Vodka Citrus Spritzer

Ah, happy hour, one of my favorite times of day.  Okay seriously, I'm not a lush, but I do enjoy a cocktail after a particularly dreadful day at work.  When I was in my 22 year old body and dancing the night away I would order my vodka with cranberry and orange juice.  Now that I'm in my 29 year old body and like to spend my evenings in, ahem, quieter atmospheres, I've had to cut the sugar.  I'd like to introduce you to my go-to evening libation, the Citrus Spritzer.  I know it's not as girly-twirly as the pink drinks with fruit slices you see on the cover of drink menus but, believe me, it's delicious.

1/4 oz Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice
1 1/2 oz Smirnoff Citrus vodka
any berry flavored seltzer water


  1. Add Roses's Lime to a small measuring cup.    
  2. Add vodka to measuring cup on top of Rose's Lime.  
  3. Add four ice cubes to a standard size 8-10 ounce rocks glass.  
  4. Pour lime and vodka mixture over ice.  
  5. Fill glass with berry seltzer water.  
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy!  
1 tsp of Rose's Lime has 2 carbs.  This stuff is really sweet so I never
need a whole teaspoon but if you want a little bit more sweetness you
can add more as long as you count those carbs.  

I cannot tell you how often I pull out this tiny measuring glass.  It is
awesome for cocktails and spices.  It goes to 4 ounces and also has
Tablespoon and teaspoon measurements on the other size.  If you don't
already have one I highly suggest you pick one up.  

The great vodka debate: Sometimes I make this drink with Black Cherry
Grey Goose and it's also very good.  But who wants to keep buying
$40 bottles of vodka when you can get this one for $13?  

I love Amelia Seltzer.  They have all kinds of fun flavors like raspberry
lime and peaches and cream.  


  • Here's the deal with lime juice: fresh is best.  The juice of a medium sized lime has about 1 carb, which is very low.  That being said, there is no way in h-e-double-hockey-sticks that I'm making fresh lime juice every time I want a cocktail.  If I remember to pick up limes at the store, great.  Once you cut a lime it doesn't have a very long shelf life, so I often end up throwing half a lime away.  I always keep some Rose's on hand for those occasions.  
  • Any berry flavored seltzer water will do in this recipe.  Normally I make my own with my Soda Stream, but I picked up a bottle of Amelia Seltzer for the sake of this post.  You can find these flavored soda waters at your grocery store right next to the regular soda.  


  1. I'm going to have to make this one. Maybe tomorrow after I do my huge shopping trip followed by a huge freezer meal cooking session. A cocktail while I cook for hours would be fabulous!

  2. That's when I usually have it too. Come home, walk dogs, fix a cocktail + cook dinner + listen to music in the kitchen.