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Review: Absolut Brooklyn Vodka

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.

80 proof.

B / $24 (1 liter) / absolut.com

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Christopher Null

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

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  1. Bill Connelly May 30, 2010

    Um, maybe I’m just being stupid, but what does red apple and ginger have to do with Brooklyn?

  2. Eric G May 30, 2010

    does it come in a 40 oz size?

  3. Trob May 31, 2010

    I would assume the apple is in reference to The Big Apple. The ginger part I have no idea about.

  4. Anonymous June 2, 2010

    The apple has to do with ‘The Big Apple’ and the ginger represents the spicey Brooklyn attitude

  5. Linda September 6, 2010

    What do you mix with this to make a decent drink


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