The Best Vodka Tonic Recipe You need to Try

What is the perfect drink for a Friday night? One that’s refreshing yet potent. A vodka tonic is just the right mixture of sweet and salty to get your weekend off on the right foot.

I know what you’re thinking, vodka instead of gin a gin and tonic? How dare I! But before we get into the nitty-gritty of why this is a good idea, let’s talk about how to make it. It’s not as simple as pouring some vodka into your G&T, but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with the perfect recipe for those who want something on the milder side.

I decided to share this recipe because it’s simple and refreshing – perfect for summertime! You can use vodka instead of the traditional gin and have it be just as delicious. If you’re feeling adventurous, try substituting the lime juice for lemonade or even grapefruit juice. Lastly, don’t forget to garnish your cocktail with a slice of a cucumber and edible flowers!

Let’s dive in and see how to make the most refreshing vodka tonic on the planet! But first, let us look into some tips for the perfect cocktail.

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Tips for making the perfect vodka tonic

Use premium ingredients

It would be best if you always opted for good-quality vodka and tonic water. Don’t use the cheap stuff. Using good quality ingredients gives your cocktail depth and richness.

Tonic water is slightly sweet carbonated water that has quinine as one of its ingredients. It has a wide range of flavors, with a sour and sweet mix hinting at a slightly bitter aftertaste. Cocktails make use of tonic water not only to neutralize the alcoholic flavors but also to add a little something else to them. It is also a great ingredient to carbonate your cocktails. Many cocktail brands are available on the market, but you should only use the good quality ones. We suggest Q tips vodka tonic. It has the perfect blend of flavor to give your drink the taste it needs

Since this drink only uses two main ingredients, your second one needs to be of good quality. Your vodka should be from a mid-range variety. You can usually judge the quality of the product by its price. You don’t have to use the most expensive vodka but don’t cheap out either!

Use clear glassware

This will allow you to see the actual color of your drink and make it even more appealing to the eye! You can get creative with colored glasses, too! Adding grapefruit juice instead of lime one gives you a beautiful pink tinge.

Garnish creatively

To take your drinks to a whole new level of creativity, consider garnishing them differently than how you’re used to seeing them being done. Try using edible flowers or simply slicing a fresh piece of cucumber into rounds for a clean and crisp addition. A fresh lime or lemon wedge will beautify your drink to a whole new level. Don’t be afraid to experiment — have fun!

Make it boozy

This cocktail tastes best when it’s just on the edge of being too strong. It will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed without being wasted. Also, be sure to use good quality vodka!

3. Time is of the essence! You want your cocktail to be well chilled before serving; otherwise, it might become diluted with melted ice or warm up from pouring it into glasses. For the quickest results, pour everything in your shaker cup except for garnishes and place that cup in the freezer until ready to serve.

Add both lemon and lime juice:

While you may think that both lemon and lime juice give the same citrusy flavors, there is just something different about both their flavors. Though it’s still enjoyable to drink with one citrus fruit or the other, it feels like everything is in place when used together for the perfect zing. Not only should you squeeze some lemon and lime juice in there, but also throw in a wedge of both as garnish too.

Pour the tonic water over a spoon

Another excellent tip for making perfect vodka tonic is holding a spoon and pouring the vodka tonic over it. This will make your vodka more fizzy and bubbly. We have no idea why this is so but trust us on this one. This little step can make your drink so much better.

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Nutritional Information

This drink does not have many nutritional benefits, and its nutritional information will depend a lot on the type of vodka and tonic water you use. Below we are providing general information on what you can expect from a serving of this vodka tonic

Calories: 138 calories

Carbohydrates: 10.7g

Fat: 0g

Protein: 0g

Potassium: 0.4g

Apart from this, this vodka tonic will contain vitamin C from the lime or lemon juice that you add.

Vodka Tonic Recipe: How to make vodka tonic

Ingredients: Tonic water, citrus fruit, and vodka

There are many different recipes to make an excellent vodka tonic drink. This one is relatively simple and includes just lime and lemon juices. These ingredients can be found at any local supermarket or shop for relatively cheap and do not raise the price of this drink. This cheap cocktail will cost you around €1 per drink when bought in bulk! Let us look into what is in a vodka tonic and how to make it. Here’s the recipe:


Vodka Tonic

This is a quick recipe to make one of the most delicious and refreshing beverages on the planet. It is so easy that you can even make it every day!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 person


  • 3 tbsp Vodka
  • 4 ounces tonic water
  • 2 lemon wedges (or use one each of lime and lemon)
  • 2 lime wedges (or use one each of lime and lemon)


  • Fill a clear glass with ice. It is also recommended to use clear ice for a more aesthetic outcome.
  • Pour the vodka and give it a stir a few times to chill it. This will prevent excessive ice melting after adding in the tonic water.
  • Add the tonic water. Pour it onto a barspoon during addition to increase fizziness
  • Add in the juice from either two lime wedges or two lemon wedges or one of each (recommended). Stir once. Add a lemon/lime wedge on the glass as garnish (optional)


Recipe Variations:

If you are tired of the normal vodka tonic, we have some recipe variations to make some cocktails with tonic water. Read on to find the mixed drinks with vodka for you!

Strawberry Lime Vodka Tonic:

For this recipe, use fresh strawberries, lime, and sugar along with vodka and tonic water, of course! Slice up the strawberries into thin slices and either crush them with a mortar and add other ingredients or you can even blend them to form a strawberry syrup. Squeeze in some lime, and you are good to go!

Blackberry Vodka Tonic: 

This vodka tonic is one of a kind. It adds a mouth-watering berry flavor to your drink. To add that blackberry tinge to your glass, use blackberry simple syrup. To make this simple syrup, add a few blueberries to your simple syrup while it is cooking. You can make this syrup beforehand and store it to make this drink. Add in the simple syrup to your vodka before adding in the tonic water. Garnish the drink with some sliced blackberries and add in some lime juice.

Kiwi Vodka Tonic:

This is one of our favorite recipes. It not only creates an Instagrammable aesthetic glass, but it also lets the flavors of kiwi and lime shine through. Gin is stronger than vodka, so this isn’t a good fit for gin tonic. To make this drink, peel a kiwi, making two slices, and chopping the rest up. Add this to your vodka, give it a whirl and add in some tonic water. To provide it with some sweetness, use some simple syrup.

Frozen Vodka Tonic

For this recipe, we will give you some exact ingredient measurements because it is slightly tricky with the ratios.

  • 1 ounce Tonic Syrup
  • 1.5 ounces Vodka
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 3-ounce seltzer
  • 5 to 6 ice cubes

To make this delicious slightly drink, simply add all these ingredients to a blender and blend away! You can garnish the top with some mint leaves or lime wedges. This drink is the most refreshing one out of all we mentioned and is just as easy to make. It is perfect for a summer day to sip as you walk around in the sun.


We hope you enjoyed our vodka tonic recipe. This drink is refreshing and easy to make, so we have a feeling it’s going to be part of your cocktail rotation from now on! After all, it only takes 2 minutes and three ingredients. It is the best for those who want a delicious cocktail but are tired of the traditional gin and tonic. If you did try the recipe at home yet, let us know what you thought about it in the comments below. And if you didn’t get around to trying this one yet, get to it today!

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