Review: Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind Vodka

Review: Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind Vodka

My tamarind fandom is well documented, so naturally when Smirnoff released a tamarind-flavored vodka, I was ready to give it a try. This bottling was originally exclusive to Mexico, where the tamarind is king, but recently it arrived in the U.S., complete with a spooky glows-under-black-light label.

As cool as the label is, it’s the spirit — a clear vodka which features natural and artificial flavors — that I couldn’t get my mind around.

The nose is indistinct but somewhat evocative of tamarind, with a distinct medicinal character underneath and a strong note of linens hanging on the line. On the palate, things take a sharp turn: A surprising punch of sweet and sour sauce hits right away, quickly followed by a hot cayenne note. The sharp tanginess is overwhelming, as is the fieriness — but the combination of the two makes for an experience that is just plain weird. Both mouth-puckering and pungent, I could only manage a few sips before I had to call it a night.

70 proof.


Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind 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. Cortney on October 24, 2022 at 11:42 am

    Please try this with a splash of lime juice and some ginger beer because it is AMAZING!! A huge upgrade to a typical Moscow mule. So delicious. 10/10!!

    • Kyle B on July 18, 2023 at 3:19 pm

      Try grapefruit juice instead shaken with a bit of chomoy and sprinkled with Habanero Tajin.

  2. Felicia Fette on December 16, 2022 at 7:11 am

    I tried it, expecting to like it, but the taste was …awful! I like tamarinds as well as spicy stuff too, so I assumed I’d like the combo. But sadly, not even a little bit. Blah!

    It’s like of glike how I like real cherries and watermelon, but not many cherry- or watermelon -flavored treats and drinks.

  3. Jo on December 27, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Hear me out. Pair it with grapefruit soda. I use Fresca because it’s 0cal, but my sister likes Squirt. It tastes just like tamarind candy!

  4. John on November 25, 2023 at 11:17 am

    That shit tastes like what I would imagine cleaning fluid to taste like.

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