The latest Spike Lee joint has nothing to do with the movies but with vodka: Absolut’s latest entry into its city-themed series of limited edition spirits. Lee worked with Absolut to come up with the flavors infused into this vodka, and worked on the design of the bottle, which features an iconic “stoop life” scene of a Brooklyn brownstone, presumably waiting for residents to take up occupancy with an Absolut cocktail in hand.
This fourth installment in the city series isn’t quite as exotic with its flavorings, which have included black pepper (New Orleans), acerola (Los Angeles), and black tea (Boston), but it may be the most readily accessible vodka of the bunch to date. Flavored with red apple and ginger, this is a fruity and expressive spirit.
That said, it hardly cries out with complexity. The nose of this vodka (supplied as a sample by Absolut) comes across like the kids’ apple juice, and the ginger component is really only hinted at. The finish is long but on the saccharine side, not so much apple but applesauce.
This might work better in a cocktail — as all the city-themed Absoluts do — but despite my complaints, it’s actually palatable on its own. Not harsh, not medicinal, and definitely something they’d drink in Brooklyn. Queens too, probably.
B / $24 (1 liter) / absolut.com