe calls for your favorite, most smooth and delicious vodka. The brand differs for many people so use whichever vodka you like. 

This is a very simple and straightforward drink, so having good quality elements is key. Here’s how to make your own vodka soda. 

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Vodka Soda Cocktail Recipe

Ioana Ciuraru
A simple, thirst-quenching vodka highball that's going to please all the vodka lovers.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 3 oz club soda


  • Build in a rocks glass, half-filled with ice.


The lime wedge or wheel in this is optional, but it breaks the monotony of the clear white drink.

When is this drink best ?

I think a vodka soda is great year-round, be it summer of winter. Vodka itself reminds me of winter, but I can see how this could be a great summer thirst quencher. 

My thoughts on Vodka Soda

I found vodka soda to be quite plain, but I do have to disclose I’m not crazy for vodka in general so there’s that. The vodka in the recipe is supposed to be plain, and it’s thinned out by the club soda so there isn’t a lot of flavor in this. 

Of course, if you use a flavored vodka or club soda, the result will be different. I think flavored vodka is the way to go here, especially a lemon or raspberry vodka. 

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If you like Vodka Soda, you might also like…

Vodka Press – a mix of vodka, lemon-lime soda, and club soda

Vodka Collins – similar to vodka soda, but better

Vodka Tonic – a simple mix of vodka and tonic water

Vodka Lemonade – a vodka-spiked lemonade

Gin Sonic – equal parts gin, tonic, club soda

Gin Soda – just gin and club soda

Notes, substitutes, and tips

Make sure you use a club soda that isn’t too salty. You could also experiment with sparkling water and mineral water. 

You can use this drink as a base for others. For example adding a 0.5 oz of Aperol to the mix, or amaretto, could turn into a new drink. 

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