Creek Water Cocktail Recipe

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Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Creek Water cocktail is a simple yet refreshing drink that is perfect for those who enjoy a light, citrusy cocktail. It's not clear where the name 'Creek Water' comes from, but it's likely due to the cocktail's clear, water-like appearance. This cocktail is a hit among those who enjoy a balance of sweet and sour flavors in their drinks.

How Creek Water Tastes?

The Creek Water cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet and sour. The citrusy tang of the lemon juice is balanced by the sweetness of the simple syrup, while the vodka adds a smooth, subtle kick. It's light, refreshing, and perfect for a hot summer day.

Interesting facts about Creek Water

  • The Creek Water cocktail is often served in a highball glass, which allows for plenty of ice to keep the drink cool.
  • Despite its simplicity, the Creek Water cocktail is versatile and can be easily customized with different fruit juices or syrups.
  • The Creek Water cocktail is a great choice for those who prefer lighter, less alcohol-heavy cocktails.


A few good options for Creek Water are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The bold, clean taste of vodka provides a strong base for the cocktail. Using 2 oz balances the drink's potency with its other flavors. Imagine vodka as the canvas in your art of mixology; without it, it’s just a lemon soda.

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Lemon Juice

Citrusy sharpness from 1 oz of lemon juice cuts through the vodka's punch, adding a refreshing zest that makes you pucker up in a good way. Less juice would make the drink bland, more would overshadow the vodka—like a limelight hogging lemon.

Alex Green

Simple Syrup

Simple syrup brings the sweetness to mellow out the tartness of the lemon. 1 oz ensures the cocktail is not too sweet, nor too sour—Goldilocks would approve. Skip it, and you’re on a one-way trip to Tartville.

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Soda Water

Soda water is the fizzy chariot that lifts the other ingredients into a bubbly dance. Top up to preference, but don't drown your cocktail or it'll lose its voice in the crowd of bubbles.

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Ice is the unsung hero that chills without diluting too quickly (if you drink at a reasonable pace). It keeps everything cool and collected, like a bouncer for temperature control.

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Lemon Slice

A lemon slice for garnish isn't just a pretty face; it’s a promise of the zest to come. It's also the cocktail's way of waving at you, saying "Come take a sip!"

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Recipe. How to make Creek Water Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Add 2 oz of vodka, 1 oz of lemon juice, and 1 oz of simple syrup to the glass.
  3. Top up with soda water.
  4. Stir well to combine.
  5. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Pro Tips

  • For a more refreshing drink, try using freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, you can add more simple syrup.
  • To make the cocktail look more appealing, you can add a few fresh mint leaves as garnish.

Perfect Pairings


  • Fried Calamari: The lemony zest of the cocktail cuts through the richness of the fried calamari.
  • Cheese Platter: A selection of cheeses, especially goat cheese, will complement the cocktail's bright and tangy profile.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken or Fish: The clean and crisp flavors of the cocktail pair nicely with lighter proteins.
  • Pasta with Creamy Sauces: The acidity in the cocktail can help balance the richness of creamy pasta dishes.


  • Lemon Tart: For those who enjoy harmonious pairings, the lemon in the cocktail will echo the tartness in the dessert.
  • Fresh Fruit Salad: The cocktail's freshness will enhance the natural sweetness of the fruit.

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What you could change in Creek Water

  • Vodka: Can be replaced with gin for a different flavor profile.
  • Lemon Juice: Can be replaced with lime juice for a more tart flavor.
  • Simple Syrup: Can be replaced with honey or agave syrup for a more natural sweetness.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cucumber Creek Water

  • Add 2-3 slices of fresh cucumber: Before adding the other ingredients, muddle the cucumber slices in the glass to release their essence. This twist adds a spa-like freshness that contrasts the zesty lemon for a cocktail that’s as refreshing as a morning dew.

  • Substitute simple syrup with honey syrup: Replace the simple syrup with an equal amount of honey syrup to introduce a floral undertone. This makes for a cocktail that's got a bit of a buzz, without the sting.

Spicy Creek Water

  • Muddle a slice of jalapeño: Kick things up a notch by muddling a slice of jalapeño in the glass before adding the rest. It’s like a flavor fiesta for your taste buds, with just enough heat to say "¡Olé!"

  • Rim the glass with chili salt: Give your glass a fiery outfit by rimming it with chili salt. Every sip comes with a mini adventure around the rim - a spicy escapade!

Berry Creek Water

  • Muddle a handful of mixed berries: In place of the cucumber, muddle some fresh, seasonal berries. This fruity twist turns your cocktail into a berry bonanza - a berry patch in a glass, if you will.

  • Top with a splash of cranberry juice: Instead of soda water, top your concoction with a bit of cranberry juice for a tart twist that’s both berry delightful and a visual treat.

Each twist brings a new experience that still honors the spirit of the original Creek Water cocktail, but with a personal flair that says "I’m not just another drop in the ocean."

In case you forgot basics how to make Creek Water

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

Learn everything on how to stir

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Creek Water

Is Creek Water cocktail good for beginners?

Yes, the Creek Water cocktail is an excellent choice for beginners due to its simplicity to make and light, refreshing taste.

What time of day is best to enjoy Creek Water cocktail?

The Creek Water cocktail is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed at any time of the day, though it is especially refreshing during the afternoon on a hot day.

What are some common snacks or meals that pair well with the Creek Water cocktail?

The citrusy and sweet flavours of the Creek Water cocktail pairs well with seafood dishes, salads, and light appetizers.

Is the Creek Water cocktail suitable for a cocktail party?

Absolutely. Its refreshing flavor and elegant appearance make it suitable for fancy cocktail parties.

Can the Creek Water cocktail be premade in a large batch for parties?

Yes, the cocktail can be premade in large batches. However, it's best to add the soda water just before serving to maintain its fizzy freshness.

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