Elderflower Vodka Soda

by | Apr 8, 2019 | All, Elderflower Liqueur, Vodka

Impress your guests with this easy Elderflower Vodka Soda recipe. It takes your classic vodka soda from average to AWESOME with the addition of one simple ingredient. 

This post was originally published on 4/8/2019 and updated on 2/5/2020. 

Lowball glass filled with Elderflower Vodka Soda recipe. Garnished with fresh lemon wedges.

A vodka soda is a go-to drink for a lot of people. It’s super easy to make, has only three ingredients and never goes out of style. 

But it’s also kind of boring. 

Don’t get me wrong; some people consider a vodka soda healthy because it’s low in carbs and calories. But that also makes it low in flavor, in my opinion, unless you really dig the taste of plain vodka. 

You can make a much, MUCH better vodka soda – one that you will crave – with this Elderflower Vodka Soda recipe. A small amount of elderflower liqueur gives this classic drink the perfect bit of sweetness to take the edge off the sharp aftertaste of the traditional version. 

Your friends will definitely ask for the recipe!

Two lowball glasses filled with Elderflower Vodka Soda. Garnished with fresh lemon wedges.

What is a Vodka Soda? 

It’s basically three ingredients: vodka, club soda (or seltzer water) and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. That’s it. You can see why people love this drink because it’s so easy to make.  

But don’t confuse a vodka soda with a vodka tonic cocktail. A vodka tonic also has vodka and lemon or lime juice but instead of club soda, it uses tonic water, which has a bitter quinine flavor. Most people prefer one over the other. 

Two lowball glasses filled with ice and Elderflower Vodka Soda recipe.

What’s in an Elderflower Vodka Soda?

This simple drink has only four ingredients:

  • Vodka 
  • Elderflower liqueur
  • Fresh lemon or lime juice
  • Club soda or seltzer water

What is elderflower liqueur? 

It is made from the white flower blossoms of the elderflower bush and has a sweet, slightly floral flavor. 
 
Don’t be turned off by the floral description! This liqueur is SUPER versatile and just a little bit adds smoothness to almost any spirit, like in this vodka soda.  
 
Want to learn more? We wrote a comprehensive guide to elderflower liqueur to give you everything you need to know. Plus we created recipes for more than 17 other elderflower liqueur cocktails. Check them out today! 
Elderflower Vodka Soda recipe in a lowball glass filled with ice. Garnished with lemon wedges.

Vodka soda with lime or lemon? 

You can’t go wrong with either lemon or lime in a vodka soda, but I prefer the flavor of lemon in this elderflower version.

If you’re more of a lime lover (or that’s all you have in the fridge), feel free to use that instead. Just make a drink that works for you! 

Are club soda and seltzer water the same thing? 

Many people claim that club soda has a slightly saltier taste than seltzer water because it has added minerals. Plain seltzer water doesn’t have any additives. If you’re unsure, try them both and use the flavor you prefer. 
 
I personally use them interchangeably in my cocktails because I can’t tell a huge difference in mixed drinks. 
Two lowball glasses filled with Elderflower Vodka Sodas. Garnished with fresh lemon wedges and a lemon peel twist.

How much vodka do you use in vodka soda cocktails?

Ever had a bad vodka soda? My guess is yes. The correct proportions of alcohol are key to ANY good cocktail. 

My recipe recommends using 2 ounces of vodka in each vodka soda. I find that amount keeps the drink well-balanced, but you can tweak it either up or down if you like. Consider this Elderflower Vodka Soda recipe a starting point to build a cocktail that works for you. 

Elderflower Vodka Soda recipe in two lowball glasses filled with ice. Garnished with lemon wedges.

What glass do you drink vodka soda cocktails in?

If you order a vodka soda in a bar, it will be served in either a highball or lowball glass. Everyone has an opinion as to which glass is right to use, but I’m firmly in camp lowball for a couple of reasons:
 
  1. You’re making a cocktail, not gulping a glass of lemonade. It shouldn’t be super-sized.
  2. A vodka soda made in a highball glass usually means you are either going to have too much of something, whether it is ice, soda or vodka – all of which contribute to an unbalanced drink.
Lowball glass with silver rim. Filled with Elderflower Vodka soda. Garnished with a fresh lemon wedge.

How to make the BEST Elderflower Vodka Soda

Making a classic vodka soda at home is EASY when you follow these simple steps: 

  • Fill a lowball glass with ice. Lots of ice. Not just a few cubes. Fill the whole darn glass. There is nothing worse than sipping on a lukewarm cocktail because all the ice has melted.
  • Keep your spirits proportional. It’s tempting to just pour in an amount that looks good, but you own a jigger for a reason. Use it. (Or if you don’t, for heaven’s sake, buy one!) 
  • Fresh lemon (or lime) juice is also a must. There isn’t much here, but don’t be tempted to grab the squeeze bottle from the grocery store shelf. The flavor just isn’t the same.
  • Top with club soda and give the whole thing a gentle stir. Garnish with a lemon (or lime) wedge and sip happy!

Here’s what I use to make this drink

These inexpensive items make it easy to create bar-worthy cocktails at home:

  • Some lowballs are HUGE. These lowball glasses are more modest in size and work well for a variety of cocktails.
  • These measuring beakers are essential tools in our home bar. Rarely is a cocktail made without them. Plus they can be easily put in the dishwasher.
  • This handy citrus press makes juicing fresh lemons and limes a breeze. No more excuses for using bottled juice!
Two lowball glasses with a silver rim. Filled with Elderflower Vodka Sodas. Garnished with fresh lemon wedges.

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Yield: Makes 1 drink

Elderflower Vodka Soda recipe

Lowball glass filled with Elderflower Vodka Soda recipe. Garnished with fresh lemon wedges.

Even classic cocktails can be improved. A small amount of elderflower liqueur takes an easy vodka soda from average to awesome!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 ounces club soda

Instructions

  1. Fill a lowball glass with ice. Add all ingredients to glass and gently stir to combine. Garnish with lemon wedge, if desired.

Notes

Feel free to swap in lime juice if you prefer.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

6 ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g

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Think you can’t improve on the classics? Think again! This easy Elderflower Vodka Soda recipe uses a bit of elderflower liqueur to give this simple cocktail a major flavor boost. Your friends will definitely want the recipe! 

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