The Inspiration Behind the Vodka Press
The Vodka Press is an underrated drink that deserves more attention. This simple and delightful cocktail can be enjoyed on any occasion and never fails to disappoint. But have you ever wondered how it got its name?
The term “press” in Vodka Press is borrowed from a whiskey drink called “Presbyterian.” Additionally, any drink made with equal parts 7Up and soda water is commonly referred to as a “press.” The modern version of the Vodka Press replaces ginger ale with vodka, resulting in a refreshing twist.
What Makes the Vodka Press?
Creating a Vodka Press requires just two key ingredients, but you can always add your own personal touch:
Vodka: The star of the show is undoubtedly the vodka. While plain vodka works perfectly in this recipe, feel free to experiment with flavored vodka. For the best results, opt for a high-quality brand like Tito’s Handmade Vodka or indulge in a Grey Goose Press.
7UP / Sprite / Lemonade: To add fizz and a hint of sweetness to the cocktail, you’ll need a carbonated lemon-lime soda like 7UP or, if you’re in the UK, lemonade.
Soda Water: Whether you prefer soda water, club soda, or seltzer, make sure to choose a brand with a balanced level of saltiness.
Garnish: Enhance the Vodka Press with a burst of flavor by adding fresh lime slices, a lime wedge, or mint leaves. These garnishes provide a refreshing and citrusy touch. Alternatively, a lemon twist works beautifully as well.
Essential Tools for Making the Vodka Press
You won’t need a fancy cocktail shaker for this recipe. Instead, gather a jigger, a barspoon, and either a highball glass or a rocks glass if you prefer a smaller serving. Fill the glass with plenty of ice cubes, pour in 2oz of vodka, followed by equal parts 7UP and soda water. Finish off your creation with lime wedges and fresh mint leaves. Cheers to a fantastic drink!
🍸Top Tip(le): The possibilities for variation with the Vodka Press are virtually endless! Here are a few ideas to inspire your taste buds:
- Replace 7UP with cranberry soda for a rich and fruity twist.
- Add a splash of grapefruit juice to infuse the cocktail with a citrusy touch and a beautiful blush pink color.
- Swap out club soda for sparkling citrus water, incorporating the fresh flavors of lemon, lime, and oranges. Garnish with lemon wheels, an orange slice, or a slice of lime.
- Experiment with different vodka flavors, such as cucumber vodka, which adds a subtle and refreshing taste to the drink.
- For a delightful twist, try a Grapefruit Vodka Press by using a quality Grapefruit Vodka.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where Can I Find More Vodka Recipes?
Looking for more vodka-based concoctions? Here are a few of my personal favorites:
- How to Make the Cherry Vodka Sour
- How to Make the Vodka Sunrise
- How to Make the Vodka Sour
- How to Make the Black Cow Vodka Martini
- How to Make a Bloody Mary
- How to Make the Espresso Martini
- How to Make the Zeo Dry Martini (non-alcoholic)
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Where Can I Find Ingredients for Vodka Press Cocktails?
You can easily find all the necessary ingredients at Spirits Kiosk (10% off the entire site by quoting this code: ALushLife10SK) in the UK, or Drizly (Get $5 Off Your Order of $20+ using code ALUSHLIFE5) in the USA!
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