When it comes to cocktails, it doesn’t get much simpler than a classic vodka tonic. It’s a great option for poolside sipping on a hot summer day.
With really simple recipes like a vodka tonic, the quality of ingredients is critical. Use a good vodka and a good tonic water. We like to use this tonic water. For vodka, it depends on the situation. Our favorites for a crisp, refreshing vodka tonic on a hot day would be Absolut or Grey Goose. For evening cocktails we would typically lean toward Hangar 1 or Ketel One. We always garnish our vodka tonic with a lime wedge.
We try to avoid using plastic barware when at all possible. We’re definitely guilty of sneaking glassware into the pool (and even champagne flutes into a hot tub). We’ve been surprised with the options for outdoor barware showing up in stores lately. We recently found these and immediately bought a set. We choose white, but they come in all different fun colors! We also wouldn’t be embarrassed to serve guests poolside cocktails out of these, these, or these.
Clayton threw on one of his favorite whimsical printed swimsuits and we headed down to the pool with vodka tonics to work for the afternoon. Unfortunately, his bears are no longer made, but he picked out a few from this season’s collection that he liked here, here, and here. We love this set of [non]-glassware for the pool, and we don’t have to worry about breaking. Check out our other poolside cocktail options here, here, and here.
- 2 oz vodka
- tonic water
- Cut limes into wedges.
- Pour 2 oz vodka into a large tumbler or old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Top with tonic water. Garnish with lime wedge and serve.