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What to Mix With Vodka To Make it Taste Good? 10 Best Mixers

Last Updated on January 5, 2023 by Lydia Martin

You can enjoy your favorite vodka in a variety of ways– straight, over ice, or in cocktails. 

While you’re already aware of how vodka tastes, you can spice it up by using mixers. But what do you mix with vodka to make it taste good? 

Look no further. Here we’ll detail the best vodka mixers plus easy-to-make recipes for a complete drinking experience. 

Top 10 Mixers To Make Vodka Taste Better

10. Orange Juice

fresh orange juice in a glass

Vodka, mixed with orange juice, makes for a refreshing Screwdriver Cocktail chilled with ice. 

Prep Time: 2 mins.

Total Time: 2 mins

Ingredients: 

  • Ice cubes
  • 1.5oz vodka
  • 6oz orange juice

Instructions: In your highball glass, mix in orange juice and vodka. Stir, add ice, then serve. 

Serving: 1

9. Half & Half Spindrift

Half & Half Spindrift in can on top of table

Experience the real flavors of fresh lemon with booze by mixing Half & Half Spindrift and your favorite vodka drink– in this Lemon Drop recipe. 

Prep Time: 5 mins. 

Total Time: 5 mins. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5oz vodka
  • 12oz Half & Half Spindrift Lemon
  • 1oz lemon juice

Instructions: In your shaker with ice, add vodka and lemon juice, then shake well. Pour the mix into your coupe glass and top it with Half & Half Spindrift. If desired, garnish it with a lemon slice. 

Serving: 1

8. Pineapple Juice

fresh pineapple juice on a glass

Bay Breeze is a time-honored cocktail made with a shelf-stable blend of pineapple juice and vodka– letting your experience fruity and tart flavors.

Prep Time: 3 mins.

Total Time: 3 mins. 

Ingredients: 

  • Lime wedge
  • 3oz cranberry juice
  • 3oz pineapple juice
  • 2oz vodka

Instructions: In a highball glass with ice, pour vodka and top it with cranberry and pineapple juices. Garnish it with a lime wedge, and enjoy. 

Serving: 1

7. Grapefruit Juice and a Splash of Soda

Glass of Grapefruit Juice and a Splash of Soda

Vodka, mixed with grapefruit and a splash of soda, makes for a great-tasting Greyhound cocktail that surpasses time. 

Prep Time: 3 mins.

Total Time: 3 mins. 

Ingredients: 

  • 3oz grapefruit juice
  • Soda (of your choice)
  • 1.5oz vodka 

Instructions: In your glass filled with ice, add the vodka and grapefruit juice. Stir and pour a splash of soda on top. If preferred, garnish it with a fresh grapefruit slice. 

Serving: 1

6. Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer on a Pitcher and Bottle

Ginger beer and vodka? That’s a great pairing to make the tasty cocktail called “Moscow Mule.”

Prep Time: 3 mins.

Total Time: 3 mins. 

Ingredients: 

  • 4oz ginger beer
  • 0.5oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2oz vodka
  • Lime wedge

Instructions: In your copper mug or collins glass with ice, add vodka and lime juice. Top it off with ginger beer and garnish it with a lime wedge. 

Serving: 1

5. Lemonade

glass of lemonade

To make your favorite taste ultimately good, why not mix it with lemonade? This pairing makes for a delicious Vodka Lemonade– a refreshing summer drink.

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz vodka
  • 6oz lemonade
  • Slices of lemon
  • Fresh mint 
  • Ice cubes

Instructions: Add vodka and lemonade to your cocktail glass filled with ice. Stir well and garnish it with fresh mint and slices of lemon. 

Serving: 1

4. Tonic Water

top view shot of Tonic Water in a glass and jigger

Tonic water spices up vodka to make a perfect Vodka Tonic cocktail you can enjoy any time of the day. 

“We drank our coffee the Russian way. That is to say we had vodka before it and vodka afterwards.”

– Philip Sington, English Novelist

Prep Time: 3 mins.

Total Time: 3 mins. 

Ingredients: 

  • One lemon squeeze
  • Chilled tonic water
  • 2oz vodka
  • Lemon peel

Instructions: In your collins glass, add vodka and ice. Pour tonic water and the lemon squeeze. Garnish it with a lemon peel and serve. 

Serving: 1

3. Cranberry Juice

pouring bottle  of cranberry juice

What’s in a classic Cosmopolitan cocktail? That’s vodka mixed with cranberry juice and other mixers–creating a tasty drink with a combination of flavors. 

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Total Time: 5 mins. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1tsp maple syrup
  • 0.5oz lemon juice
  • 0.5oz Cointreau
  • 1oz unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1oz vodka
  • Lime wedge and lime wheel

Instructions: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and add all the liquid ingredients. Shake for about 15 seconds and strain the mixture into your martini glass. Squeeze the lime wedge and garnish it with a lemon wheel. 

Serving: 1

2. Lime Juice and Simple Syrup

2 glasses of lime juice

Enjoy your favorite vodka expression by mixing it with lime juice and making the delicious Vodka Gimlet

Prep Time: 2 mins.

Total Time: 2 mins. 

Ingredients: 

  • 0.5oz simple syrup
  • 0.75oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2oz vodka
  • Lime wheel

Instructions: In your cocktail shaker with ice, add lime juice, vodka, and simple syrup. Shake until chilled and strain it into your chilled cocktail glass. Garnish it with lime before serving. 

Serving: 1

1. Soda Water

glass of soda water

Make a classic Vodka Soda cocktail to spice up your favorite vodka drink. Add a squeeze of lemon for a citrusy flavor and a refreshing feel. 

Prep Time: 2 mins.

Total Time: 2 mins. 

Ingredients: 

  • Lemon wedge
  • A squeeze of lemon
  • 2oz vodka
  • Soda water

Instructions: Add the vodka to your collins glass filled with ice and top it off with soda water. Add the lemon squeeze and garnish it with a lemon wedge. 

Serving: 1

FAQs

What should you not mix with vodka?

You shouldn’t mix energy drinks with vodka, as it will not reduce alcohol concentration.

Energy drinks (Red Bull, in particular) will only worsen the effects as they’re stimulants, and alcohol (in vodka) acts as a depressant [1].

When combined, it can affect your heart muscles, which can cause diseases. 

What is the best way to drink vodka?

The best ways to drink vodka [2] are straight, chilled, or in cocktails.

You can also enjoy vodka along with your favorite traditional foods like “Zakuski” or sausages, salmon, olives, pickles, etc. 

Wrapping Up 

There you have it – 10 vodka mixers to try– along with tasty and easy-to-prepare cocktail recipes to enjoy regardless of the occasion. 

You can try a variety of drinks using your favorite vodka drink mixed with different beverages to level up its taste and experience different flavors. 

Try these recipes now and see how they can make your day great. 

References:

  1. https://www.verywellmind.com/is-alcohol-a-depressant-5191776 
  2. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-to-drink-vodka-like-a-russian 

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