Vodka Press Cocktail Recipe

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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 Vodka Press is a simple and refreshing cocktail that has been enjoyed for decades. It's a popular choice for those who appreciate a light and effervescent drink without an overwhelming sweetness.

  • Origins: The exact origins of the Vodka Press are not well-documented, but it likely evolved from the whiskey press, which is a similar cocktail made with whiskey.
  • Popularity: This cocktail is particularly favored during the summer months or at casual gatherings where a less potent, easy-sipping option is desired.
  • Audience: It's a hit among vodka enthusiasts who also enjoy the crispness of soda water and the subtle sweetness of lemon-lime soda.

How Vodka Press Tastes?

The Vodka Press offers a balanced blend of flavors, with the crispness of the club soda and the sweetness of the lemon-lime soda complementing the clean taste of vodka. It's light, bubbly, and has a refreshing finish that's neither too sweet nor too strong.

Interesting facts about Vodka Press

  • The 'Press' in Vodka Press stands for 'Presbyterian', which is the name given to cocktails that mix a spirit with equal parts of soda water and a sweetened soda.
  • It's a customizable drink; you can adjust the ratios to suit your taste.
  • The Vodka Press is also known as a 'Vodka Soda Splash' in some regions.


  • Vodka: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Lemon lime soda: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Club soda: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Ice cubes: As needed
  • Lemon or lime wedge: For garnish

A few good options for Vodka Press are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The Vodka in a Vodka Press serves as the base spirit, providing a kick of alcohol and a clean canvas for the mixers' flavors to shine. 2 ounces is just right; it's not too overbearing, keeping the drink light and sippable. Too much vodka and you risk overshadowing the subtlety of the mixers, too little and, well, is it even a cocktail?

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Lemon Lime Soda

The lemon-lime soda adds a sweet, citrusy zing and some extra bubbles. It balances the strong vodka while contributing to the overall refreshment factor of the drink. Soda more or less, and you might tilt the balance towards too boozy or too sweet.

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Club Soda

Club Soda is the unsung hero that adds fizziness without the sweetness, giving the cocktail a more grown-up edge. It helps to stretch the flavors and maintains the carbonation. Without it, the drink might be too sweet and lack complexity.

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Ice Cubes

Ice is key to keeping the Vodka Press cold and refreshing. It also dilutes the drink ever so slightly as it melts, which some say is essential to 'opening up' the flavors. No ice, and you've got a room-temp misstep on your hands.

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Lemon or Lime Wedge

Finally, the garnish. A lemon or lime wedge isn't just there for looks; it provides an extra pop of citrus when squeezed into the drink. Plus, that little wedge on the rim invites you to take a sip.

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Recipe. How to make Vodka Press Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 2 ounces of vodka over the ice.
  3. Add 2 ounces of lemon-lime soda.
  4. Top with 2 ounces of club soda.
  5. Gently stir to combine.
  6. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • Use a chilled glass to keep the drink colder for longer.
  • If you prefer a less sweet drink, increase the proportion of club soda.
  • For a citrusy zing, squeeze the lemon or lime wedge into the drink before adding it as garnish.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese platters: The neutral flavor of vodka and the effervescence of the soda make a Vodka Press a good companion to a variety of cheeses, especially softer ones like brie or goat cheese.
  • Seafood dishes: The crispness of the cocktail cuts through the richness of dishes like grilled shrimp or smoked salmon.
  • Finger foods: Pair it with simple finger foods like sliders, spring rolls, or bruschetta for a refreshing contrast.

Main Courses

  • Grilled chicken or pork: The lemon-lime component complements the light flavors of grilled white meats.
  • Pasta salads: A Vodka Press pairs well with the acidity and freshness of a cold pasta salad.
  • Pizza: Its carbonation and citrus notes can slice through the oiliness of pizza, making for a delightful combination.


  • Fruit tarts: The sweetness and acidity will balance well with a fruit tart without overpowering it.
  • Sorbet: A light and fruity sorbet is enhanced by the bubbly and citrusy nature of this cocktail.

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What you could change in Vodka Press

  • Vodka: You can use any brand of vodka, but a high-quality vodka will improve the drink's smoothness.
  • Lemon Lime Soda: Sprite or 7Up are common, but any lemon-lime flavored soda works.
  • Club Soda: Sparkling mineral water can be used as an alternative for a slightly different taste.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cucumber Vodka Press

Swap out the regular vodka for cucumber-flavored vodka to add a refreshing spa-like twist. Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber for an extra touch.

  • Why Try? The cucumber adds a fresh garden vibe that's perfect for hot summer days.

Spicy Vodka Press

Give the Vodka Press a fiery twist by adding a dash of hot sauce and using pepper-flavored vodka. The heat will contrast nicely with the cool carbonation.

  • Why Try? For those who like a bit of heat in their drink, this could be a tantalizing option.

Berry Vodka Press

Before adding the liquids, muddle some fresh berries at the bottom of the glass. Use a berry-flavored vodka to heighten the fruitiness.

  • Why Try? This twist is for the sweet tooth, adding a fruity burst that complements the citrus notes.

In case you forgot basics how to make Vodka Press

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.

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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 Vodka Press

What type of glass is best suited for serving a Vodka Press?

A highball glass is typically used for serving a Vodka Press to accommodate the volume and proportions of the drink while providing enough room for ice and garnish.

Can the Vodka Press be made into a non-alcoholic version?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version by substituting vodka with a non-alcoholic spirit alternative or simply by omitting the alcohol and enjoying the combination of lemon-lime and club sodas.

How do I make a Vodka Press stronger?

To make a Vodka Press stronger, you can increase the amount of vodka while keeping the soda proportions the same. Always drink responsibly and be aware of the increased alcohol content.

Is there a specific time of day best for enjoying a Vodka Press?

Vodka Press is versatile and can be enjoyed at any time of day, but it's especially refreshing as an afternoon drink or an early evening aperitif.

Can I use flavored vodka for a Vodka Press?

Yes, flavored vodka can add an extra dimension to the drink. Consider using citrus-flavored vodka to complement the lemon-lime soda.

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