Tall, Refreshing, and Easy Vodka Collins Cocktail

Vodka Collins Cocktail
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
148 Calories
0g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 148
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 639mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 11mg 1%
*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 Vodka Collins is a simple, refreshing, and popular mixed drink. It is a nice drink when you feel like enjoying your favorite vodka in a long, slow cocktail.

In keeping with the formula of the John and Tom Collins, the Vodka Collins is a sweet and sour drink topped with club soda. While collins drinks vary by base spirit, using everything from gin to whiskey and beyond, this recipe opts for the obvious.

It mixes up quickly and is the perfect happy hour drink for drinkers who love a little vodka from time to time.


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 splash of club soda
  • Garnish: orange slice
  • Garnish: maraschino cherry

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Pour the vodka, lemon juice, and syrup in a collins glass with ice cubes. Stir thoroughly.

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  3. Top with club soda.

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  4. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.


  • Choose your vodka. While almost any vodka will do, this drink is rather transparent and it will only be as good as the liquor you pour into it. That said, you will find that your best Vodka Collins will come from a good vodka.
  • Any of the popular premium vodkas are good options.
  • Choose wisely when it comes to budget-friendly vodkas; not every one is worthy of clear drinks like this.
  • Add a splash of flavor by pouring one of your favorite flavored vodkas. Any fruit flavor works well, though it's not the best drink for whipped cream and other sweet vodkas.
  • You will find that the Vodka Collins is an ideal test drink for exploring new vodkas.
  • Take the sour mix shortcut. You can eliminate the lemon juice and simple syrup in this recipe and use a housemade sour mix instead. In either case, you can always adjust the sweet and sour proportions to find the taste that is perfect for your palate.

How Strong Is the Vodka Collins?

You can make the Vodka Collins as tall or short as you like by adjusting the amount of club soda. On average, a 6-ounce drink will create a rather light mix with an alcohol content of around 9 percent ABV (18 proof).

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