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Vodka Tonic Cocktail Recipe

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The vodka tonic is simple, refreshing, and definitely something to try if you think gin and tonic has too strong a flavor. 

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What is Vodka Tonic?

The vodka tonic is as simple and easy as it sounds – a mix of vodka and tonic water, in the form of a highball. It’s a riff on the classic gin and tonic and was only a matter of time until it happened. 

There are different ratios and recipes, and you should feel free to experiment at home with how much vodka you like for your tonic water. And as always when dealing with very simple but refreshing highballs, you can always experiment with flavored vodka or various tonic water flavors. 

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Vodka Tonic Cocktail Recipe

Ioana Ciuraru
A simpler tonic highball, where vodka is king.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • tonic water to top


  • Build in ice-filled Collins glass.


The vodka in this is plain, so you will feel the tonic the most. Get a tonic you really like.

When is this drink best ?

I think the vodka tonic works great year-round, but it works especially well in the summer when you’d like a refreshing drink with just a little sweetness. I see it as a great lunch cocktail, perfect for something casual like a family get-together, or something more formal like a wedding. 

I also think vodka tonic is a great option if you don’t particularly enjoy gin and tonic and want a more neutral spirit instead. 

My thoughts on Vodka Tonic

I found the vodka tonic to be a bit plain, in that you can mostly taste the tonic, and the vodka takes a backseat (as opposed to gin). It’s a a very refreshing drink from that point of view, and you definitely get a lot of carbonation (or however much your tonic water has).

It’s because of that you should use a tonic water you really like, and perhaps express a little bit or lemon, lime, or both into the drink before serving. It helps bring more flavor. 

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If you like Vodka Tonic, you might also like…

Gin tonic – the classic gin and tonic

Vodka Collins – vodka a club soda, with a bit of sweetened lemon

Cape Codder – vodka and cranberry juice

Caipiroska – a vodka-made caipirinha

Vodka Gimlet – a gimlet with a vodka base

Vodka Soda – a simple vodka and club soda mix

Tequila Tonic – a refreshing mix of tequila and tonic water

Gin Sonic – equal parts gin, tonic, club soda

Gin Soda – just gin and club soda

Notes, substitutes, and tips

The original uses plain vodka with tonic water. Feel free to use flavored tonic and/or flavored vodka if you want to experiment with different flavors. 

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