The Vodka Press recipe is a super easy-to-make and deliciously refreshing cocktail that only requires 3 ingredients!
On a hot summer day or adult birthday party, there’s nothing as refreshing to have then a Vodka Press. Honestly, it’s a great classic cocktail to have any day year-round.
The Vodka Press is super easy to make, only requires very few ingredients, it’s low calorie and is super customizable! Not to mention, it is super delicious as well.
Why is it Called a “Press”?
In cocktail terms, a “press” is a drink that contains equal parts of two types of soda water. The combination is typically lemon lime and club soda, ginger ale and club soda, or even tonic water and club soda.
The classic Vodka Press calls for the lemon-lime and club soda combo with vodka as the main liquor.
Its name and origins also comes from another cocktail called “Presbyterian”, which is made with whiskey, ginger ale and club soda.
Ingredients Needed to Make a Vodka Press Cocktail
Lemon-lime soda — Like Sprite or 7Up
Lime juice — You can omit the squeeze of lime, but it adds some brightness and zest that brings the cocktail alive.
Lime wedge and mint leaves — Optional for garnish
Other Variations of the Classic Vodka Press
With such a basic base, the Vodka Press can easily be customized with different flavored vodkas, fruit juices and sodas. Possible variations include:
— Grapefruit vodka, grapefruit juice, ginger ale and club soda
— Raspberry vodka, ginger ale and club soda
— Lemon vodka, lemon-lime and club soda
You can also sub out the vodka for other spirits like tequila or gin.
How to Make a Vodka Press
1 — In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka and lemon-lime soda. Shake well until chilled.
2 — Strain and serve in a tall glass filled with ice.
3 — Top off the glass with club soda and a squeeze of lime juice.
4 — Garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.
Recipe Notes and Tips
Do you need a cocktail shaker?
No, you can simply pour and mix the ingredients directly in a tall highball glass. However, we prefer the cocktail shaker to even mix the vodka and lemon-lime soda.
The club soda is always the last ingredient so that you don’t lose the fun fizz.
Smack your mint:
If a cocktail recipe calls for a mint garnish, we highly recommend always smacking the sprigs beforehand. Gently place the mint between the palms of your hands and smack or slap it.
How to make the cocktail recipe more low-calorie:
Swap out the regular soda for diet soda. If you are looking for more low calorie cocktails, check out our guilt-free Spicy Skinny Margarita. As always, have fun with your sodas. You’ll find that a popular favorite is using cranberry soda.
More Easy Vodka Cocktails to Try
If you are thirsty for more vodka recipes, try out these below:
Vodka Press Recipe
- 2 oz vodka
- 3 oz lemon-lime soda
- 3 oz club soda
- 1 splash lime juice
- 1 lime wedge optional for garnish
- 1 mint sprig optional for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka and lemon-lime soda. Shake well until chilled.
- Strain and serve in a tall glass filled with ice.
- Top off the glass with club soda and a squeeze of lime juice.
- Optional: Garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.
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