Flavored Vodka

Flavored vodka is simply vodka to which artificial or (increasingly) natural flavor has been added. This category exploded in popularity in the early 2000s as consumers looked for easy ways to make simple vodka drinks (such as vodka and a mixer) more interesting and flavorful. While the earliest vodka flavors revolved around citrus fruits (lemon and orange being the most popular), vodka flavors quickly devolved almost comically into oddities ranging from hemp to cinnamon rolls to menthol cigarettes. Today the category has pulled back a bit, with more artisanal infusions becoming popular that more closely resemble gin than candy.

Top Flavored Vodka Posts:

Humboldt Distillery Humboldt’s Finest Hemp Vodka
Hangar 1 Vodkas (2016)
Pinnacle Cinnamon Roll Vodka
Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka
Bakon Bacon-Flavored Vodka

Review: St. George Green Chile Vodka

By Christopher Null | September 26, 2022 |

Chile-flavored vodka is typically described as usable only for Bloody Mary cocktails. And that is basically something I agree with. What else have I ever used pepper-infused vodka for? St. George’s expression of pepper vodka isn’t shy. Infused with California jalapenos, habaneros, serranos, and bell peppers, there is no shortage of capsaicin to go around…

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Review: Heritage Distilling Elk Rider Vodka and Flavored Vodkas – Lavender, Huckleberry, and Coffee

By Drew Beard | August 13, 2022 |

Washington-based craft distillery Heritage Distilling is perhaps best known for their Brown Sugar Bourbon, which appears to have been sold off and become something of celebrity label after entertainer Jamie Foxx made an unspecified investment in the brand in 2021. We reviewed that original expression, along with four whiskeys and a gin, more than five…

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Review: Hope Town Vodka and Lime Vodka

By Christopher Null | June 23, 2022 |

Hope Town Vodka is made in North Charleston, South Carolina by the folks who brought you Walker’s Cay Bourbon, which is to say, Steven Busch. This one is actually made in SC, not sourced from elsewhere, which is as it should be for an unaged spirit. Distilled six times. A straight vodka and, oddly, one…

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Review: Finlandia Botanical Vodkas – Cucumber & Mint and Wildberry & Rose

By Christopher Null | March 16, 2022 |

We haven’t written anything about Finlandia since it launched its Fusion flavored line — over a decade ago. Now, like every vodka maker under the sun, it’s back with a new approach to flavored vodka, offering two infused vodkas that contain no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or sugars. These don’t claim to be “all natural” infusions…

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Review: Viss Vodka – Ballet Blue and Blush Blossom

By Christopher Null | January 11, 2022 |

Remember how we said that fresh, organic infused vodkas were the hottest trend in the category? Well, they say the exception makes the rule, and here it is in the form of Viss, a candy-colored, heavily artificially flavored vodka that’s imbued with a sparkly substance that makes it shimmer in the bottle and in the…

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Review: Belvedere Organic Infusions Vodka, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | January 9, 2022 |

In case you missed it, the big trend in vodka today is more complex infusions that eschew artificial flavors for real botanicals. In the case of Belvedere, it recently dropped a trio of Organic Infusions, each made with “100% organic fruits, spices and botanicals for flavor extraction, relying on the beauty of natural, simple ingredients…

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Review: Deep Eddy Lime Vodka

By Christopher Null | November 19, 2021 |

  From the folks that brought you Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka comes Deep Eddy Lime Vodka, made with real limes and, well, tasting like real limes. This vodka — now part of the Heaven Hill empire — is tart, sour stuff, made with real lime in a way that shows. The nose smells just like…

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Review: Bently Heritage Source One Vodka Rested in Oak Sherry Casks

By Christopher Null | October 29, 2021 |

Oak-aged vodka has been done before, but never with much success. If you wanted whiskey, you’d drink whiskey, amirite? Vodka in barrel sits in a strange middle ground occupied by uncommon oddities such as light whiskey and tobacco-flavored vodka, stuff that sounds interesting on paper but which usually sit on the shelf untouched in favor…

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Review: Grey Goose Essences, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | September 11, 2021 |

Grey Goose makes standard flavored vodkas, and now it expands those offerings with a spinoff line called Essences, part of the new craze in vodka that sees brands relying on real fruit and natural ingredients — and no added sugar in the case of Essences — to create unusual flavor combinations that at least give…

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Review: Frankly Organic Vodka, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | July 19, 2021 |

Frankly is a new vodka brand from Texas, including a straight vodka and four flavors. It starts with a base of organic corn distillate,  base, five-times distilled; organic fruits, roots, and botanicals are used for the flavored expressions. They’re primarily available as a five-pack of minis — link below if you want to purchase it…

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