|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 14g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 11g|
|Vitamin C 15mg||75%|
|*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.|
The vodka collins is a simple, refreshing, and popular mixed drink. Made with vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda, it's really just a sweet and sour vodka soda (and just as easy to mix up). The quick but charming cocktail is a perfect happy hour choice for vodka drinkers, and its clean, crisp taste makes it ideal for dinner.
This recipe follows the formula common in the collins family of drinks: spirit, sour, sweet, soda. It's nearly identical to the Tom Collins (gin) and the John Collins (whiskey) and simply uses vodka as the base spirit. If you want to stick with proper names, this recipe is also called a Joe Collins, though that name is rarely used.
While almost any vodka will do, this drink is rather transparent. It will only be as good as the liquor you pour—there's no way to hide a less-than-stellar vodka choice. That said, you don't have to overthink this. Any of the popular premium vodkas are good options. Choose wisely when it comes to budget-friendly vodkas; they're not all worthy of clear drinks like the vodka collins.
How to Make a Vodka Collins Recipe
"Like the Tom Collins, the vodka collins is a symbol of simple and pristine refreshment. Using vodka instead of gin makes this version more streamlined, it's like a sparkling lemonade with a kick. But that's a bad thing. Use fresh juice and measure your ingredients so the balance of sweet and tart is on point." —Tom Macy
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup, 2:1 ratio
3 to 5 ounces club soda, to taste
Orange slice, for garnish
Maraschino cherry, for garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a collins glass filled with ice cubes, pour the vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir thoroughly.
Top with club soda.
Garnish with a orange slice and cherry. Serve and enjoy.
- Fresh-squeezed lemon juice is highly recommended. Half of the average lemon should yield enough juice for one drink.
- Adjust the sweet and sour proportions to find the taste that best suits you.
- Add a splash of flavor by switching to your favorite flavored vodka. Any fruit flavor works well, though it's not the best drink for whipped cream and other sweet vodkas.
- Eliminate the lemon juice and simple syrup and use 1 1/2 ounces of a homemade sour mix instead. Limoncello is another interesting substitute for the two ingredients.
- Give the vodka collins an herbal twist by infusing the syrup with herbs. Lavender, mint, or rosemary syrup are all excellent choices.
- For a sugar-free cocktail, skip the sweetener and enjoy a lemon-kissed vodka soda or switch to a sugar-free syrup.
- Try the ultra-refreshing cucumber collins with cucumber, lime, and mint.
- The almost a collins is filled with flavor, mixing blood orange juice and soda with cinnamon syrup.
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. As the average 6-ounce drink, it's rather light with an alcohol content in the 9 percent ABV (18 proof) range. That places it between beer and wine.