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Here’s a winning cocktail combination: vodka and ginger ale! Try this perfect ratio for an easy and refreshing drink.

Vodka and ginger ale

When it comes to cocktails, there’s no need to get fancy with shakers or fancy syrups. In fact, some of the best drinks are just two ingredients. Such is the case with Vodka and Ginger Ale! Mix vodka with a little bubbly ginger ale and it’s pretty fantastic: no need for buying fancy liqueurs required. Here’s how to make this tasty and refreshing highball drink!

What’s a Vodka and Ginger Ale?

The Vodka and Ginger Ale is cocktail whose closest relative is the Vodka Tonic or Vodka Soda. Though it’s similar, it’s not really a relative of the Moscow Mule, which pairs vodka with ginger beer and lime. Vodka and ginger ale has a sweet, bubbly flavor with a subtle ginger finish. Here’s what to know about this drink:

  • Vodka and ginger ale is a highball cocktail that’s a mix vodka and ginger ale: it’s like a spin on the Whiskey Ginger. Serve it in a highball or lowball glass with ice, and it’s a refreshing cocktail that highlights the subtle flavor of ginger ale.
  • How is it different from the Moscow Mule? The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail that pairs the strong flavors of lime and spicy ginger beer with vodka. And of course, it’s always served in a copper mug!
Vodka and ginger ale

The vodka to use in this drink

A highball cocktail is a drink where the non-alcoholic mixer makes up a larger percentage of the drink than the alcohol. Drinks like these make it easy to cover up sub-par alcohol: this was in fact the reason that many highball cocktails were invented. All that to say: the quality of the vodka in a Vodka and Ginger Ale isn’t highly important! Don’t waste the good stuff by covering it up with ginger ale. But the ginger ale…that quality does matter.

Top brands of ginger ale

There are several types of ginger ale brands on the market. The quality does matter here, because many brands can be too sweet and make the drink taste flat. Grab one of these brands for your Vodka and Ginger Ale:

  • Q Ginger Ale: Our top choice! We like that it comes in small cans so you only have to use a little at a time. It’s also our top brand of ginger beer.
  • Fever Tree Ginger Ale: Fever Tree is made with real ginger and has no artificial sweeteners.
  • More Ginger Ale Brands: Here’s a list of more top brands.
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What’s the difference of ginger beer vs ginger ale?

Yes, you can serve vodka and ginger beer too! But that makes it closer to a Moscow Mule than a highball drink. Wondering the difference of ginger beer vs ginger ale? Here’s a break down:

  • Ginger beer is very bubbly with a strong ginger flavor and a spicy finish. It’s brewed and fermented.
  • Ginger ale is mild and mellow, and is much sweeter than ginger beer. It’s essentially a ginger-flavored soft drink.

Mixing carbonated mixers with alcohol is an ages old tradition! There are lots of spins on this concept. Once you’ve tried the Vodka and Ginger Ale, there are so many more to explore! Here are some favorite variations:

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When to serve a Vodka and Ginger Ale

Vodka and ginger ale is easy and laid back, perfect for patio sipping or impromptu parties. Try it as a:

  • Summer drink
  • Afternoon drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Before dinner drink (aperitif)
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Vodka and ginger ale

Vodka and Ginger Ale

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here’s a winning cocktail combination: vodka and ginger ale! Try this perfect ratio for an easy and refreshing drink.


  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) vodka
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) ginger ale
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)


  1. Add the vodka and ice to a glass and stir to combine.
  2. Top with the ginger ale. Squeeze in the juice from the lime wedge and serve. Garnish with additional lime wedges or wheels.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Vodka and ginger ale

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Let’s say i left this drink out without a lid for like 12 hours is it bad now? I don’t know whether or not i wasted it