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.

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Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka
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Review: 4 Orange Vodka

By Christopher Null | December 23, 2009 |

4 Orange Vodka: Orange-flavored vodka, right? Not exactly: This is vodka made out of oranges. Nothing but Florida oranges (four varieties of ’em, hence the name). And flavored with oranges: As you might expect, it’s quite orangey, jammy/marmalade-like in character and with only a little bit of bitter orange peel bite in the finish. Very…

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Review: Cold River Vodka, Straight and Blueberry

By Christopher Null | December 16, 2009 |

This potato-based vodka hails from Maine — who knew they had potatoes in Maine? — from tubers grown on Cold River’s own farm and bottled using water from its own local aquifer. In fact, everything is done on the premises, and the results show in the finished product: This is a smooth and enchanting vodka…

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Review: Sobieski Vodka – Cytron and Vanilia

By Christopher Null | December 14, 2009 |

Sobieski is making a name (and a bigger advertising splash) for offering reasonably good Polish, rye-based vodka at an extremely low price, and now it is moving into the natural follow-up: Flavored versions. Here’s how the first two shake out. Both are 70 proof and flavored naturally. Sobieski Cytron Vodka isn’t bad, a quite silky…

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Review: Square One Botanical Vodka

By Christopher Null | November 22, 2009 |

Is it vodka or is it gin? Infused with eight ingredients — pear, rose, chamomile, lemon verbena, lavender, rosemary, coriander, and citrus peel — Square One Botanical certainly looks on paper a lot more like a postmodern gin than the vodka it claims to be on the bottle. Ultimately, labels are meaningless — all gin…

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Review: Rain Flavored Vodkas, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | October 25, 2009 |

The folks at Rain — which makes vodka from organic white corn and distills it seven times — have recently expanded their lineup to four uniquely flavored vodkas. We got our hands on the complete lineup. All are 70 proof and flavored naturally. Rain Lavender Lemonade Vodka is a comparably mild concoction, but quite sweet…

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Review: Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka

By Christopher Null | September 22, 2009 |

Caramel is a tricky flavor to begin with: Basically it’s burnt sugar, and that carries with it all kinds of challenges. Godiva makes a pretty good caramel/chocolate liqueur, but Van Gogh raises the stakes with a naturally-flavored vodka that’s straight up caramel, and 70 proof to boot, leaving much less room for flavoring agents. This…

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Tasting Ciroc’s Red Berry and Coconut Vodkas with Master Distiller Jean-Sebastien Robicquet

By Christopher Null | September 10, 2009 |

Ciroc is one of the big spirits success stories in recent years, and it’s now, according to the company, the #3 ultrapremium vodka brand on the market, after Grey Goose and Belvedere. (Fun fact: The name is made up, a combination of the French words cime (summit) and roche (rock).) This week I had the…

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Review: Absolut Boston Vodka

By Christopher Null | September 5, 2009 |

Absolut Boston is the third city-themed vodka from the massive spirits company, but the first of that bunch I’ve had the chance to sample. Some thoughts — before the bottle vanishes altogether. Absolut Boston is flavored with black tea and elderflower, an interesting and overall quite successful combination. Everyone loves elderflower — you can’t turn…

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Original Recipe: The Lemonparty Cocktail

By Christopher Null | September 5, 2009 |

Whatever you do, don’t Google “lemonparty.” This drink is not inspired by what you’d find (and likely be horrified by) if you did that. Rather, it’s the name of the group several friends of mine and I have in the video game Rock Band. Of course, the band name is inspired by the aforementioned website,…

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Boston Gets Its Own Absolut

By Christopher Null | August 26, 2009 |

Following New Orleans and Los Angeles, Boston now gets its own signature flavored version of Absolut vodka. Frankly this one sounds like the best version yet. (What, you were expecting chowder flavor?) This month, the world’s most iconic vodka celebrates the pride and spirit of Boston with the debut of its newest city-inspired flavor –…

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