The Story Behind The Vodka Tonic

The Vodka Tonic is as refreshing as it is simple. And while not as well known as the Gin and Tonic, it’s an excellent vehicle for exploring high-quality vodkas. Though lighter in flavor than many cocktails, the Vodka Tonic’s profile is surprisingly complex — simultaneously combining bitter, sweet, and sour notes for an effervescent finish.

Using premium tonics and top-shelf vodka are the keys to a delicious Vodka Tonic. Easily sippable, this mixed drink pairs with practically everything and is easily customizable with the addition of citrus, berries, herbs, and more.


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces tonic water
  • Garnish: lemon or lime wedge (or both)


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Add the vodka followed by the tonic water.
  3. Stir gently and garnish with lemon or lime wedge (or both), squeezing it if you wish.

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Updated: 2021-08-05

The Vodka Tonic Recipe