What To Mix With Vodka When You Have Nothing

What To Mix With Vodka When You Have Nothing

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you're in the mood for a delicious vodka cocktail, but your pantry is practically empty? Fear not! We have the perfect guide for you. In this article, we’ll discuss some creative ways to mix vodka when you have nothing else at hand. You might just discover a new favorite drink!

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1. Vodka and Tap Water

While this might not sound like the most exciting drink, it is a great way to enjoy a refreshing, ice-cold vodka, especially if you have a high-quality brand. Fill a glass with ice and add equal parts cold tap water and vodka. Stir well and serve. You can also add a squeeze of lemon or a pinch of salt if you happen to have these ingredients around, but that's optional.

2. Vodka and Soda

A plain soda from your fridge or pantry can be an excellent mixer for vodka. Most people have a can of soda lying around, and it can create a simple yet enjoyable drink. You can mix vodka with Coke, Sprite, ginger ale, or any other soda you may have. Just fill a glass with ice, pour equal parts vodka and soda, stir, and enjoy.

3. Vodka and Coffee

If you're in need of a caffeinated kick, try mixing vodka with your morning coffee. Pour a shot of vodka into a cup of hot or cold coffee, depending on your preference. If you happen to have milk or cream, feel free to add that too. You'll end up with a strong and delicious cocktail that can act as a pick-me-up anytime of the day.

4. Vodka and Orange Juice

You might have some orange juice in your fridge, so why not make a classic Screwdriver cocktail? Just mix equal parts of vodka and orange juice in a glass filled with ice, and you have a refreshing drink that's perfect for any occasion. If you want to make it even tastier, you can add a splash of grenadine to make a Tequila Sunrise-like concoction.

5. Vodka Infusions

If you're feeling adventurous, infusing your vodka with different flavors can be an exciting option. Just take the items you do have – fruit, herbs, spices, or even pickles – and infuse the vodka with them. Put your chosen ingredients in a jar, fill it up with vodka and let it sit for few hours or days to fully infuse. Then, you can enjoy your customized flavored vodka with ice, neat or with your choice of soda. Some suggested infusions are:

  • Vanilla bean
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Lemon or lime peels

What To Mix With Vodka When You Have Nothing Example:

Vodka Tap Water Spritzer

You're craving a refreshing vodka drink, but all you have is vodka, tap water, and an ice tray. Let's make the most of what we've got!


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz cold tap water
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge or lemon slice (optional)


  1. Fill a highball or any tall glass with ice.
  2. Add the vodka and cold tap water to the glass.
  3. Stir well to combine the water and vodka.
  4. If you happen to have a lime wedge or lemon slice, add it to your drink for a touch of citrus flavor.
  5. Enjoy your refreshing Vodka Tap Water Spritzer!

Now that you know how to get creative with vodka, even when it seems like your cupboards are bare, there's no excuse not to experiment. Maybe you'll find a new favorite cocktail along the way! If you found this guide helpful, be sure to share it with your friends and explore the other vodka-focused articles on Vodka Doctors. Cheers to making the most of what you have – and discovering new recipes in the process!


About Ferdynand Scheuerman

Ferdynand is Vodka importer, exporter and specialist with over 30 years of experience in the Vodka industry. He knows the subtle in's & out's of Vodka. Spending most of his time discovering new brands, new blends and new cocktails.

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