Simple and refreshing, this Ketel soda is an intriguing mixed drink. The addition of grapefruit and thyme is a little out of the ordinary and a nice way to enhance the average vodka-soda.
To make the drink, all you have to do is add a couple wedges of fresh grapefruit to your glass of vodka, then top it with club soda. Adding the thyme garnish gives it a nice twist and it will slowly infuse its herbal aroma into the drink. As you enjoy it, you'll quickly discover that thyme and grapefruit are a perfect pairing.
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka (Ketel One)
- 1 to 2 wedges grapefruit
- 3 ounces club soda
- Garnish: sprig of thyme
Gather the ingredients.
In a rocks glass filled with ice, build the grapefruit wedges, vodka, and soda.
Garnish with a sprig of thyme.
Serve and enjoy!
- A grapefruit has a really thick skin that will take up a lot of room in a glass. While you might be used to including a whole orange wedge—peel and all—in other drinks, it's best to remove the grapefruit peel before adding it to your drink.
- To really enhance this drink's flavor, muddle the grapefruit to extract more of the tart juice. Do this in the bottom of your glass before adding ice or any of the other ingredients
- Thyme leaves are very small, so using a whole sprig will prevent them from floating around in your drink. A small sprig of the herb can also be added to the grapefruit muddle if you like. Muddle gently, though, so as not to tear too many leaves off the delicate stem.
- For the best drink, use the freshest club soda possible. Those little bottles are very convenient because it will probably be gone before it can go flat. Typically, you can expect to get two to three drinks from one 10-ounce bottle, depending on the size of your glass.
- Adding the club soda last is a good move. The carbonated water will do most of the mixing for you. However, you can help it along by giving the drink a good stir before adding the garnish—about 10 seconds should do. You might also want to serve it with a stir stick so you can mix it up again as you drink.
- Give this drink extra pizzazz by pouring a flavored vodka. Ketel One makes several citrus options—Citroen and Oranj—that are just as crisp and clean as the original. Either is perfect for this drink.
- Club soda is the cleanest soda water, but the drink is good with any clear sodas. Ginger ale will add a crisp sweetness, while a lemon-lime soda will further enhance the citrus. You can also look to some of the specialty sodas with light flavors and low sugar; Q Drinks Grapefruit and Fever-Tree Lemon Tonic would be really nice here.
- No thyme? No problem! If you don't have this herb, consider adding another in its place. Basil would be the top choice for this drink because it's both a common thyme substitute in cooking as well as common grapefruit companion. Rosemary is another option and it's another perfect pairing for grapefruit.
How Strong Is This Drink?
- The Ketel soda is a very relaxing drink that's not strong compared to other cocktails. On average, it will mix up to 10 percent ABV (20 proof), so it's nearly the same as drinking a glass of wine.