A Vodka Soda is a deceptively simple cocktail to make. But there is a wrong way to mix vodka with seltzer—and your choice of vodka or seltzer will wildly change the final outcome of the cocktail. Here, how to make the best Vodka Soda every time.
Use Good Vodka
The worst thing that you can do to your Vodka Soda is use a low-quality spirit as the base. As the centerpiece of the cocktail, the vodka should be good quality—something you wouldn’t mind drinking straight. For peppery, more savory Vodka Sodas, use a rye-based spirit like Belvedere or Square One. For a creamier, softer cocktail, use a wheat-based vodka like Absolut or Ketel One.
Don’t Sleep on Good Soda Water
Not only are some seltzers flatter than others, but some brands add salt to their water. Q, for example, adds a touch of saline to their club soda. While using soda water with added salt can make a Vodka Soda more thirst-quenching, it doesn’t necessarily work with all vodkas. Our personal favorite is Fever Tree, which has a higher level of carbonation and tighter bubbles.