Vodka Press

Lemon/lime and club sodas work together to create a satisfying and harmoniously simple cocktail.

Vodka Press

When introduced to the Vodka Press, I was immediately struck by its use of two different types of soda. I must’ve been living in a pineapple under the sea for never having come across a drink like this before. As simple as the concept is, this was the first time I experienced it. In fact, I had never experienced so much fizz flying up my nose until I took my first sip. The Vodka Press was the bubbliest beverage I had ever imbibed.

Naturally, my imagination started to work overtime. It’s called a Vodka Press, so my brain automatically created images of waves of club soda and walls of Sprite or 7-Up “pressing” up against the vodka from either side, literally making the spirit’s flavor pop forward. That had to be where this cocktail got its name, right?

Wrong.

The Press portion of the drink’s name comes from another cocktail, the Presbyterian. That beverage, as old as the 1890s, mixed scotch or rye-whiskey with ginger-ale and club soda. The name either came from the Scottish origins of the church itself, or as a tongue-in-cheek joke referencing the teetotaler lifestyle of many devoutly religious folk.

Anyway, Press is short for Presbyterian.

What is the Best Vodka to Use in a Vodka Press?

You can play around with the different flavored vodkas that are on the shelf at your local grocery store or spirit shop, but I like to let the soft drink and club soda mixture in this cocktail do the tasty work. Choosing a good mid-to-top shelf grain or wheat-distilled vodka adds the right spicy notes that lie just below the citrus of the fizzy ingredients. This drink is best when it leans on the lighter and fresher side of flavor country.

Vodka Press
Servings 1
5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces lemon-lime soda such as Sprite or 7Up
  • 2 ounces club soda

Instructions

  • Fill a highball glass with ice to keep your drink chilled.
  • Pour 2 ounces of vodka over the ice. For a lighter version, feel free to use just 1 ounce.
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  • Gently add 2 ounces of lemon-lime soda to the glass for a sweet citrus twist.
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  • Top off with 2 ounces of club soda to introduce the perfect amount of fizz.
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  • Stir the mixture gently to combine the flavors without losing carbonation.
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  • Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge for an extra touch of zest and enjoy your homemade Vodka Press.

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0.1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 2mg | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.03mg
Vodka Press

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Similar Cocktails to the Vodka Press

Some of my favorite cocktails tend be of the bubble and fizz-filled variety. I’ve written about a number of them here at Twist & Toast, so let me share a few with you below. You might find your next favorite drink with us:

  • Gin Fizz – Frothy, smooth and crisp, the Gin Fizz fast became one of my go-to weekend tipples.
  • Vodka Soda – Just vodka and soda make up the Vodka Soda, a simple and refreshing classic.
  • Gin Rickey – This tart and tangy libation is sure to keep you cool on those hot and heavy summer nights.
  • 7 & 7 – Seagram’s and 7-Up give this iconic “tough guy” drink its name.

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