This refreshing recipe for a Vodka Collins cocktail is perfect for citrus season! Vodka, fresh orange & lemon juice, simple syrup plus a splash of club soda is all you need for the perfect cocktail.

A cocktail glass with vodka collins garnished with an orange slice and a mint sprig.

***This post was originally published on Dec 2015. It has been updated to be more helpful.

Vodka Collins Recipe

Looking for a refreshing vodka cocktail? Try a Vodka Collins! It’s perfect for happy hour drinks, or water it down and it could be a brunch drink too.

Besides Tequila, Vodka is definitely my next favorite hard liquors. It mixes great with many juice and it makes for a GREAT cocktail. For the most part, it’s easy to find, can be inexpensive, and is easy to flavor with other ingredients.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • You only need simple ingredients to make this recipe. No fancy mixes!
  • It’s a no fuss cocktail. Mix everything together and poor it over ice. It’s easy and fool proof.
  • Tips on what to make ahead for a large crowd!
Two cocktail glasses with a clear drink garnished with an orange slice and a mint sprig.

Ingredients

There are no complicated ingredients or liquors and most likely you have everything you need at home already. Amounts included in the full recipe card below.

  • Vodka
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Simple syrup 
  • Club Soda

Don’t forget the garnish! When serving your collins, don’t forget to garnish your drink with fresh fruit or fresh mint. It will take your cocktail to the next level.

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How To Make Vodka Collins

  1. Add all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some crushed ice.
  2. Shake for about 15 seconds and it’s ready to serve!

You do need a cocktail shaker like this but if you don’t have one, don’t despair! Just add all ingredients in a tall glass, stir well and pour over individual glasses. Easy peasy!

A cocktail shaker with a cocktail mix of orange and lemon juice.

What To Serve With Vodka Collins

Any of your favorite munchies will do. If you’re looking for some new ideas, try it with fresh Pico de Gallo, Tinga tostadas, and maybe even some baja fish tacos!

I have no doubt you will impress your guests with this easy to make cocktail! 

A cocktail glass with a clear drink garnished with an orange slice and a mint sprig.


Chef’s Tips and Notes

The key is fresh juice!

Nothing beats the flavor of freshly squeezed lemon & orange juice for this Vodka Collins cocktail. It doesn’t require a large amount of fresh juice so you will not spend a lot of time prepping prior to make a couple of cocktails.

Storage And Make Ahead Tips

Since this is such a simple drink to prepare, make individual drinks right before serving. You can squeeze the lemon and orange juice before and keep it cold in the fridge. Make sure both the vodka and club soda are chilled as well and you have lots of ice.

Hosting a party? Keep the juices in a pitcher in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Two cocktail glasses with vodka collins garnished with an orange slice and a mint sprig.
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Two cocktail glasses with a clear drink garnished with an orange slice and a mint sprig.

Vodka Collins

Servings 2 glasses
Ana Frias
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
This delicious recipe for a Vodka Collins cocktail is perfect for citrus season! Vodka, fresh orange & lemon juice, simple syrup plus a splash of club soda is all you need for the perfect cocktail.
2 glasses

Ingredients  

  • 1.5 oz 1 standard shot Vodka
  • 3 oz Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1.5 oz Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Simple syrup or more to taste
  • Club Soda

Instructions 

  • Fill glasses with crushed ice.
  • In a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients.
  • Shake for about 15 seconds.
  • Pour mixture into glasses and garnish with oranges, lemons, mint or your preferred garnish

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Nutrition

Serving: 2cocktails | Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 18g

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

The person behind Muy Delish Cocktails!

My husband perfected this recipe so I can’t take the credit for it. I think he’s becoming the official mixologist behind Muy Delish! He has perfection a few others and I always look forward to his creations.

Vodka Collins Cocktail in two tall glasses garnished with an orange

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