Vodka Soda (Skinny Bitch): Easy 2-Ingredient Cocktail [The Ultimate Guide]

The Vodka Soda (also known as Skinny Bitch) is a classic cocktail that is popular for its simplicity and versatility. Comprised of vodka and soda water, often accentuated with a splash of lemon or lime juice, it is typically served in a highball glass and garnished with a citrus wheel or wedge. This cocktail offers an effervescent, refreshing, light flavor profile, making it a popular choice for various occasions—from casual gatherings to formal events. Its neutral taste allows for diverse food pairings.

So why is it so popular?
Vodka Soda is like the “little black dress” of cocktails. Its simplicity, versatility and universal appeal have made the cocktail a timeless staple in bars and households alike.

It is also often considered a “clean” drinking option for the health-conscious who prefer fewer calories and less sugar in their libations.

Here’s your guide to the tools and steps needed for a top-quality Vodka Soda cocktail >>>

Flavor Profile

The Vodka Soda (Skinny Bitch) is an effervescent cocktail that offers a crisp, refreshing taste with subtle notes of your chosen vodka’s flavor. Its high drinkability makes it a popular choice for those who enjoy a balanced, less sugary cocktail.

  • Crisp, clean, with the character of the vodka shining through.
  • Slight effervescence.
  • Optional citrus tang.
  • High drinkability, easy on the palate and not sugary.


The foundation of a Vodka Soda (Skinny Bitch) cocktail involves a simple duo of 2 oz (60 ml) vodka and 4 oz (120 ml) soda water. Optionally, you can add 1/2 oz of lemon or lime juice, and the same amount of simple syrup.

  • Core ingredients:
    • 2 oz Vodka
    • 4 oz Soda water
  • Optional ingredients:
    • 1/2 oz Lemon or lime juice (for citrusy tang)
    • 1/2 oz Simple syrup (for enhanced sweetness)

Ingredient Alternatives

If you’re missing an ingredient, you can replace Vodka with Gin for a botanical twist, or switch Soda Water sparkling mineral water or even tonic. Fresh grapefruit or orange slices make zesty garnish alternatives to lemon or lime.

  • Vodka Alternatives: Gin, Tequila, or Rum
  • Soda Substitutes: Sparkling Mineral Water, Club Soda, Tonic
  • Garnish: Fresh grapefruit, orange, or even a maraschino cherry

Ingredient Proportions

For the most balanced Vodka Soda cocktail, aim for a 1:2 ratio of vodka to soda water. This ensures neither ingredient overpowers the other, creating a harmonious blend that pleases the palate.

  • Ratio: 1 part vodka to 2 parts soda water.
  • Adjustments: Feel free to tweak the ratio to suit your personal taste.

Best Ingredients

Because it only contains two ingredients, quality reigns supreme when crafting the ultimate Vodka Soda. Go for a premium vodka and fresh, quality soda water. If opting for citrus, freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice will elevate your cocktail to the next level.

  • Vodka: Opt for a high-quality brand; you’ll taste the difference.
  • Soda Water: Opt for a premium brand.
  • Citrus: Freshly squeezed is always best.

Tools & Equipment

To make a Vodka Soda (Skinny Bitch) cocktail, you will need a few essential tools: a jigger for precise measurements, a bar spoon for gentle mixing, and a highball glass to serve it in.

  • Jigger: For accurate pouring of vodka and other liquids.
  • Bar Spoon: Ideal for stirring without over-diluting.
  • Highball Glass: The go-to choice for serving a Vodka Soda.
  • Ice Cube Tray (Optional): Large ice cubes are better because they melt more slowly.

Preparation Steps

Crafting a Vodka Soda (Skinny Bitch) cocktail is a breeze with these straightforward steps. First, fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Pour in 2 oz of vodka, followed by 4 oz of soda water. Optional: add a splash of lemon/lime juice and simple syrup. Stir gently with a bar spoon, garnish, and you’re set!

  • Step 1: Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Step 2: Measure and pour 2 oz of vodka into the glass.
  • Step 3: Add 4 oz of soda water.
  • Step 4: Optional—add 1/2 oz lemon/lime juice and simple syrup.
  • Step 5: Stir gently with a bar spoon.
  • Step 6: Garnish with a lemon wheel, lime wedge, or any creative garnish of your choice.

Stir or Shake

The debate between stirring and shaking a Vodka Soda (Skinny Bitch) is finally settled—stirring wins. Stirring maintains the soda’s carbonation while perfectly blending the vodka. Shaking will make your cocktail go flat and can disrupt the balance.

  • Stirring: Preserves carbonation and creates a smooth texture.
  • Shaking: Not recommended; causes loss of fizz and an imbalanced taste.


Ice is more than a chilling agent; it’s integral to the Vodka Soda experience. Large, clear ice cubes are your best bet, as they melt slowly, minimizing dilution while keeping your drink icy cold.


Serving a crowd? Scale your Vodka Soda recipe proportionally. The golden 1:2 ratio of vodka to soda remains consistent. A large pitcher or drink dispenser works well for serving multiple people.

  • Ratio: Keep the 1:2 ratio of vodka to soda.
  • Equipment: Use a large pitcher or drink dispenser for bulk serving.
  • Stirring: Stir thoroughly before serving, especially when dealing with larger quantities.


The biggest mistakes with Vodka Soda (Skinny Bitch) include using low-quality ingredients and poor ratios. An overpowering vodka or flat soda can ruin the cocktail. Likewise, adding too much citrus or simple syrup can throw off the balance.

  • Quality: Don’t skimp on vodka or soda quality. If using citrus, make sure it is freshly squeezed.
  • Ratios: Stick to the 1:2 ratio for vodka to soda.
  • Overcomplicating: Simple is better; avoid adding too many additional flavors.


The visual appeal of your Vodka Soda adds that extra oomph to the drinking experience. Aim for a clean and elegant presentation, with a garnish that complements the drink’s simplicity.


A classic highball glass is the go-to for a Vodka Soda (Skinny Bitch), but for a twist, you can also use a rocks glass or even a stemmed glass for added elegance. The key is to use a glass that showcases the drink’s clarity and simplicity.

  • Highball Glass: Traditional and highlights the drink’s characteristics.
  • Rocks Glass: For a more laid-back vibe.
  • Stemmed Glass: Adds an elegant touch.


A lemon or lime wheel is the classic garnish for a Vodka Soda (Skinny Bitch). For a creative spin, consider an orange slice, a maraschino cherry, or even a sprig of mint for an aromatic twist.

  • Classic: Lemon or lime wheel/wedge.
  • Creative: Orange slice, maraschino cherry, mint sprig, or even some edible flowers.

Variations & Riffs

Popular cocktails that are similar to Vodka Soda (Skinny Bitch):

  • Vodka Cranberry (Cape Codder): Vodka and cranberry juice.
  • Rose Kennedy (VSS or Vodka-Soda-Splash): Vodka, sparkling water, and a splash of cranberry juice.
  • Greyhound: Vodka and grapefruit juice.
  • Screwdriver: Vodka and orange juice.
  • Sea Breeze: Vodka, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice.
  • Moscow Mule: Vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice.
  • Other easy two-ingredient cocktails.


The Vodka Soda cocktail is an empty canvas, offering endless avenues for experimentation.

Here are my favorite ways to dress up the Skinny Bitch cocktail:

  • Flavored soda water – experiment with artisanal sodas.
  • Flavored vodka, infused with citrus, vanilla, berry, or even herbs.
  • Flavored syrups and essences, think elderflower, berries, or even lavender.
  • Fruit juices like cranberry.
  • Bitters, such as citrus bitters, to add complexity.

Experimenting with a Vodka Soda doesn’t require a mixology degree—just a willingness to try new combinations. Remember, the best drink is one that you’ll enjoy, so don’t be afraid to get creative.

Serving Occasions

The Vodka Soda is the epitome of versatility, fitting for both casual hangouts and formal gatherings. Its lightness and refreshing taste make it a popular choice for summer parties, BBQs, and even wedding receptions.

  • Casual: Think picnics, BBQs, or a night with friends.
  • Formal: Easily classed up for weddings or corporate events.
  • Seasonal: Especially great in hot weather but good all year round.

Food Pairings

When it comes to food pairings, the Vodka Soda is a chameleon. Its neutral flavor profile makes it a great match for a range of cuisines, from spicy to savory. Think sushi, grilled vegetables, or even spicy buffalo wings.

  • Seafood: Sushi, grilled shrimp, or ceviche.
  • Grilled Veggies: Complements the smokey flavors well.
  • Spicy Foods: The fizz and chill can tame the heat.

The Vodka Soda’s adaptability makes it a cocktail for all seasons and reasons. Whether you’re enjoying it with a lavish seafood platter or simple BBQ fare, it’s the ideal beverage to elevate any occasion. 🍸🍽️

So give the Vodka Soda a whirl and share your delicious results with us on social media—I’m excited to see your take on this classic!🍸

Vodka Soda Skinny Bitch Cocktail

Vodka Soda (Skinny Bitch): Easy 2-Ingredient Cocktail

Vodka Soda (aka Skinny Bitch) is a timeless and versatile blend of vodka and soda water, accented with a splash of citrus, elegantly served in a highball glass and garnished to your liking. Perfect for any occasion calling for a crisp, clean, light, effervescent and refreshing cocktail.
Total Time 2 minutes
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  • 1 Measuring jigger
  • 1 Bar spoon
  • 1 Highball glass


  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Soda water
  • 1 slice Lime wheel/wedge (for garnish)
  • oz Lime juice (optional)


  • Chill the Glass: Place a highball glass in the freezer for a few minutes to chill.
  • Prepare the Garnish: Slice a lemon or lime into wheels or wedges for garnish.
  • Measure the Vodka: Pour 2 oz of your preferred vodka into the chilled glass.
  • Add Ice: Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Top with Soda: Add 4 oz of soda water to the glass.
  • Optional Citrus Splash: Add 1/2 oz of lemon or lime juice if desired.
  • Optional Sweetness: If you like a touch of sweetness, add 1/2 oz of simple syrup.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients together.
  • Garnish: Place your choice of citrus wheel or wedge on the rim of the glass.
  • Serve Immediately: Enjoy your Vodka Soda while it is crisp and chilled.


Calories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.04gFat: 0.01gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 12mgFiber: 0.04gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.02mg
Calories: 133kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cocktail
Keyword: soda water, vodka
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