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posted: 01/26/24

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This Vodka Soda recipe is my favorite cocktail. Light and refreshing, this cocktail is only 90 calories!

Vodka Sodas with lime wedges

Vodka Sodas are my go to cocktail. They are crisp, refereeing, and because they don’t have any added sugar (looking at you, red wine), I can enjoy two glasses on a night out and still feel great the following morning.

In addition to being light in calories, they are also so easy to make. They come together with just two ingredients. I also love to throw in two lime wedges for the perfect cocktail.

Side view of cocktail jigger of ingredient being poured into tumbler of ice for Vodka Soda recipe. Lime wedges beside.

How to Make a Vodka Soda

This refreshing vodka cocktail comes together right in your glass. For the full recipe including all measurements, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Start with ice. Fill your glass with ice and add the vodka.
  • Top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge and enjoy!
Side view of person's hand pouring club soda into tumbler for Vodka Soda recipe. Lime wedges beside.

Best Vodka

Since this cocktail is made with just vodka and soda, it is important to use a good-quality vodka. The best quality vodkas are Grey Goose and Belvedere. A good-tasting vodka at a good price point is Tito’s, which is my go-to for vodka cocktails. The most important thing is to use a vodka that you enjoy the flavor of. If you live near a distillery, it is a great option to do some taste testing. You are sure to find a great bottle that you love!

The Perfect Ratio

When a cocktail only requires two ingredients, the quality of ingredients and ratio that you use are important. This vodka soda recipe uses 1 1/2 ounces of good-quality vodka and 4 ounces of fresh club soda. Of course, you can play around with the ratio of ingredients if you want a stronger or weaker vodka cocktail.

Vodka Soda with lime. Lime slices and another Vodka Soda beside.

Vodka Soda Calories

I don’t usually worry about calories in my cocktail, but this one is worth noting. With this recipe, the vodka club soda drink carries only 90 calories. This refreshing drink is a light cocktail with no added sugar.

Club Soda vs. Sparkling Water

Club soda and sparkling water are very similar and can be used interchangeably in recipes. The main difference between the two is that club soda is infused with carbon dioxide and minerals, which gives it a slightly salty taste, whereas sparkling water just has carbonation added to it.


This classic cocktail is perfect as is, but with how simple the recipe is, it would be easy to spice it up. If you’re looking to spruce up this recipe, here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Use flavored sparkling water instead of club soda. The grapefruit flavor is delicious!
  • Add fresh herbs like mint or basil for a fresh flavor profile.
  • Garnish with fresh fruit. An orange slice or some berries in your glass would be both beautiful and delicious!
  • Use an infused vodka to change up the flavor of the cocktail. Read more on this below.

How to Infuse Vodka

Infused vodka is so easy to make and a great way to make a new spin on a classic cocktail like this one. Infused vodka shouldn’t be confused with flavored vodka. Flavored vodka is often made with lower quality vodka, the taste of which is covered up by sugar and artificial flavoring.

Infusing vodka requires cutting up an ingredient and letting it soak in the vodka overnight to flavor it. I love my jalapeño infused vodka for making Bloody Mary’s! For this recipe, a cucumber infused vodka or citrus infused vodka made with either oranges or lemons would be amazing.

How to Serve

Serve your vodka and soda with lots of ice in a highball glass or glass tumbler. Garnish with lime wedges and or lemon wedges. I love to squeeze a lime wedge (or two, or three) into my cocktail for an extra refreshing twist!

Side view of Vodka Soda with lime wedges

Other Vodka Drinks

If you make this vodka soda recipe or any of my other recipes, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Vodka Sodas with lime wedges
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Vodka Soda

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This Vodka Soda recipe is my favorite cocktail. Light and refreshing, this cocktail is only 90 calories!


  • 1.5 ounces vodka see my vodka recommendations here
  • 4 ounces club soda
  • 1 lime wedge


  • Fill a small tumbler with ice. Add the vodka.
    1.5 ounces vodka
  • Top wit the club soda and give the drink a light stir to combine. Garnish with the lime wedge.
    4 ounces club soda, 1 lime wedge
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Vodka Sodas with lime wedges

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