Review: Vampyre Vodka and Vampyre Red Vodka

Review: Vampyre Vodka and Vampyre Red Vodka

Surely anything called Vampyre Vodka can’t be very good, right? Anything that preys on a pop culture joke like the undead, I mean, can’t be a serious spirit, can it? Vampyre Vodka even comes in a blood red edition — and if you need me to explain the gag to you, you are reading the wrong blog — it’s gotta be a big gimmick, doesn’t it?

Not so fast, Lestat. I put both versions of Vampyre to the test (hey, it is almost Halloween) and was frankly shocked by the quality of the spirits. Both vodkas are 80 proof, triple-distilled in England (from what I’m still checking — UPDATE: It’s wheat), and really quite smooth. With the so-called Vampyre Clear, there’s a hint of almond and medicinal fragrance at first, then a little kick of sweetness, then a very smooth finish. Amazing to sip, and it works well in all manner of cocktails.

Vampyre Red is really just a blood red version of the original. The taste is nearly identical, with just perhaps with a touch more sweetness in the red version, likely a by-product of all the artificial coloring used to make it so crimson. I even tried them blind to see if I could tell them apart: I could (at least, I guessed right), but again the difference was barely perceptible until you open your eyes. Note however that the red can be a real mess. Be careful if you’re mixing with it, because it will stain anything you get it on. Just like actual blood, I suppose.

Gimmick or no, these are both quite good spirits in their own rights. Plus, it should go without saying, Vampyre Red is a perfect mixer for your Halloween cocktailing needs.

P.S. Note that you’ll often find Vampyre Vodka listed as Vampire Vodka online — even on the company’s own website (though Vampire (with an I) is also the name of the parent company, confusing matters greatly). Either way you see it, you’re getting the same product.

Both: A- / $23 / 

Vampyre Red Vodka




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. jacqueline sage on May 15, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    i wantto order it how do i go about it

  2. Rick Rage on September 26, 2009 at 6:26 am

    I have tried this myself, and it is not a disappointing drink it goes down real smooth.

  3. Alex on November 29, 2009 at 7:05 am

    2 ounce shot of the Red + Rebull= Vampire Bite.

    Just bought a bottle of the red yesterday after burning through most of the fifth at the bar with a friend, due to them not wanting it anymore and being out of absolute (wtf) I guess thats what I get for living in a small town.

  4. joe on March 12, 2010 at 8:09 am

    i have never before spat out booze until i tried this shit i recomended that no one ever drink this crap ever

  5. Vlad Vamp on April 26, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Vampyre Vodka is incredibly smooth and is the ultimate choice for a real Bloody Mary! You can find it at Cheers!

  6. cindy on September 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm


  7. AlFin on March 18, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Honestly, I feel corny admitting I love this stuff, but it’s quite wonderful. I prefer it over Tito’s and Grey Goose, very smooth. I wouldn’t say it really has much of a taste and the burn is more of a seductive smolder.

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