Short of drinking a spirit straight, it doesn’t get any simpler than the Vodka Soda. A neutral spirit paired with neutral bubbly, this Highball is the go-to drink for cocktail neophytes, those who are watching their waistline or anyone who just doesn’t want to wait more than 10 seconds to get a drink. But if your beloved Vodka Soda is starting to feel tired, give it a much-needed makeover.
Here, five quick and easy ways to take the Vodka Soda to new heights.
1Get a Better Vodka
Do not overlook the importance of choosing a good quality vodka for your Vodka Soda. The neutrality of this cocktail means the vodka has very little to hide behind, so choose a vodka that is good enough to sip straight. Despite being hailed as the “flavorless spirit,” vodka does have subtle flavor notes that can shine in a Vodka Soda. Brands like Wigle Trope or Belvedere are sweet and fruity, while Chopin Potato Vodka has a spicy taste and creamy mouthfeel.
If you want to use a flavored vodka, avoid the crazy artificial flavors, and opt instead for something simple like a citrus vodka or, even better, a homemade infusion.