Spiced Up Vodka Soda

A classic cocktail gets a contemporary makeover          

Sometimes you can’t beat a classic cocktail. There’s a few great reasons why the simple, delicious Vodka Soda has been popular for generations – it’s easy to prepare, doesn’t take a lot of special know-how and tastes super refreshing. In honour of the winter that won’t end in my part of the world, I bring you my take on this eminently sippable beverage. The twist: blend flavoured white balsamic with the vodka before topping with soda. I recommend white balsamic as it will preserve the cocktail’s characteristic clarity whereas a dark balsamic will make it muddy-looking (though delicious). The balsamic adds a subtle richness of flavour without detracting from the drink’s signature crispness. I recommend using premium vodka; my current favourite is Bob’s Super Smooth which is made from whey rather than potatoes, grain or corn used in traditional vodka. Like the name implies, it is indeed very smooth and ideal for a drink that tastes balanced and bright.


  • 2 ounces (4 tbsp / 60 mL) vodka
  • 1 ounce (2 tbsp / 30 mL) flavoured white balsamic *
  • Handful ice cubes
  • Soda water to top
  • fruit to garnish (optional)

* I used a Cara-Cara orange and vanilla white balsamic and it was terrific; next up I’m going to try mango.


  • Put the vodka and balsamic in a cocktail shaker along with 3 – 4 ice cubes. Shake until blended and chilled, about 1 minute.
  • Pour vodka-balsamic mixture and ice cubes into a lowball glass. Top with soda and garnish with fruit if desired.
  • Close your eyes, take a sip and imagine you’re somewhere warm.

Makes 1 cocktail


About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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8 Responses to Spiced Up Vodka Soda

  1. The Hook says:

    I almost wish I could take up drinking…

  2. Karin says:

    I just tried it with grapefruit white balsamic – delicious! Will be picking up more flavours of balsamic tomorrow!

    • Paula Roy says:

      That was my first test years ago as well (grapefruit white balsamic) and I loved it too. I need to restock as I think this will be my go-to cocktail all spring long! Glad you liked it!

  3. Karin says:

    Now, my favourite is Coconut White Balsamic Vinegar – it screams summer! I’m getting my vinegars at the Unrefined Olive in Kanata – send them your recipe, and they’ll be out of vinegar in no time! Who came up with vodka and vinegar? Genius!

    • Paula Roy says:

      Ha – I actually do get my vinegars from the Unrefined Olive! I’ll pester the owner to share the recipe on her FB page – great idea! It does seem like an odd combo but it really does work so well. I cannot wait to try your newest effort! Mmmmmmm …. coconut!!!

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