Replacing gin, this vodka cocktail is a refreshing re-do of the classic 1860’s drink.  It’s the perfect refreshment for a warm spring evening or to use up whatever hootch you stockpiled for quarantine or to use as hand sanitizer.

Look, I get it.  We are in the midst of stressful times – coronavirus, the economy, the uncertainty, self-isolation, quarantine.  Its scary stuff. The ‘what-ifs’ are enough to want to drown your fears in a bottle of alcohol. Please don’t. It won’t help and will leave you feeling ill, maybe even depressed.

A Vodka cocktail of vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda. This Vodka Tom Collins is then garnished with a lemon slice and a maraschino cherry.

However, one delicious cocktail to enjoy at the end of the day, hopefully with someone you love, is a lovely way to do a bit of ‘self-care’.  I can even justify that using freshly squeezed lemon juice, full of Vitamin C is immune boosting. Make it something to look forward to – a time to stop, sit and appreciate what you DO have right now.  

Everyone is making a ‘quarantini’ cocktail these days.  While I love the idea and humor if it, some of the concoctions use Energen-C products as mixers.  I can’t bring myself to even try them.

Thus, a vodka cocktail is my solution.


Obviously, we start with vodka.  

Then pour in lemon juice, or whatever citrus is your favorite and some kind of sweetener.  I like making a simple syrup, which is 1 cup of water and ½ cup sugar that is boiled together until the sugar dissolves.  Store this in your refrigerator and use it in cocktails, iced coffee, or iced tea.

Finish your cocktail with a splash of club soda, tonic water, or even Sprite or 7-up.  You may want to eliminate or reduce the simple syrup.

A Vodka cocktail of vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda. This Vodka Tom Collins is then garnished with a lemon slice and a maraschino cherry.


  • Play with the alcohol used.  Gin and tequila are obvious choices, but whiskey, rum, or brandy would also work well.
  • Try flavoring the simple syrup with herbs like rosemary, basil, or even lavender by steeping the fresh herb in the syrup while you cool it off.  This adds a ‘craft cocktail’ flair to your drink.
  • Any citrus will work – lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit.  Splash in a bit of other juice as well to change it up a bit.  Cherry juice, cranberry, or blueberry juices would be tasty.


Here are a few more recipes to get you through our ‘social distancing’:



  • Author: Eats By The Beach
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 1 1x


A refreshing vodka cocktail to use up the vodka stockpile you thought you could use as hand sanitizer.  Vodka, lemon juice, soda, and simple syrup makes a light, delicious libabtion.



2 ounces Vodka (or tequila or gin)

1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ ounce simple syrup

Club soda


In a shaker that is filled with ice, pour in the vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup.  Shake until the outside of the shaker feels icy.

Strain into a tall glass that is half filled with ice cubes, top with club soda.  Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a slice of lemon.

  • Category: Starter - Cocktails
  • Method: Shake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vodka cocktail, Tom Collins recipe, cocktails, Happy hour

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