The Long Vodka is very popular in Scotland, and now beginning to catch on in other parts of the world.
Lemon-lime and bitters is often the drink of choice for designated drivers, and a Long Vodka is basically the alcoholic version of this simple yet refreshing cocktail.
Unlike the non-alcoholic version, however, the Long Vodka Cocktail recipe calls for Tonic Water instead of lemon-lime soda or lemonade. This takes the sweetness out of the drink and allows the taste of the Bitters to really come to the fore.
Bitters were originally developed as a cure for digestive ailments, and haven’t lost their age-old ability to soothe an upset stomach. There is always a small amount of alcohol in all brands of Bitters, but the amount of Bitters added to a drink is negligible. The alcohol helps to dissolve the botanical extracts which lie at the heart of the distinctive flavour of Aromatic Bitters, and also acts as a preservative.
Bitters now come in a variety of flavours, including such delicacies as orange, chocolate and peach. No well stocked bar, however, should be without the original Aromatics which are used in dozens of classic cocktails.
Here’s what you’ll need for your Long Vodka Cocktail:
- 45ml Smirnoff Red Label Vodka
- 120ml Tonic Water
- Juice of ½ a Lime
- 3 drops of Agostura Bitters
- One slice of lime and one of lemon to garnish.
- Pour three drops of Agostura Bitters down the side of a tall glass.
- Rotate the glass gently so that the Bitters coat all sides evenly.
- Add two or three ice cubes.
- Pour in the measure of Vodka.
- Top off with Tonic water.
- Squeeze in the juice from ½ of a lime.
- Garnish with a slice each of lime and lemon.
- Tall glass