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.
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!
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.
This simple drink has only four ingredients:
- Elderflower liqueur
- Fresh lemon or lime juice
- Club soda or seltzer water
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!
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.
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!
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Elderflower Vodka Soda recipe
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce elderflower liqueur
- ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 1½ ounces club soda
- Fill a lowball glass with ice. Add all ingredients to glass and gently stir to combine. Garnish with lemon wedge, if desired.
Nutrition info not guaranteed to be accurate.
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!