Best Mixers for Vodka Cocktails and Drinks

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Looking to enjoy a drink but don’t know what mixers for vodka to use? Check out our list of the best mixers for vodka for 2023!

This list includes popular options like soda and juice, as well as some lesser known mixes that will really elevate your vodka drinking experience. Whether you’re looking for something sweet or sour, we’ve got you covered. So check out our list and start mixing!

Here are the 23 Best Mixers for Vodka:

1Orange Juice

Orange Juice Mixer Vodka Screwdriver

Orange juice is one of the most popular choices as a vodka mixer, and there’s undoubtedly a good reason for that. Using fresh juice will add a sweet and fruity taste to your vodka that is hard to resist!

Plus, it is super easy to find and an affordable choice, so it’s perfect if you’re entertaining lots of guests. A vodka and orange juice cocktail is known as a screwdriver, and it can contain more than the two main ingredients, but it’s not necessary to add any extra ingredients if you don’t want to.

This simple two ingredient cocktail with a bit of ice will give you the perfect fruity drink. To finish the drink off, you can add a piece of orange to the glass or drink as a garnish for the perfect Screwdriver.


2Cranberry Juice

Vodka Cranberry Juice Drink Cocktail Mixer

Cranberry juice is an excellent vodka mixer if you’re looking for something sweet and tart to mask the strong alcohol taste. A vodka cranberry is a highly popular cocktail for any occasion.

Plus, cranberry juice boosts immunity and contains lots of vitamin C. Of course, the vodka makes it a lot less healthy, but it’s still better than drinking sugary soda.

To make a vodka cranberry, you should:

  1. Place some ice in a glass.
  2. Pour a shot of vodka into the glass.
  3. Fill the rest of the glass with cranberry juice.

You can also add some lime juice for a bit of tartness if you don’t want it to be too sweet. Plus, adding lime as a garnish is an excellent way to complete this classic cocktail. This is truly one of the best vodka mixers.

3Tomato Juice

Bloody Mary Drink with vodka Tomato Juice Mixer

Tomato juice is another one of the best vodka mixers and is really delicious if you’re a bloody mary-lover.

If you’re looking for a sweet mixer, tomato juice won’t be the right choice. But if you’re looking for something a little different, you should give this one a try.

Here is one way you can mix tomato juice with vodka:

  1. Place some ice in a standard drinking glass.
  2. Add in a shot of vodka.
  3. Pour in the tomato juice.
  4. Add Worcestershire sauce (optional).

As you may know, Worcestershire sauce is a popular addition to the bloody mary cocktail, so you can add it in if you’d like. The Worcestershire sauce adds a sour and spicy flavor to the drink.

4Tonic Water, Club Soda, Soda Water, Or Sparkling Water

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We group these mixers into one category because they are all very similar with only small differences. They are all tasteless mixers that are carbonated and will add some fizz or bitterness to your vodka drink.

Most people associate tonic water with gin, but it goes surprisingly well with vodka. A vodka tonic is perfect if you’re looking for a bit of everything because—gives hints of sweetness and tartness.

Here is a simple way to make a vodka tonic:

  1. Place some ice in a standard drinking glass.
  2. Add a shot of vodka.
  3. Pour in your tonic water of choice.
  4. Add some lemon or lime juice for some extra flavor.
  5. Garnish with lime if you wish.

This simple combination also known as a vodka soda or vodka tonic makes this a popular happy hour cocktail.

If you would like to take your vodka soda to the next level, then check out our delicious Vodka Press Recipe Here.

5Lemon Lime Soda

Lemon Lime Soda Mixer

Lemon lime soda goes perfectly with vodka and can completely mask the smell and taste of alcohol if you use enough of it. The two best brands to mix vodka with are Sprite or 7UP. With Sprite being our preferred go-to soda.

Generally, there is no need to mix anything else in with vodka and Sprite—it tastes perfect just as it is. The only thing you should add is some ice to keep it cool and fresh.

To mix Sprite with vodka, all you need to do is:

  1. Add some ice to your glass.
  2. Pour in a shot of vodka.
  3. Fill the rest of the glass with Sprite.
  4. Add a piece of lime as garnish (optional).

In addition to adding lime as a garnish, you could also squeeze some lime juice into the drink to give it a bit of a kick.

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Coca Cola Soda as a Best Mixer for Vodka

Coca-Cola is another popular choice as a vodka mixer. Although some may say you shouldn’t mix dark mixers with light alcoholic drinks like vodka, this isn’t true in this case—Coca-Cola is a perfect mixer for vodka!

It adds some much-needed sweetness and carbonation to vodka, so if it’s sweetness that you’re looking for, you should give it a try. Like with other mixers, you can add lime as a garnish. Alternatively, you can add some lime juice to the drink to add tartness and extra taste to the cocktail.

Mixing vodka and coke is super easy:

  1. Place some ice in your glass.
  2. Measure out a shot of vodka and pour it into your glass.
  3. Fill the rest of the glass with Coca-Cola.
  4. Add lime juice for some tartness and a piece of lime as garnish.

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7Red Bull

Cold Vodka and Energy Drink Cocktail with Ice Red bull Mixer

Although Red Bull is commonly mixed with Jagermeister, it’s also a popular drink to mix with vodka. Since Red Bull is light, fizzy, and refreshing, it adds plenty of freshness and taste to vodka and provides a kick of caffeine. Because of its distinctive flavor, there’s no need to mix anything else with this cocktail (other than ice).

So, if you need a quick pick me up give a vodka Red Bull cocktail a try!


Vodka Cocktail with Kahlúa Mixer

Kahlúa is a coffee-flavored liqueur that has a distinctive character and can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with other drinks. It’s made with Arabica coffee beans, rum, and vanilla bean, resulting in a smooth and rich flavor.

One of the most famous vodka drinks that is made with Kahlúa is the Black Russian. To make this drink, you’ll need:

– ½ ounce vodka

– ½ ounce Kahlúa

Simply combine the vodka and Kahlúa in a glass with ice. If you want to make one of the most well known vodka cocktails, you can add a splash of cream to make it a White Russian.

9Diet Cola

Diet Cola Cocktail as a Mixer for Vodka

Whether you’re on a diet or not, diet cola is another excellent vodka mixer. You can mix it in the same way you would mix Sprite and regular Coca-Cola. The main benefit of using diet cola is that it contains no calories, so you don’t have to worry about too much weight gain or sugar.

Vodka often contains fewer calories than many other alcoholic drinks, such as rum, gin, and beer. Mixing diet cola with vodka is the best way to make a low-calorie yet tasty alcoholic beverage.

10Fruit Punch

Fruit Punch Cocktail

Fruit punch is an excellent mixer for vodka, particularly if you’re entertaining guests. You can either buy fruit punch from the store or make your own at home. No matter how you do it, it’s sure to taste fresh, sweet, and summery.

Fruit punch will add some much-needed sweetness to your vodka, which helps to mask the strong alcohol flavor. And with fruit punch, you can be creative! When making your own, you can add in whatever fruits you want. If you’re buying some at the store, there are bound to be different flavors you can choose from.

Minute Maid is an example of a juice and fruit punch company with many options. But feel free to use fresh fruit juice to make fruit punch at home.

To mix fruit punch and vodka for a party, follow these simple steps:

  1. Get a large bowl or pitcher for the fruit punch (a pitcher is better because it’s easy to pour from).
  2. Pour a shot of vodka into the glass.
  3. Pour in some fruit punch.
  4. Pour in some other juices and soda (optional).
  5. Give guests ice when serving drinks.


Lemonade Cocktail Drink Mixer for Vodka

Vodka and lemonade is a tasty summery combination, but you can enjoy it at any time of the year! The lemonade will add a layer of sweetness and tartness to the drink, giving it a new variety of flavors. You can mix lemonade in with vodka by itself or add some fresh juice (or lime) to enhance the taste further.

To make a vodka lemonade drink, you can follow these tips:

  1. Place some ice into a standard 12-ounce (340.19 g) glass.
  2. Pour a shot of vodka in with the ice.
  3. Pour in the lemonade.
  4. Garnish with some lime or add lime juice (optional).

12Grapefruit Juice

Grapefruit Juice Cocktail with Vodka Mixed in

Grapefruit juice and vodka make a great combination. The grapefruit can add sweetness or tartness to a drink, depending on the one you choose.

The juice itself is a rich source of vitamin C, making it not only a tasty mixer, but also a healthy choice!

Since grapefruit juice isn’t carbonated, you may also want to add some soda water. This will give it a fizzy taste and texture, making it feel like a soft drink. You can also add some lemon or lime to add further flavor, but this is optional.

Here’s how to make this delicious cocktail:

  1. Pour some ice into a standard 12-ounce (354 ml) glass.
  2. Pour a shot of vodka into the glass.
  3. Add in the grapefruit juice.
  4. Add some soda water for added carbonation (optional).
  5. Add some lemon or lime to enhance the taste (optional).

13Apple Juice

Apple Juice Cocktail

It may sound odd, but apple juice is a tasty mixer for vodka. Of course, many other mixers are probably tastier, but this one’s worth a try. It might even end up being your favorite vodka mixer!

If you decide to mix apple juice with your vodka, you don’t have to worry about adding extra ingredients. But if you want, you can add some cinnamon or even maple syrup for some delicious sweetness. Lemon juice is also a popular choice in this drink combination, but it’s up to you whether you want to add any extras.

Here are some tips on how to mix apple juice with vodka:

  • Pour a shot of vodka into a standard 12-ounce (340.19 g) glass with ice.
  • Pour in the apple juice.
  • Add in some cinnamon to add some sweetness (and spice) to the drink.
  • Use lemon juice to enhance the flavor further.

14Pineapple Juice

Pineapple Juice Mixer for Vodka Cocktail

There are many juices in this article, and it’s because juices add so much flavor to vodka that it’s hard not to include them. Pineapple juice is an example of yet another juice you can mix with vodka to create a tasty beverage that’s hard to resist.

Like the other juices in this article, this juice also has many health benefits. Although vodka isn’t healthy, drinking pineapple juice will give you a little health boost. If you want to try it, you can add some ice, vodka, and pineapple juice into a glass and drink it as is.

But you can also add some soda water for some fizziness or lemon for a refreshing drink and some extra tang.

15Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale

Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer Mixer Cocktail Vodka

Ginger ale or beer isn’t for everyone, but it could be an excellent mixer if you enjoy the taste. Ginger beer and vodka together is commonly known as a Moscow mule and is best-served ice cold in a metal cup if possible.

All you need for a Moscow mule is ginger beer, vodka, lime, and ice. Here’s how to mix ginger beer with vodka:

  1. Pour some ice into your glass or cup.
  2. Add in a shot of vodka.
  3. Pour in the ginger beer.
  4. Add some lime juice.
  5. Garnish the drink with a piece of lime.

You might be wondering if ginger beer is alcoholic. Despite its name, ginger ale and beer are alcohol-free, so you don’t have to be concerned about adding additional alcohol to your vodka drink!

16Lime or Lemon Juice

French 76 Cocktail Closeup of Drink

Lime and lemon juice are excellent additions when using other mixers, but you can also use them as the central mixers. This is best for people who like a more pungent alcoholic taste with some tartness instead of sweetness.

You would generally make this drink in a martini glass because it will be strong—both in alcohol content and taste. To add some sweetness, you can add in some simple syrup, which is just melted sugar and water.

Ice isn’t necessary with this mixer, but you can add some. Here is how to use lemon or lime juice as a mixer with vodka:

  1. In a martini glass, pour in some vodka.
  2. Squeeze in the juice of a lemon or lime.
  3. Add simple syrup for sweetness.

Just remember that using fresh ingredients will make for the best cocktail!

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Coffee and Espresso Martini Cocktail with Vodka

When thinking of vodka mixers, coffee probably doesn’t come to mind. Well, coffee is an interesting and excellent vodka mixer choice, and it will undoubtedly give you a rush of energy if you pair it with alcohol. You can make a shot of espresso and then add it to your vodka with some ice to cool it down.

You can add some coffee liqueur if you’d like, but it’s not necessary. If the taste of coffee is too overpowering, you can add some cream to the drink to balance the taste. Using coffee as a mixer is excellent for coffee lovers looking to have a tasty alcoholic beverage while enjoying the intense flavors of a fresh brew.

Coffee and vodka make a good morning or after dinner drink.

18Apple Cider

Apple Cider Cocktail

Apple cider is an unsweetened beverage made of apples and has an acquired taste, so not everyone will be a fan of this as a mixer for vodka. But if you like apples and apple cider, you might love this drink!

It’s best to mix the apple cider with some other ingredients to make the drink as tasty as possible. Here is an easy way to mix apple cider with vodka:

  • Place some ice in a standard drinking glass.
  • Add a shot of vodka.
  • Add some apple cider and fig jam by mixing them first.
  • Pour in some sparkling water.

The fig jam will add a nice level of sweetness to the cocktail, while the soda water will add some much-needed carbonation. This drink is perfect for a fancy party thanks to the rich fig and apple cider flavors.

19Grape Juice

Grape Juice Mixer to Make Vodka Cocktail

Grape juice is sweet, so it’s great to mix in with vodka if that’s what you’re looking for. You can make grape juice at home by blending grapes, water, and sugar. Alternatively, you can buy some in the store.

You can drink vodka with grape juice with nothing else if you want. However, you can make the drink even tastier by adding a few additional ingredients, including:

  • Club Soda for carbonation.
  • Lime juice for added taste.
  • Grapes to garnish.

Using these additional ingredients will give a kick to the flavor and make the cocktail that bit more tasty and enjoyable. Plus, grape juice is known to have some health benefits, such as lowering the chance of blood clots and improving/maintaining heart health.

20Orange Soda

Orange Soda Crush Cocktail with Vodka

Orange soda (such as Fanta) is an excellent mixer for vodka. Since it’s carbonated, you don’t have to worry about your drink tasting flat. On top of that, it adds plenty of orange sweetness to the vodka, giving it a real kick!

This drink recipe is super simple because—you don’t need any added ingredients. You only have to put a shot of vodka in an ice-filled glass and pour in your orange soda of choice. You’ll barely taste the vodka, and you’ll undoubtedly want to drink more once you’re done!

21Flavored Water

Flavored Water Used as a Best Mixer for Vodka

Flavored water is a great option if you want to cut down on sugar but still enjoy some sweetness in your drink. Flavored water comes in all types of fruity flavors, so you’re sure to find one that you like.

To mix flavored water with vodka, simply pour a shot of vodka into a glass of ice and top it off with your flavored water. You can also add a slice of lemon or lime for extra taste. And if you want your drink to be extra refreshing, add some mint leaves!

22Crème de Cacao

Crème de Cacao Cocktail Grasshoper

Crème de cacao is a chocolate-flavored liqueur that can be used in all sorts of cocktails. It’s made by combining chocolate with either rum or brandy. And while it’s not as sweet as some other mixers on this list, it still has a lovely chocolate flavor that goes great with vodka.

If you want to mix crème de cacao with vodka, simply combine equal parts crème de cacao and vodka. You can either pour them both into an ice-filled glass or mix them together in a shaker first. And if you want to get really creative, try adding some coffee or mint liqueur to the mix!

23Iced Tea

Iced Tea Best Mixer for Vodka

Iced tea is a popular refreshing summer drink, and it makes one of the best mixers for vodka. If you want to make iced tea at home, simply brew some tea and let it cool. You can then add ice, lemon, and sugar to taste.

Final Thoughts


Vodka is a versatile liquor that can be mixed with all sorts of different drinks. And while some people might think that vodka is best served neat, there are plenty of delicious cocktails that can be made by using the best mixers for vodka from this list.

So, if you’re looking for a new vodka drink to try, be sure to check out some of the options on this list. From fruity drinks to chocolatey concoctions, there’s sure to be a mixed drinks that you’ll love!

Do you have a favorite mixer for vodka? Let us know in the comments below!


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