A really misunderstood cocktail and if any chance you, who is reading this right now holds the vodka soda in disdain, please hear me out first? Please? 😛
1.5 oz Vodka (Check out our Spirits post if you need recommendation)
.5 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice (Check out our previous post on how to make your own lemon juice)
3-5 oz of tonic water
Highball glass (8/10 oz)
Before even making this cocktail, preparation of the ingredients is of utmost importance. Assuming you are doing this at home, it should be easy to get some freezer space freed up to put your bottle of vodka in it. You heard me right ma man, open the freezer door, put the vodka in, and close the door. Your vodka wouldn’t freeze in a normal home freezer but something better happens, it gets cold, and in turn does not dilute as much when it is time to mix.
Next, you would need a good bottle / can of soda water. I mean the small ones, where one is almost good enough for 1 cocktail and that’s it. They do cost a little but ensure every cocktail you bang out has the right amount of fizz. If you do go for the large bottles of soda, do try to use it all immediately after opening. This is because the soda starts to lose its carbonation and if left too long exposed to the atmosphere, it will go flat and your vodka soda will be no different from vodka eau du robinet.
Top up the highball with ice cubes all the way to the top and stir to chill the glass. Discard the water from the ice that has melted and pour in the vodka, followed by the lemon juice and finally the soda water from a freshly opened bottle / can. Try to pour the soda such that minimal contact with the ice is achieved. More contact with the ice means more carbonation is lost and this results in a flatter cocktail.
With all the ingredients in the glass, using a barspoon (check out our Bar Ware post if you need recommendation), lift the ice cubes two or three times and then stir for 5 seconds. Garnish with the lemon wedge at the rim of the glass and it’s done! The vodka soda, so simple, yet so darn good. Done well, this is one many would look forward to after a hard day’s work.
There is also a step by step guide in video here.
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