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; most of these are very smooth and ideal for a drink that tastes balanced and bright.


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons/60 mL) vodka
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons/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


Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

8 thoughts

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

    1. 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!

  2. 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!

    1. 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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