Vodka and Limeade: Recipes for a Smooth Pairing

Vodka and Limeade

Vodka and limeade make a stellar combination whether they're used in a complex cocktail recipe or simply poured together over ice. By itself, this popular combination is one of many "highball" drinks that pair a particular spirit with a larger amount of mixer.

Vodka Limeade Highball

The simplest of vodka and limeade combinations, the recipe mixes the ingredients right in the glass.

Vodka Limeade highball

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces limeade
  • Club soda to top off
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, vodka, and limeade.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Garnish with lime wheel.

Cherry Vodka Limeade Highball

Cherry and lime are excellent partners, the differing tart flavors mixing perfectly. If you want more of a cherry kick, considering add a half-ounce of cherry liqueur or using cherry vodka.

Cherry Vodka Limeade Highball

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1½ ounce tart cherry juice
  • 2 ounces limeade
  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • Club soda to top off
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, vodka, tart cherry juice, and limeade.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Garnish with lime wheel and cherry.

Tropical Vodka Limeade Highball

Lime pairs well with other tropical citrus flavors, this recipe capitalizes on that classic match.

Tropical Vodka Limeade Highball

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces mango vodka
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 2 ounces limeade
  • Club soda to top off
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge and pineapple leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, mango vodka, orange liqueur, and limeade.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Garnish with lime wedge and pineapple leaves.

Rosemary Vodka Limeade Refresher

If you want something a bit more refreshing, this recipe really transforms the classic vodka limeade recipe with an herbaceous flavor.

Rosemary Vodka Limeade Refresher

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a highball or rocks glass, add ice, vodka, limeade, and rosemary simple syrup.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Electric Limeade

Lemonade shouldn't be the only one to have a gorgeously blue cocktail and the limeade adds a deeper flavor to this classic.

Electric Limeade

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 2 ounces limeade
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao
  • Club soda to top off
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball or hurricane glass, add ice, vodka, limeade, and blue curaçao.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Garnish with lime wheel.

Coconut Limeade

This recipe adds in coconut for a tropical flavor without the long grocery list of ingredients.

Coconut Limeade

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces coconut vodka
  • 2 ounces limeade
  • Club soda to top off
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball or wine glass, add ice, coconut vodka, and limeade.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Garnish with lime wheel.

What Is Limeade?

Limeade is a citrus drink similar to lemonade, using lime as its key ingredient. Lime is a great alternative to lemons for many cocktail recipes because it balances sweet ingredients with its tart flavor, but it doesn't have overwhelming flavor. It offers a smoother flavor with a little less pucker.

Limeade 101: A Basic Recipe

Like lemonade, limeade is pretty straightforward when making from scratch, in fact, it's a great way to use up any extra limes before they expire.

Limeade

Ingredients

  • 8-10 limes or about 1½ cups freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½-1 cup sugar, to taste
  • 5 cups water
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Club water to top off, optional

Instructions

  1. Combine lime juice, sugar, and water in a large pitcher.
  2. Stir well until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Add ice.
  4. Stir to chill.
  5. Pour into rocks or highball glass over fresh ice.
  6. Top off with club soda if desired.
  7. Garnish with lime wedge.

Once Upon a Lime

Limeade isn't often thought of, despite lime juice being a critical element in cocktails, but it's an underrated ingredient that flies stealthily under the radar. The next time you're mixing up a drink and want a simple recipe that has a world of flavors, consider a vodka limeade cocktail.

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