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Simple Lime White Claw Cocktail Recipe with Vodka

If you’re a Millennial, chances are you’ve had a White Claw (or at least have seen them at a social gathering). This alcoholic sparkling water seemed to become an instant hit overnight, and for a while, it was almost impossible for stores to keep this brand on the shelves.

Due to its popularity (and the fact that my fiancé has also jumped on the White Claw train), I thought it was time to make a simple White Claw cocktail recipe to see if I could enhance this drink. 

What is a Lime White Claw Cocktail?

A white claw cocktail involves using your favorite white claw flavored drink (we’ll be using the lime flavor) and mixing it with a variety of ingredients to create a fun mixed drink. A White Claw is basically made up of seltzer water, citrus, and alcohol.

A can of White Claw seltzer placed beside a glass of lime White Claw cocktail that has a straw and a slice of lemon on its glass

In making this cocktail, we’re going to play to those strengths by adding ingredients that enhance the current flavors.  

Our Approach to a Lime White Claw Cocktail

For this cocktail, we chose the lime-flavored White Claw. Overall, it’s a pretty refreshing drink, so we want to make sure that we continue to add flavors into the drink that will keep it refreshing. The #1 mistake you can make with a light drink like a White Claw is turn it into a heavy drink. 

Since this spritzer is flavored with lime, we’re going to keep to the lime and citrus theme as we choose our ingredients to add in. Additionally, I thought it would be fun to play off of the color green. While the White Claw itself is actually a clear-flavored drink, limes are obviously green, so I wanted to find a way to get a little creative with this!

What Makes a Good Cocktail with Lime White Claws

On its own, White Claws have a very mellow flavor (they’re essentially sparkling water with alcohol). In order to make a good cocktail with this drink, you really need to reinforce the flavor of the White Claw. 

Hand pouring a can of White Claw seltzer on a glass mixture that has a slice of lemon on its rim

In our case, we chose the lime-flavored one, so we want to focus on that and add more lime and citrus flavorings to the drink. If we chose the raspberry claw, we’d pivot and focus on other berry flavors to add to the cocktail

Technique for Making this Lime Cocktail

When it comes to making chilled citrus drinks, you want to shake rather than stir when combining all of the ingredients. This is because it better distributes the citrus throughout the drink.

Pairing Ideas

Since this cocktail is focused on the lime flavor, the following foods would work well with it:

Tools Required

A bottle of Midori, White Claw seltzer, lime and vodka placed together on a table

As with most cocktails, this requires very minimal tools: 

  • Shaker
  • Knife
  • 2 glasses (this recipe will make 2 servings of the cocktail)
An aerial shot of a lime White Claw cocktail

Lime White Claw Cocktail Recipe with Vodka

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lime white claw
  • 2 shot Midori
  • 2 shot vodka
  • 1 whole lime
  • 1 handful of ice

Instructions

  1. Pour Midori and vodka into shaker
  2. Cut the lime in half 
  3. Slice 1 full circular round of the lime, no more than ¼ inch thick - this will be used to garnish the drink
  4. Juice the lime into shaker
  5. Fill your glass ¾ full with ice and pour into the shaker
  6. Shake 10 times
  7. Pour evenly into the 2 glasses
  8. Top each glass with White Claw
  9. Garnish with lime and enjoy responsibly

Nathaniel Lee is an avid cook, drawing on his decades of home cooking and fine dining experience. With inspirations like Alton Brown and Gordon Ramsey, Nathaniel focuses on simple processes to make amazing food.