Vodka Tonic

By Mixology Events

Vodka Tonic

It might only be a simple mixed drink, combining a spirit, a mixer, some ice and a garnish, but technically that’s enough to constitute a cocktail and, like it’s gin based brother, the Vodka Tonic is such perfected simplicity that it stands firmly amongst the cocktail canon.

Vodka, Tonic Water, Garnish.

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The Vodka Tonic might only be a simple mixed drink but its such an old and elegant high-ball that it is often included in cocktail books and bar manuals as one of the archetypal tall drinks.

Along with its slightly more popular sibling, the Gin & Tonic, the Vodka Tonic is a resounding favourite—combining dry, subtle vodka with bittersweet tonic and a fresh, fruity garnish to create a drink that’s beautifully balanced in its basicness. This refreshing high-ball is a great choice all year round and a fantastic addition to a vodka-based menu.

Thanks to its clean, subtle flavour profile, vodka is one of the most versatile spirits for mixology, if you’re planning on serving a vodka-based selection, there are a ton of great drinks you could serve alongside the Vodka Tonic, to offer a wide and diverse menu. Some of our favourite vodka cocktails include the Caprioska; a deliciously zingy twits on the Caipirinha, featuring vodka in place of cachaca, mixed with lime, sugar and crushed ice, the Moscow Mule; another simple high-ball, consisting of vodka, lime and ginger ale, or even the classic Cosmopolitan; a tangy, dry, daisy-style mixture of vodka, lime and cranberry juice.

If you’re featuring a Vodka Tonic as a refreshing choice on a summer-time menu, an obvious counterpart would be the Gin and Tonic, just these two drinks alone may be enough to satisfy the tastes of most guests, but there are plenty of ways to diversify a menu of long, low ABV drinks. Some other great tall, simple cocktails include the Dark and Stormy; a spicy mixture of rum, lime and ginger beer, and the Paloma; a dry citrusy high-ball of tequila, grapefruit and soda.

If you’re planning on serving a Vodka Tonic as part of your cocktail menu and want to know more about what drinks might be good to serve with it, be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other vodka based, high-ball and classic cocktails from our list.


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Ingredients & Equipment


  • 50ml Vodka
  • Tonic Water
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish (or alternative)


  • Jigger/Measure
  • High-Ball Glass
  • Cubed Ice
  • Take your high-ball glass
  • Using your jigger to measure, add the vodka to the glass
  • Fill the glass with cubed ice
  • Fill to the top with tonic water of your choosing
  • Garnish with a lime wedge or garnish of your choice
  • Serve and enjoy!



Fancy learning some of the core techniques that go into making the perfect Vodka Tonic? Join us on one of our range of cocktail making masterclasses.

We’re strong advocates of experience and it’s crucial role to picking up and applying knowledge. That’s why we deliver each of our range of cocktail making classes in as interactive a fashion as possible – providing a fully-equipped bar station for each of our guests, in turn giving them a great opportunity to really get to grips with the professional-standard equipment and ingredients at hand. On top of this, the fact that there will never be more than 5 guests to any one bar limits the time spent standing around as much as possible, meaning nobody’s experience is compromised.

The open-to-the-public variety of our cocktail making classes run every Friday and Saturday at our sister company and permanent home on Shoreditch’s Kingsland Road, TT Liquor, which houses a range of fully-equipped cocktail making studios.

 We also offer the option of taking things private if you’re part of a group of 6 or more aspiring mixologists. Our mobile cocktail class service allows us to take our portable bars on the road with us to any location across London, the UK and beyond. We have over a decade of experience and in that time we’ve held classes half way up the Shard, in a client’s back garden, and even as far afield as the Scottish Highlands.

If any of this sounds right up your street, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 020 8003 7982 and one of our dedicated events organisers will happily talk you through some your options, as well as answer any queries you may have about our services.