Vodka Collins
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Vodka Collins
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The Vodka Collins is a refreshing, effervescent cocktail that finds its roots in the family of Collins drinks, characterized primarily by a spirit, lemon juice, sugar, and soda water. In ... more The Vodka Collins is a refreshing, effervescent cocktail that finds its roots in the family of Collins drinks, characterized primarily by a spirit, lemon juice, sugar, and soda water. In this variation, vodka provides a clean, crisp base that blends seamlessly with the tartness of the fresh lemon juice and the sweetness of the sugar syrup. Traditionally served in a highball glass, the drink is garnished with a cocktail cherry and an orange slice, giving it a citrusy aroma and a charming presentation. As a lighter cocktail option, the Vodka Collins is beloved for its simplicity and its ability to be enjoyed on a wide range of occasions, from casual gatherings to more formal events.
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Cocktail cherry, orange
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8% | 2.4 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

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The Vodka Collins strikes a harmonious balance with its straightforward, clean flavors, making it a hit for those who appreciate a cocktail that's both refreshing and uncomplicated. The vodka's neutrality maestros the limelight to the zesty lemon juice and subtle sweetness from the sugar syrup, while the effervescence of soda water adds a delightful sparkle, creating a drink that's as invigorating as it is delightful at any social occasion.

Method
How to make a Vodka Collins

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients except the soda water into a shaker with ice
Shake well then strain into rocks-filled highball glass
Top up with soda water as desired, garnish with a cocktail cherry and an orange slice and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Highball  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

FAQ

What is the ideal type of vodka to use for a Vodka Collins?

For a Vodka Collins, it's best to use a high-quality, smooth vodka that blends well without overpowering the other flavors in the cocktail. Brands that are well-filtered and offer a clean taste are ideal, though personal preference plays a significant role. Whether you opt for a premium or a more budget-friendly brand, ensure it's one you enjoy the taste of.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another type of citrus juice for lemon juice in a Vodka Collins?

Yes, you can substitute other citrus juices for lemon juice in a Vodka Collins to suit your taste preferences or simply to experiment with flavors. Lime juice is a popular alternative, offering a slightly different tartness. Orange or grapefruit juice can also be used for a sweeter, milder twist. Keep in mind that the overall flavor profile of the cocktail will change with each substitution.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Vodka Collins?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version of the Vodka Collins, often called a Virgin Collins, can easily be made by omitting the vodka and occasionally adding more soda water or a non-alcoholic spirit substitute designed to mimic the flavor profile of vodka. This adjustment maintains the refreshing qualities of the cocktail while making it accessible to those avoiding alcohol.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I adjust the sweetness of my Vodka Collins?

To adjust the sweetness of your Vodka Collins, you can vary the amount of sugar syrup to taste. If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, add more sugar syrup incrementally until it matches your preference. Conversely, if you find it too sweet, reduce the quantity of syrup or add a bit more lemon juice to balance the sweetness with sourness.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to serve a Vodka Collins to preserve its carbonation and freshness?

To preserve the carbonation and freshness of a Vodka Collins, it should be served immediately after mixing. Prepare it in a shaker with the vodka, lemon juice, and sugar syrup, then strain it into a highball glass filled with ice, topping it off with soda water. The key is to add the soda water last to maximize fizz. Moreover, using fresh ice and cold ingredients helps keep the drink cool without diluting it too quickly.

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