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"The Vodka Tonic is a classic high-ball and such a seemingly natural pairing that it has probably existed as long as these two ingredients have occupied the shelves of bars together.."

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Vodka Tonic

It might only be a simple mixed drink but the Vodka Tonic is such perfected simplicity that it stands firmly amongst the cocktail canon.

Method

Take your highball glass and, using your jigger to measure, add the vodka.

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!”

Equipment

Jigger/Measure
Cubed Ice

History

The Vodka Tonic is a classic high-ball and such a seemingly natural pairing that it has probably existed as long as these two ingredients have occupied the shelves of bars together.

Vodka became a universally popular spirit in the 1950’s, with its low calorie count and neutral flavour profile it quickly took off and found its way into various cocktail recipes and mixed drinks. With the already widespread popularity of the Gin and Tonic it was only natural that one of the first uses of this new spirit was as an alternative to the notable high-ball.

Interestingly, and despite what its marketing may suggest, Smirnoff vodka – perhaps the most famous vodka brand – is produced all over the world, though not in Russia itself.

The company was forced out of Russia after the revolution in 1917 and had to relocate operations a number of times before eventually selling to an Russian businessman living in America called Rudolph Kunnett who began producing the spirit in Bethel, North Carolina in 1933.

Unfortunately for Kunnett, vodka failed to take off with the US market and he was forced to sell to Heublein, a company that specialised in the import and export of liquors and foreign foods.

Allergens
No common allergens to be found, although, since every body is different, we advise you check out this recipe's ingredients list just to be sure!
Ingredients

50ml Vodka

Tonic Water

Lime Wedge for Garnish (or alternative)

Times:

Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Calories:

175 calories

Servings:

Serves 1

Method

Take your highball glass and, using your jigger to measure, add the vodka.

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!”

Equipment

Jigger/Measure
Cubed Ice

History

The Vodka Tonic is a classic high-ball and such a seemingly natural pairing that it has probably existed as long as these two ingredients have occupied the shelves of bars together.

Vodka became a universally popular spirit in the 1950’s, with its low calorie count and neutral flavour profile it quickly took off and found its way into various cocktail recipes and mixed drinks. With the already widespread popularity of the Gin and Tonic it was only natural that one of the first uses of this new spirit was as an alternative to the notable high-ball.

Interestingly, and despite what its marketing may suggest, Smirnoff vodka – perhaps the most famous vodka brand – is produced all over the world, though not in Russia itself.

The company was forced out of Russia after the revolution in 1917 and had to relocate operations a number of times before eventually selling to an Russian businessman living in America called Rudolph Kunnett who began producing the spirit in Bethel, North Carolina in 1933.

Unfortunately for Kunnett, vodka failed to take off with the US market and he was forced to sell to Heublein, a company that specialised in the import and export of liquors and foreign foods.

Allergens
No common allergens to be found, although, since every body is different, we advise you check out this recipe's ingredients list just to be sure!
Recommended

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.

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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