Red Velvet Shortcake Cocktail

Zing Vodka's Red Velvet Shortcake Cocktail

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
195 Calories
0g Fat
26g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 195
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 34mg 170%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 101mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The red velvet shortcake is a dessert cocktail like no other. That's due to the simple fact that Zing is the only vodka available designed to taste like red velvet cake. It's not the easiest vodka to find, but whether you hunt down Red Velvet Zing or happen across it and are looking for a way to mix it, this is a fun recipe that showcases it perfectly.

Other than finding the uncommon vodka, this drink is a very easy one and plays off of the vodka's sweet taste. The mix is a simple one of muddled strawberries, vodka, lemon juice, and cream soda. The soda choice is also integral here because it plays off the sweetness wonderfully.


  • 2 large strawberries, hulled and sliced

  • 1 1/2 ounces Zing Red Velvet Vodka

  • 1 splash lemon juice

  • 3 to 5 ounces cream soda, to taste

  • Fresh strawberry, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, add the strawberry slices. Muddle well.

  3. Add the vodka and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.

  4. Strain into a chilled highball glass filled with fresh ice.

  5. Top with soda.

  6. Garnish with a strawberry. Serve and enjoy.


  • Before muddling the strawberries, be sure to rinse them well under running water. Removing the green stem is most important, though you can also hull them if you like. Slices and chunks will break down easier than whole berries.

Recipe Variations

  • If you cannot find Zing, any other cake or dessert vodka will work perfectly as a substitute. Try it with the cake-flavored vodkas from Pinnacle, Smirnoff, or UV, or pour your favorite whipped cream vodka.
  • In a pinch, vanilla vodka will do and it's easy to find at any liquor store.
  • To add a sweeter touch, rim the glass with sugar. You can even use red-colored sugar to play up that red velvet flare. If you want to get really indulgent, go with cream cheese frosting on the rim—it works on the carrot cake shot and is a lot of fun.
  • Transform this cocktail into a pitcher drink to make serving it to a group super easy. You can either muddle a bunch of strawberries in the pitcher or substitute a strawberry syrup. For a 60-ounce pitcher, use about 10 strawberries (or 4 ounces of syrup), 2 cups cake vodka, three 12-ounce cans of cream soda, and the juice of half a lemon. Add ice, stir, and adjust to taste.

How Strong Is a Red Velvet Shortcake?

Sweet vodkas are typically bottled at 70 proof, a little lower than clear vodkas. That means this is going to be a low-proof cocktail. On average, it should mix up to 8 percent ABV (16 proof), falling right between beer and wine.