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11 Examples of What To Mix with Vodka
One of the joys of drinking vodka is its versatility in a mixed drink or use in a colorful cocktail recipe. With individual vodka tastes developing alongside traditional neutral spirits, knowing what you like in a vodka drink and what to mix it with can change your cocktail experience.
The following list of what mixes well with vodka includes liqueurs, juices, and mixed drink options to add flavor, color, and flair to your home bar cocktail making.
1. Peach Schnapps
Peach schnapps is a popular ingredient in infused vodka cocktails, adding sweetness to the neutrality of the clear spirit. A good Schnapps needs a balance between sweetness and fruit and generally pairs well with tonic, soda, and fruit juice.
Recipe: Sex on the Beach
Sex on the beach means fun (I hope), which this vodka, peach schnapps, and fruit juice punch provides with fruity friendliness.
- 2 oz of peach vodka (Ciroc Vodka topped our list of vodkas to try in 2021 and has a quality range)
- 1 oz of peach schnapps
- 2 oz of orange juice
- 2 oz of cranberry juice
- Ice Cubes
Optional: a teaspoon of lemon juice
Garnish: Orange, glazed cherries
Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and get shaking. Pour into a highball glass with more ice cubes, stir, and serve. Garnish with a piece of orange and some cherries.
Amaretto liqueur has a sweet, nutty flavor that’s often used to contrast the bite of many spirits. Despite its almond flavor, Amaretto can be made from apricot pits or almonds or in combination and is known for its smoothness in desserts, or as a cocktail complement.
One of my favorite mixed drinks is a simple pairing of amaretto and plain vodka, known as the Godmother.
3. Noilly Pratt Vermouth
Almost an afterthought in many a gin martini or vodka cocktail, Noilly Prat is the first and most famous of all Vermouth expressions. It’s a dry, straw-colored fortified wine created by French herbalist Joseph Noilly in 1813 and fundamental to many martinis.
If it’s not quite your style of mixer, there’s a range of sweeter (or even drier) variations available to jazz up your cocktail mix.
4. Schweppes Tonic Water
Tonic water contains quinine, which gives it the slightly bitter taste that works so well with spirits. The best tonic bottles offer sharp refreshment to mixed drinks and cocktails.
In traditional medicine and folklore, quinine is a common treatment for malaria, so would have been needed (along with gin) during the peak of the British Empire and even further back than that in other forms across cultures.
The water you’ll need to create a vodka drink recipe has to have a crisp bitterness and gentle tang on your tongue. This flavor edge pairs nicely with citrus or pineapple juice, botanical flavors in an infused vodka tonic, or matched with fruit for sour cocktails.
5. Q Ginger Beer
Q Ginger Beer is crafted only to be used as a mixer and is not recommended for standalone consumption. The Q mixer is spicier and features higher carbonation with less sugar, exactly what your vodka mixer, rum, or whiskey is looking for to complement a cocktail shaker full of spirits and ice for more pop in the glass.
Recipe: The Bloody Mary
The best Bloody Mary’s you can drink during any part of the day, but it’s synonymous with hangovers. A spicy, savory Bloody Mary is a go to for anyone needing some hair of the dog after a big night out
- 1 1/2 oz vodka (We recommend Tito’s Handmade Vodka for value)
- 1/2 cup tomato juice
- 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1-3 dashes Tabasco sauce (more for spicier taste)
- 4-6 dashes Worcestershire sauce (more for savory taste)
- Salt and pepper pinch
- 1 tsp celery salt
Garnish: Celery stick, lemon slice
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and mix thoroughly with some ice. Strain the mixture into a highball glass. Garnish with a celery stick and lemon slice and add a crack of rock salt and pepper to taste.
6. Sonoma Syrup Co. Classic Simple Syrup
An old classic recipe of vanilla, pure cane sugar, and water will blend easily into your favorite infused vodka drink or vodka mixer. Simple syrup is a must have for your home bar for mixing cocktails, or in your kitchen to sweeten tea, lemonade, iced coffee, and desserts.
7. Canada Dry Club Soda
Canada Dry Club Soda offers effervescence and a clean, sparkling taste, which makes it a reliable addition when making your favorite cocktail. Soda water tasty enough to drink on its own, Canada Dry is a simple choice for making a vodka soda with orange juice.
The zero-calorie, caffeine-free Club Soda is refreshing when supporting both neutral and strong-flavored spirits, but pairs well with fresh ingredients like apple juice, vodka cranberry, or in a vodka lemon-lime soda.
Recipe: Moscow Mule
For a sweeter and/or tangier flavor, utilize a grain to glass premium vodka or flavored vodka combined with syrup and bitters and a spicy ginger beer with great carbonation to suit your personal taste.
- 1 oz vodka (Fun fact: Smirnoff vodka created the Moscow Mule cocktail)
- 2/3 oz fresh lime juice
- Dash of bitters
- Ginger beer
- Crushed Ice
Optional: Simple syrup, ginger syrup
Garnish: Lime wedge, fresh mint
Add fresh lime juice, bitters, simple syrup/ginger syrup (if needed), and vodka to a classical cocktail shaker or mixing glass and stir thoroughly.
Strain mix into a copper mug or highball glass filled with crushed ice. Top with ginger beer, add mint, and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve straight away.
8. Lakewood Cranberry Juice
Lakewood Cranberry Juice is a certified biodynamic and USDA organic, 100% organic juice made from whole ripe organic cranberries. A quality cranberry offering can enhance your vodka cranberry appreciably and is a mixed drink or flavored vodka staple. It can even be used in cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan.
Each 32-ounce glass bottle contains the juice from over three pounds of fresh-pressed cranberries (which means it’s not made from concentrate).
9. Sparkling Ice Zero Sugar Classic Lemonade
It’s zero-sugar, zero-carbs, rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and uses only naturally sourced colors and flavors. Beyond that, it taste’s good in your glass.
Sparkling Ice is a zero-calorie take on a fizzy lemonade classic. The beverage is sweetened with sucralose and made with natural flavors, vitamins, antioxidants, and lightly carbonated spring water.
10. Rose's Grenadine Syrup
Grenadine is a do-anything addition to drinks and cocktails and just as important as sugar syrup in your home bar setup. Rose’s classic red concoction is rich and sweet but distinctive with pomegranate flavor.
From a simple fire truck vodka tonic to coloring sunrise cocktails, a little grenadine comes in handy to liven up anything you mix with plain vodka.
11. Angostura Bitters
Recognizable from its distinctive oversized label, Angostura brand bitters are my personal favorite. Angostura fits with just about any ingredient – from ginger ale to fresh fruit – you can throw into a delicious cocktail. A must have for any cocktail connoisseur.