Review: Pucker “Grape Gone Wild” Flavored Vodka

Review: Pucker “Grape Gone Wild” Flavored Vodka

The Pucker brand of liqueurs has been with us for years — you can’t make the infamous appletini without its Sour Apple — and now Pucker is making its way into flavored vodkas, too: Higher proof level, clear spirit instead of day-glo, spiked with natural flavors.

We tasted the “Grape Gone Wild” version — three others are available: apple, citrus and cherry — to see how the company was making the great leap forward into the world of flavored vodkas.

Results: If you like candy, you’ll love Pucker Flavored Vodka. The grape flavor is Jolly Ranchers all the way — Concord grape jelly with an extra teaspoon of sugar on top. The candy store aroma fills the room when the bottle is opened.

Give Pucker some credit though, for all the tooth-aching sweetness, it has managed to make a flavored vodka with no bitter, medicinal finish, always a problem when the “flavored” part makes its exit and the “vodka” (often the rotgut stuff) inevitably takes hold. Pucker Vodka doesn’t have any real bite or funk to it, the finish more like one of your better cough syrups than Robitussin.

That’s a good thing, right?

70 proof.

B / $17 / 

Pucker "Grape Gone Wild" Flavored 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. cange on May 19, 2011 at 8:26 am

    It seems that for every bottle of booze designed to appeal to Don Draper, 20 are designed for Lolita.

  2. know more boutbooze on June 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    you lost all credibility with this review.
    pucker? really?

    let me know when you put alize on here.

  3. Christopher Null on June 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I’ve reviewed Alize as well. We have a pretty open door policy and this is just another flavored vodka in the end.

  4. Bert v on June 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Would you recommend this vodka to a non hard liquor drinker?

  5. Fuck Off on July 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    $17 dollars for a little bottol is stupid!

  6. Miz Watts on September 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    This stuff is YUMMY!

  7. TAMMY on September 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm


  8. Dana on February 10, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Actually… Pretty damn good! I’m not just some jackass amateur, I’ve been a bartender for 14 years. Most of those years spent working in the French Quarter, New Orleans. The review is spot on. If you don’t like it, don’t drink it, but the review is accurate.
    I know…. Pucker, blah blah blah.
    We don’t even carry any of the puckers at my bar, but it works. It’s decent vodka, and the flavor is VERY ‘grape jolly rancher’. I’m not normally into this fruity, fly off the cuff stuff, but they did a good job on this vodka. I could see mixing the grape with 7 or soda, and a little chambord for a really tasty cocktail.

    These guys aren’t in the market to create super high quality vodkas that are distilled and filtered 8 times, but they do know how to make a creative drink additive. What we have here is just that. Take it for what it is. I like it. Would I drink it every day? Probably not. Is it useful to the cocktail world, a definite yes. It’s incredibly difficult to get that prized real estate on the shelves of bars, especially when we have SO many vodkas to choose from. I wish them luck. Good job so far. I still have yet to try the citrus & cherry.

    My personal opinion, is “I like it”. When it comes down to it, you, or me, or anyone else – That’s all that matters.

  9. spyder on September 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    My wife loves this stuff, mixes it with diet 7 up. I have a huge garage bar, we have all the flavors from pucker.
    Thanks for a decent review. Check out my home bar!

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