Here are the best club soda cocktails to make with this bubbly mixer! There’s something for everyone, from classic drinks to modern spins.
Got a bottle of club soda? This carbonated beverage has been used in cocktails for hundreds of years. In fact, the first club soda was commercially available in the 1830’s! Club soda is carbonated water infused with added minerals, which give it a salty or lightly sweet flavor.
There are so many club soda drinks to choose from, whether you want to mix up a classic cocktail or just a simple wine spritzer! The list below includes lots of classics, like the Mojito, Tom Collins, and more. Everything’s better with a little bubbly! Many of the recipes below call for “soda water,” which is interchangeable with club soda (though it’s not technically same thing…keep reading!).
One of the most famous club soda cocktails of them all? The Tom Collins! This nostalgic classic cocktail that’s about as classic as it gets! This tall highball drink is a gin sour, a sweet and sour drink made with gin. The first recipe for a Tom Collins was published in 1876, so it's got a long history.
Ingredients: Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda
Another drink vying for top club soda cocktail? The Mojito! This iconic Cuban drink is one of the greats, popularized by Ernest Hemingway in the 1930's. Here’s a recipe for it that’s spot on perfection: not too sweet, bubbly, and minty fresh. It has less sugar and more nuance than what it’s become in bars and pre-made mixes.
Ingredients: Mint, white rum, simple syrup, club soda
Another classic club soda drink? The Gin Rickey! This classic cocktail was born in the 1880s and has been popular ever since. And for good reason: it’s tangy, bubbly, and irresistibly delicious. If you love a Vodka Soda or a Gin and Tonic: this is the drink for you! There’s no frills: just a classy classic highball.
Here’s a club soda cocktail that’s light, refreshing, and goes down easy: the Vodka Soda! Cousin to the Vodka Tonic, the vodka soda is even more tart and refreshing. Just lime, vodka and club soda make the best hydrating combination! Bonus: it’s a low calorie cocktail, because it’s essentially just watered down vodka.
Another popular club soda cocktail? The Gin Fizz! The first printed recipe for a gin fizz was in an 1876 cocktail book, and the drink rose to mass popularity starting in the 1900’s. It’s a textbook sour cocktail that includes citrus, liquor and sweetener. An egg white is the magic behind that classic frothy foam topping!
Ingredients: Gin, lemon, simple syrup, egg white, soda water
Here’s a refreshing club soda cocktail that’s so easy, you only need 1 minute. Yes, it really is that simple: meet the Tequila Soda! Cousin of the Vodka Soda and Gin Rickey, this drink pairs tequila and soda water for a refreshing, bubbly highball cocktail. It’s one that’s perfect for sipping on the patio, or to mix up when impromptu visitors drop by.
A Southside is a classy cocktail made with mint, lemon, lime, and gin.The best way to describe it? A Mojito with gin! The Fizz version of it adds...you guessed it, club soda! It’s similar to a Tom Collins, but with lime and mint. The oldest known printed recipe called “Southside” was from 1917.
Ingredients: Gin, lemon juice, lime juice, mint, club soda
Here’s a refreshing way to drink your favorite whiskey: the classic Whiskey Highball! This two-ingredient cocktail originated around the turn of the 20th century and it’s still popular to this day. Why? It’s so easy to make: no cocktail shakers or fancy ingredients required! The whiskey highball initially combined Scotch whiskey with soda water, called “scotch and soda.”
A wine spritzeris a drink made with wine and soda water (aka club soda), that originated in Austria. Diluting wine with water started back in the 19th century, as a way to make bubbly wine. The name comes from the German word “spritzen,” meaning “to spray.” Try one of the wine spritzer recipes below!
You can also make a spritzer with vodka: try this bubbly and fruity Vodka Spritzer! It’s just sweet enough with a subtle berry flavor: tangy, refreshing and sparkling all at once. That’s cranberry juice that makes the brilliant red color, but it’s 100% juice so it’s tart and crisp instead of saccharine.
Ingredients: Vodka, club soda, cranberry juice, simple syrup, strawberries, lemon
The spritz is also a club soda cocktail: and different from a spritzer all together! The spritz was invented back in the 1800’s in Italy as a way to water down sparkling wine by mixing in…well, water! It wasn’t until the 1950’s that the Aperol spritz took the form it has today, with Aperol, club soda and Prosecco. Bubbly, citrusy, herbal, subtly bitter and lightly sweet…it’s the most classic bubbly mixed drink of them all. You can also make a spritz with other types of liquor.
If you love bubbly spritzes, run don’t walk to try the Hugo! This Italian cocktail is a spin-off on the Aperol spritz and even better, in our opinion. It’s made with delicate floral elderflower liqueur and bubbly Prosecco, which compliment each other perfectly.
Ingredients: St Germain elderflower liqueur, Prosecco, club soda, mint
Ranch Water has become so popular, it deserves a mention here! Essentially a tequila highball made with lime juice and club soda (or really, Topo Chico sparkling mineral water if you're a purist). It’s like a bubbly, lighter version of the classic margarita, with all the tangy lime but less sweetness and booze.
Ingredients: Tequila, club soda or Topo Chico, lime
Here’s another classic club soda cocktail that’s perfect for summer afternoons: the Americano! It’s the original inspiration for the Negroni and is even better, in our opinion. It’s bitter, complex and bubbly all at once! Starring Campari and vermouth, it’s both sophisticated and carefree at the same time.
Here’s a 1980’s club soda cocktail with a name that makes it sound deceptively potent: the Mind Eraser! This it’s a bubbly and refreshing coffee cocktail, beautifully layered in a glass. Essentially a fizzy Black Russian, it’s also fairly low alcohol for a cocktail. For all its bravado, it’s really not about to erase your mind…unless you drink several of these, which we find impossible given the high sugar content.
There are several carbonated beverages that are popularly used as drink mixers, in club soda cocktails and beyond. What’s the difference between club soda vs seltzer? What’s tonic water? Here’s what to know:
Seltzer, aka soda water or sparkling water is carbonated water with no additives, carbonated by injecting carbon dioxide (CO2). It’s the base for brands like La Croix, or what comes out of a SodaStream. Sparkling mineral water is made with water from a mineral spring, like Perrier or Topo Chico.
Club soda is carbonated water infused with added minerals, which give it a salty or lightly sweet flavor. Additives you may see in club soda are potassium sulfate, sodium chloride, disodium phosphate, or sodium bicarbonate.
Tonic water is carbonated water with added quinine and sugar. It was first sold in the 1850’s as a way to drink quinine, prescribed at the time to fight malaria. It tastes sweet and bitter, and is used in many cocktails like the gin and tonic. (Here’s more about tonic water.)
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