Take Ketel One‘s standard wheat-based, pot-distilled vodka from Holland and add some orange distillate. You now have Ketel One Oranje, a clear spirit at 80 proof with the Cosmo croud distinctly in mind.
Ketel One Oranje is old-school orange-flavored vodka, meaning it’s more bitter than sweet. Oranje is orange peel all the way, and it’s definitely a mixer. Anyone drinking this on the rocks will find it closer to an after-dinner tonic than a fruity libation fit for the beach.
That said, I enjoy Oranje’s pedigree and its authenticity. This is an honest orange-flavored infusion, in the end. It’s just not a very versatile one.