Vodka Sunrise

Vodka Sunrise A refreshingly light cocktail with lemon soda and vodka that is perfect for lazy summer days.

When the dog days of summer arrive, which I know are just around the corner, some of the cocktails that we usually drink just seem a tad too heavy for the heat. I have to admit that we have already had some of those days here in South Florida and we’ve been sipping on Key Lime Pie Martinis and Cucumber Mojitos but I can attest to the fact that this Vodka Sunrise fits right in with these summer sippers.

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It is a delightfully light and tangy cocktail that cools you off and quenches your thirst at the same time. When I thought about coming up with a refreshing drink, the first thing I thought of was lemonade but, mind you, I didn’t want just any lemonade! Upon spying an Italian lemon soda (Bibita Authentica Italia) in Whole Foods I knew that it would put my idea over the top. And I have to say, modesty withstanding, that it worked out fantastically well. Now I’m already thinking ahead to making drinks with their other flavors, Blood Orange, Pomegranate and Tangerine. Don’t they sound like they’ll hit the spot?

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When I had my husband try this cocktail he said it reminded him of a Bay Breeze, a drink made of a combination of vodka, cranberry and grapefruit juice. And he was right, the lemon soda definitely lends a similar tangy, citrusy taste similar to that of the grapefruit. He said it just might become a favorite of his and I could make it again any time I wanted. I want!


Vodka Sunrise

Serving Size: Makes 1.

Vodka Sunrise


  • 5-oz Italian Lemon Soda or Sparkling Lemonade
  • 1-1/2 oz. vodka
  • Touch of cherry juice
  • Garnish: Lemon slice


  1. Fill a tall glass with ice and a slice of lemon if desired.
  2. Pour in lemon soda. Add vodka & lightly stir.
  3. Add a touch of cherry juice for color and garnish edge of glass with lemon slice.

I’d love to know what your favorite cocktail is for the hot summer days ahead? 

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Linda is a wife, mom and grandmother with a background in marketing and exercise. She attributes her creativity and love of cooking to her mom and grandmother who were always willing to let her lend a hand in the kitchen. Linda currently resides in South Florida, where she raised two children with the help of her wonderful husband. She loves living in sunny Florida with its abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood that are available year round. She even has her own banana, mango, orange and key lime trees right in her backyard. Linda started her blog, 2 Cookin’ Mamas, with her daughter Christina after the birth of her first grandchild.When Linda is not happily cooking away in her kitchen she loves traveling, the perfect inspiration for new recipes, sipping wine, photography, reading, then working it all off walking, jogging or practicing yoga.

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