3-Ingredient Vodka Drinks – 4 Ways

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These 4 simple vodka drinks are made with just 3 ingredients each. Everyone needs these 3 ingredient vodka drinks in their back pockets for the next gathering!

four different easy simple vodka drinks made with just three ingredients each, lined up in tall clear glasses.  The first glass is filled with ice, soda, lemon, and mint. the second has smashed berries, soda, and ice. The third is a red juice with orange slices and ice. The last is lemonade with lemon slices.  Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com

Making drinks at home doesn’t have to be complicated! In fact, you can make these 4 simple vodka drinks with just 3 ingredients each, and one of the ingredients is vodka!

Choose your favorite from this menu for your next dinner party or holiday get-together, or stock the bar with a few different vodka mixers and be able to make any one of them on a moment’s notice.

I put together 4 incredibly easy mixed drinks with vodka that only take 3 ingredients, including the vodka. Chances are, you could whip up a drink within the next 30 seconds with one of these recipes!

You’ll also want to check out my 3 Ingredient Margaritas and delicious Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail recipe.

Why You’ll Love These Vodka Drink Recipes

  • They are all super easy to make! You don’t need a shaker or a blender to make these simple 3 ingredient vodka drinks, just some ice, some tall glasses, and your ingredients.
  • No exact measuring is required. You’ll want to measure the vodka to be sure that you aren’t under or over-pouring, but the other mixers are just poured in to fill up half of the glass. Bartending is really that easy!
  • You’ll find a recipe here for any occasion. I love these vodka drinks in the summer on a hot day, but they’re also completely suitable for winter, fall, or spring too.
a tall glass of vodka with ginger and lemonade. fresh ginger and thinly sliced lemons are in on the counter.  In the background is a bottle of tito's vodka. Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com

For each of these super simple vodka drink recipes, add ice to a glass, then fill the glass in the order that the ingredients are listed. Give a quick stir and serve!

Ginger Lemonade Vodka Drink

Ginger beer gives this cocktail a bright, spicy kick!

  • 1/2 glass lemonade
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • ginger beer, to top
easy vodka drink with mint and lemon lime soda in a clear footed glass on a ceramic coaster. Other drinks are in the background along with a bottle of tito's vodka and sliced lemons.  Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com

Citrus Mint Vodka Drink

Fresh mint goes so well with lemon and vodka. Use a wooden cocktail muddler to get all of the essential oil out of the leaves before adding in the other ingredients.

  • 4 mint leaves, muddled in glass
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • lemon lime soda, to the top of glass
vodka, oj, and cranberry juice cocktail in a tall clear glass with 2 orange and white straws. To the right is a black and white checked towel. Behind the drink is a sliced orange, a bottle of vodka, and two other vodka drinks.  Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com

Vodka with OJ and Cran

Another name for this easy cranberry orange vodka cocktail is a Madras, which sounds very fancy and fun!

  • 1/2 glass of orange juice
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 glass of cranberry juice
a tall clear glass of vodka with ice, soda and fresh muddled berries. The drink is garnished with fresh raspberries and blackberries.    in the background is a bottle of titos vodka and a sliced lemon. Photo Credit: Cindy Gordon of HappyFoodHealthyLife.com

Citrus Berry Vodka Drink

Mash your favorite berries in the bottom of your glass. This drink works with strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, or blueberries. A mix of berries is my favorite though.

  • 1/2 cup mixed berries, mashed in bowl or bottom of cup
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • lemon lime soda, to the top of glass

Insider Pro Tips

  • Don’t forget the ice. If you’re having a party, be sure to plan ahead to have enough ice to make drinks for everyone. Sometimes I put one of the guests in charge of bringing extra ice too – just in case.
  • Have fun! Making vodka drinks is very easy as long as you don’t take anything too seriously. Add an ounce of vodka to a glass with ice and fill the glass with your favorite mixers.
  • Chill the vodka. This isn’t entirely necessary, but it does make your drinks extra cold and delicious.
  • Get Creative! Vodka mixes well with so many things. Try making a Manmosa with orange juice, vodka, and beer, or a sweet and tasty Key Lime Pie Shot.

How to Sweeten Vodka Drinks

What I love about these 3-ingredient easy Vodka Drinks is that they are already sweetened by one of the mixers, so there’s no need for any additional sugar or sweetener. 

Of course, if you come across a drink that could use more sweetener, but you don’t want to add sugar, I suggest the addition of my Stevia Simple Syrup. I try to always keep some in on hand to add to drinks that need just a little more.


There are seriously so many options here. To me, vodka is one of those universal liquors where just about anything goes. Any soda (if you’re into soda). Any juice. Any sports drink. Really anything goes as a good mixer for vodka.

How much vodka you add to a drink depends on a couple of things. One – how big is your drink? When making a vodka drink for myself, I will generally start with one shot, give it a stir, and then try it out.

If it feels weak, by all means, add another half a shot or a whole one. 

If you enjoy soda, Sprite or any lemon-lime soda is a good option as a vodka mixer. Fruit-flavored sodas are perfect for a sweeter taste (orange, grape, cherry, etc). Mixing Coke with vodka works as well, but just know that you’re really not going to be able to taste the vodka (which I’m totally cool with). Most people like to mix Coke with whiskey or rum.

Other Mixer Options for your vodka drinks that aren’t soda:

  • Ginger beer (uh, hello Moscow Mule!)
  • Lemonade
  • Cranberry Juice (vodka cran is one of my favs!)
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Grapefruit Juice (like in my Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail)
  • Fresh lemon juice (it makes a mean Vodka Sidecar!)

What is the best Vodka?

If you go to the liquor store and start looking for vodka, you’ll see that there are a lot of options. You may end up overwhelmed and unsure which bottle to pick. 

Let me help! A few of the best vodkas that I go for:

  • Grey Goose – SUPER smooth!
  • Belvedere
  • Absolut (a great budget-buy with a ton of flavor varieties)
  • Skyy

Another one of my favorite mixed vodka drinks is my ever-popular Lightened Up Starburst Cocktail – with the use of whipped cream vodka, it tastes just like my favorite candy… It’s pretty much a Pink Starburst Shot!

Lightened Up Pink Starburst Cocktail - a health-conscious skinny drink that tastes just like a Pink Starburst - and lots of tips for keeping your drinks light

Also, I’m pretty sure you and I should be putting a couple more simple vodka drinks on our menus this summer – I’m for sure putting Lisa’s Pink Lemonade Vodka Punch on repeat all summer long. I’m thinking this Grapefruit Salty Dog from The Cookie Rookie needs to join the party as well!

Vodka not your thing? Check out one of my favorite Low Calorie Whiskey Drinks.

3-Ingredient Vodka Drinks (4 Ways)

a collage of four different easy 3 ingredient vodka drinks.
Learn to make 4 simple vodka drinks made with just 3 ingredients each! Easily prepare for any gathering or occasion with these easy drinks made with vodka.
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


Ginger Lemonade

  • 1/2 glass lemonade
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 glass ginger beer

Citrus Mint

  • 4 mint leaves muddled in glass
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 glass lemon lime soda

OJ Cran

  • 1/2 glass orange juice
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 glass cranberry juice

Citrus Berry

  • 1/2 cup mixed berries mashed in bowl or bottom of cup
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • lemon lime soda to top of glass


  • For each drink, pour ingredients into glass, stir lightly, and enjoy immediately.



  • Don’t forget the ice! If you’re having a party, I suggest planning ahead to be sure that you have enough ice to make these tasty vodka drinks for everyone. 
  • Adjust the amount of vodka to your preference. 1 ounce is the standard amount per drink, but you can also make yours weaker or stronger. 

We’ve recently updated the photos for these easy vodka drink recipes! Here are the old ones if you want to see how far we’ve come.

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  1. 5 stars
    I just tried the 3-Ingredient Vodka Drinks from this blog post, and I’m absolutely impressed! Each of the four variations offers a unique and delightful flavor profile, making it hard to choose a favorite. The simplicity of using just three ingredients is brilliant yet yields such sophisticated tastes. These recipes are perfect for when I want to mix up a quick but impressive drink for friends or a relaxing evening at home. A fantastic resource for anyone looking to expand their cocktail-making skills with minimal fuss!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to try out the 3-Ingredient Vodka Drinks, Samantha! We’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed the simplicity and variety of flavors in each of the four variations. It’s wonderful to know that they have been both impressive and easy to make, perfect for gatherings or a relaxing evening. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we’re thrilled that these recipes could add to your cocktail-making repertoire. Cheers to many more delightful drinks!

      With warm regards,
      The HFHL Team 🍸🌟

    1. I totally agree. Cocktails aren’t something I actually plan ahead for. When mama wants it now, mama gets it now 😉