My goal was to find a combination that stayed true to the beautiful simplicity of this drink and its three ingredients, but that overcame the dull flavor. I found the secret is in the vodka. My local purveyor of spirits has an entire wall dedicated to the simplest of grain alcohols, the number of brands and flavors is incredibly overwhelming, so I focused my search on the citrus flavored options as I felt they would stay most true to the drink while adding some complexity of taste without sacrificing ease of concoction. I hope to deeper immerse myself in this wall of flavors in hopes of finding some truly unique flavor combinations, but for the time being the cocktail made in my house for the fair maiden desiring a vodka soda will be the following.
Start with an ice filled glass; add two ounces of orange vodka. I like Three Olives Rangtang, the name is awful, but the taste is unmatched (try it by itself on the rocks). Add three ounces of club soda and squeeze a wedge of lime. In the spirit of simplicity the drink is complete here, but muddling a slice of clementine in the glass adds another nice subtle flavor (a clementine slice is also a nice garnish). Serve this to the next woman who asks for a vodka soda and you will be remembered as the person who re-awakened her taste buds and gave new life to her go-to drink.
2 oz orange flavored vodka
3 oz club soda
Add vodka and soda to an ice filled glass with a wedge of lime.