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The Definitive List of 2-Ingredient Vodka Cocktails

October 13, 2022 by Helena Lombard

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You’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding what to mix vodka with. Vodka is super versatile, works well with many different mixer types, and forms the base of many legendary cocktails and drinks. So, if you have a bottle of vodka and some good friends coming over, here are 20 fuss-free 2-ingredient vodka drinks to mix up at home. 

1. Vodka Soda (vodka and club soda)

Vodka soda on ice with lime

Soda water isn’t the most obvious choice when deciding what to mix vodka with. But it is one of the best mixers you can choose if you love the taste of vodka. Because there’s no sugar or added flavor in the soda water, it will give the vodka a chance to shine. This dry and alcohol-forward 2-ingredient is simple to make and a good drink choice if you’re watching your weight.  

To make a vodka soda, pour vodka into a highball glass, top it with soda water, and add a squeeze of fresh lime, dropping it into the drink for a burst of color and zest.  Bubbly and sublime, this simple drink is a classic, but if you prefer a bit of sweetness, add some simple syrup and turn it into a Vodka Collins. Or perhaps you want to play around with some flavored vodka drinks in this format? The world is your oyster!

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2. Moscow Mule (vodka and ginger beer)

Glass of vodka with gingerbeer and lime and mint garnish

When it comes to what can be mixed with vodka, ginger beer has got to be one of our favorite mixers. The combination of fiery ginger beer and vodka results in an insanely refreshing drink. This simple ingredient adds layers of complex flavor, and when you mix it with vodka, you’ve got yourself the ultimate thirst quencher. Just one word of advice. Make sure you choose a quality brand made with natural ginger and without added sugar.  

To make a ginger beer with vodka, add 2 oz SKYY vodka to an ice-filled highball glass. Next, add 4 oz ginger beer, stir gently and serve. You can also go the extra mile and turn this easy 2-ingredient vodka drink into the iconic Moscow Mule, which uses a copper mug instead and adds ½ oz fresh lime juice. Super impressive, totally Insta-worthy, and easy to make! Go on, try it! 

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3. Vodka Tonic (vodka and tonic water)

Vodka and tonic water on the rocks

Gin is probably the first thing you think about when deciding what to mix tonic water with, but mixing vodka with tonic is a classic choice—especially if you prefer a more bittersweet vodka drink. To make one, add 2 oz vodka to a tall glass with ice. Top with 4 oz tonic water and add a slice of lemon for garnish. Simple and sophisticated, this slow sipper is an excellent drink for casual get-togethers with friends.

TOP TIP: Keen to push out the boat? Try making your own simple syrup with the addition of a herb like thyme to add something completely unique to a drink like this. 

4. Bloody Mary (vodka and tomato juice)

Front view of tomato juice being poured into a glass

Yes, ok. This savory drink isn’t strictly a 2-ingredient cocktail, but if you’re trying to figure out what to mix with vodka at home, your kitchen (and pantry) is an excellent place to start.  This is the classic hair of the dog that fixes the bad choices after an epic night before.

We’re talking about the boss of brunch: the iconic Bloody Mary cocktail. It’s a classic combination of vodka, tomato juice, spices, and garnishes. So, if you’re planning a weekend brunch with friends, make sure you’ve got vodka and tomato juice on your shopping list!  

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5. Vodka Cranberry (vodka and cranberry juice)

Festive vodka cranberry

If you love a Cosmopolitan cocktail, there is no doubt you’ll be a fan of the legendary cranberry vodka, which numbers among the most popular cocktails in the world. And if you think these pink drinks belong on the dusty shelves of our college years, think again! A simple Vodka Cranberry can be dressed up with a wheel of fresh lime for extra tang and style. And if you add a splash of fresh orange juice to the mix, you’ve got yourself a refreshing and sophisticated Madras cocktail.   

Easy to mix up at a moment’s notice and even easier to drink, keep this classic drink on your summertime cocktail menu for fuss-free entertainment.   

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6. Screwdriver (vodka and orange juice)

Bright orange Screwdriver cocktail

Vodka and orange juice served on ice is also known as a classic Screwdriver cocktail. This is a very popular drink, and it makes sense: juices are known to be good mixes with vodka. Serve these refreshing orange cocktails as a cheeky start to brunch or poolside with friends on a hot day. 

Making this drink is simple, but there are a few rules. One, use good vodka. Two, use fresh orange juice. And, three, make sure all your ingredients are chilled. Stick to these three golden rules, and this anytime cocktail will be a hit with your crowd. 

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7. French Martini (vodka and pineapple juice)

Vodka and pineapple cocktails

You probably think that rum is a better fit for pineapple juice, but vodka is versatile and works brilliantly too. This is an excellent drink if you’re dreaming of a beach holiday and craving those sweet tropical tastes. To make a vodka pineapple, pour 2 oz vodka over ice in a tall glass, followed by 3 oz fresh (unsweetened) pineapple juice. We prefer this vodka-forward ratio because we enjoy the taste of vodka, but add more pineapple juice for a lighter, less obvious drink.  

Add ½ oz grenadine and ½ oz fresh lime juice and garnish with pineapple leaves for something a little more beach-glam. Or add cranberry liqueur and shake it with ice, vodka, and pineapple juice to make a French Martini—a sophisticated summertime cocktail for dinners. 

8. Greyhound Cocktail (vodka and grapefruit juice)

Vodka and grapefruit juice cocktails with rosemary garnish

Grapefruit meets the smoothness of vodka in this tart and tangy drink. It’s a classic combination known as a Greyhound cocktail and makes a perfect brunch cocktail if you’re tired of the usual orange juice business. Legend has it this cocktail got its name back in the 1950s when the popularity of vodka started to take off in the US. Although this refreshing drink was originally made with gin, a restaurant chain in Greyhound bus terminals called Post House served theirs with vodka. Another great grapefruit-based drink to try is the Sea Breeze, which combines it with cranberry for some extra depth of flavor. 

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9. Vodka Cola (vodka and coke)

Vodka cola on ice with lime garnish

Wondering what to mix with vodka to make it taste good? If you don’t enjoy vodka, but that’s all you have in your bar, mix it with cola. This classic sweet and sugary mixer will go a long way to disguise the taste of vodka but will still have that boozy kick you’re craving. 

For the best result, go with 2 parts vodka and 1 part cola, and adjust it according to your taste from there. Or, if you want to make it a little different, use vanilla or cherry-flavored cola instead. 

10. Vodka and lime juice

Vodka with lime wedges

Vodka and lime are a classic combination, and the most important thing to remember when making this 2-ingredient vodka cocktail is the quality of the ingredients. Lime juice and vodka also form the base of some great cocktails. For example, add some simple syrup to create a Vodka Gimlet, or top it with soda or lemonade for a refreshing drink slightly lower in alcohol. Or, if you find the taste of lime too tart, use lime cordial instead for a totally different-tasting drink. Delicious! 

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11. Vodka and lemonade

Glasses of vodka with homemade lemonade and rosemary

This is a classic mixer for vodka, and while store-bought lemonade will do the trick, we prefer homemade. Refreshing and delicious, a well-mixed vodka lemonade is always a great thirst quencher for hot summers. So, if life gives you lemons, make some sweet and sour lemonade and add vodka. And if you want to add something extra, we suggest some muddled fruit (like strawberries, cranberries, or even limes) to make it a little more special. 

12. Vodka Martini (vodka and vermouth)

Vodka and vermouth martini with green stuffed olives

James Bond was probably the number one fan of vodka mixed with vermouth, and we’re a close second.  When you stir together vermouth with vodka and ice, you’re creating a Vodka Martini. While many people will argue that gin is a better choice for martinis, we say choose what you like. 

If you use good-quality vodka and great vermouth like Cinzano Extra Dry, you’re on to a winner! And while 007 was a fan of a shaken martini, it’s definitely better when stirred. It creates a less diluted drink and makes the vodka and vermouth shine. This classic martini is an excellent cocktail choice if you love a vodka-forward drink! Of course, you could always play around and try something a little more involved, like the Dirty Martini

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13. Vodka and iced tea

Vodka and lemon iced tea in highball glasses with ice and mint

Vodka and iced tea is one of the best summer drinks out there, because its easy to make your own and control its strength, flavor and sweetness. If you love vodka, then iced tea is a good choice as it won’t mask the taste, but rather boost it. Flavor-wise you can go in a lot of directions, and some of our best iced tea flavors include mango, mint, peach and lemon. We suggest you play around and find your fave. 

14. Vodka and ginger ale

Barbados Cocktail

Ginger ale has a unique spicy sweetness that complements the smooth, clean taste of vodka, creating a perfectly balanced flavor profile. For instance, the Vodka and Ginger Ale Cocktail is a delightful drink that perfectly balances the bold flavors of vodka and the refreshing taste of ginger ale. This drink is a beautiful marriage of a crisp, clean vodka base and the bubbly, spicy sweetness of ginger ale, resulting in a drink that is both refreshing and invigorating.

15. Black Russian (vodka and coffee liqueur)

Close-up of Black Russian Cocktail on the rocks

Made with just vodka and coffee liqueur, the tempting Black Russian cocktail is surprisingly flavoursome—especially if sweetened cold coffee is your vibe. Fun fact – the Black Russian predates the White Russian; it was first poured in Brussels in the 1940s (nowhere near Russia!).

16. Strawberry Vodka Lemonade (strawberry-flavoured vodka and lemonade)

Strawberry Bellinis

The invigorating Strawberry Vodka Lemonade is the ultimate thirst quencher. A tantalizing blend of sweet and sour, strawberry-flavored vodka gives the drink a fruity kick while the lemonade adds a touch of sparkle. Served over ice with a slice of lemon, it’s the perfect summer cocktail and the ultimate indulgence on a hot day.

17. Vodka and Dr. Pepper

Close up of two Vodka & Dr Pepper cocktails in rocks glasses on a wooden surface

The perfect balance of bold and smooth, the combination of vodka and Dr. Pepper creates a unique and delicious taste profile. The crispness of the vodka perfectly complements the rich and complex flavors of the Dr. Pepper cola, resulting in a beautifully refreshing drink. The blend of sweet cherry, caramel, and vanilla notes of Dr. Pepper is elevated by the subtle sting of the vodka.

18. Arctic Kiss Cocktail (vodka and Champagne)

IBA’s List of Official Cocktails

If you love the effervescence of Champagne cocktails, and the clear kick of vodka, you are going to adore an Arctic Kiss. Pour 2 oz SKYY Vodka into a chilled flute, top it off with 3 oz Champagne, and serve. Simple, elegant, and very good.

19. Vodka and apple juice

Goldwyn Follies Cocktail

Indulge in the crisp and refreshing blend of vodka and apple juice for a mouth-watering experience. The smooth and silky vodka perfectly complements the naturally sweet and tangy flavors of the apple juice, creating a perfectly balanced drink for a cozy night in or a lively gathering with friends. Of course, you could also try vodka and apple cider if you’re feeling particularly sprightly…

20. Limoncello Lemon Drop (vodka and limoncello)

Limoncello Lemon Drop

Arguably one of the best limoncello cocktail recipes for beginners, the classic Lemon Drop Martini is one of those drinks that will quickly become a regular occurrence on your DIY line-up as soon as you’ve poured the first one. The Limoncello Lemon Drop cocktail recipe ups the ante on this mixed drink format by combining 2 oz limoncello, 1 oz vodka, and 0.5 oz lemon juice for a zesty drink that always leaves a lasting impression.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Vodka is a clear, neutral spirit typically made from grains or potatoes. There are many different types of vodka available, including flavored and unflavored varieties. SKYY vodka is a popular brand that is made using American grains and is filtered through charcoal to create a smooth taste. Other types of vodka may be made using different ingredients, such as wheat, rye, or corn, and may be distilled multiple times for a more refined flavor.

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