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
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Pinnacle Cinnamon Roll Vodka
Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka
Bakon Bacon-Flavored Vodka

Review: Skyy Infusions Pineapple Vodka

By Christopher Null | March 24, 2009 |

Who doesn’t like pineapple? Commies, that’s who. Strange then to put pineapples and vodka together, but hey, who are we to judge. Pineapple is a natural for many cocktails — but carving up a fresh pineapple is a royal pain in the butt. Enter pineapple-infused vodka, which Skyy says it developed as an alternative to…

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Review: Firefly Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka

By Christopher Null | February 11, 2009 |

Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka is one of those drinks that can get you into a lot of trouble. No, not like this stuff. Like good whiskey, Firefly goes down absurdly easy, enticing you into drinking more and more and more and zzzzzzzzzzzzzz….. well, then you’re gone. I was a skeptic: Vodka flavored with tea? Sounds…

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Original Recipe: The Lemony Snicket

By Christopher Null | January 13, 2009 |

Something off the beaten path… I was inspired by lemon meringue pie. I like it quite a bit! The Lemony Snicket 3/4 oz. vodka 3/4 oz. lemon-infused vodka 1/2 oz. Navan vanilla liqueur 1/2 oz. Damiana herbal liqueur 1 oz. milk or cream Build in a rocks glass over ice. Stir and serve.

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Review: Indio Vodkas

By Christopher Null | December 15, 2008 |

As promised yesterday, today we’re plowing through the five vodkas (one straight, four flavored) from Portland’s Indio Spirits. All five are 80-proof and distilled from rye, then filtered through charcoal-activated coconut husks. (All the vodkas are uncolored, too, and feature very approachable prices.) Indio Silver Edition Vodka – This is the straight, unflavored vodka, and…

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Review: Boru Vodkas

By Christopher Null | December 4, 2008 |

The only vodka I’ve sampled from the country of Ireland, Boru is named after a legendary Irish king… who probably wouldn’t have been caught dead drinking vodka. No matter. Distilled five times (from unspecified grain), this vodka hits 80 proof in its unflavored and three flavored incarnations (all use natural flavorings). We sampled all four.…

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Review: Triple Eight Vodkas

By Christopher Null | October 28, 2008 |

I’d never seen it until recently, but Triple Eight vodka, with its distinctive three eight balls on the label, has been around since 2001. This vodka is an odd combination of organic corn from Holland (they grow corn in Holland!?) and water drawn from a well in Nantucket, where it is distilled. Mainly available on…

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Review: Square One Cucumber Vodka

By Christopher Null | October 25, 2008 |

Ever since declaring the Celery Cup my favorite cocktail at this year’s Slow Food Nation event, I’ve been itching to recreate it. But the lonely sample-size bottle of Square One Cucumber Vodka the company sent couldn’t motivate me to break open the shaker. The recipe’s convolutions also seemed overwhelming. So much easier just to break…

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Review: Skyy Infusions Vodka – Citrus, Raspberry, Grape, and Cherry

By Christopher Null | October 9, 2008 |

Skyy is a big player in the flavored vodka market and is unique for its dedication to only using natural flavors in its concoctions. After raving about its passion fruit version, I tasted four of its classic, more versatile flavors to get a better feel for the line. All are 70 proof. Some thoughts follow.…

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Instant Bloody Mary? Three Olives Tomato Vodka vs. Absolut Peppar Vodka

By Christopher Null | August 3, 2008 |

Building a Bloody Mary from scratch is a complicated and time consuming process. After all, who wants to grate fresh horseradish first thing in the morning? While some Bloody Mary mixes offer an acceptable shortcut, one doesn’t always have a bottle on hand. Is there an even quicker shortcut to a good Bloody? Enter two…

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At Last, Someone Has Bottled the Flavor of Smog

By Christopher Null | July 22, 2008 |

Finishing up my last day of a long trip to the California wine country (full report to follow later this week), but this came across the wire today and it was too good not to post: “ABSOLUT Vodka Puts a Spotlight on Los Angeles with New Limited-Edition, City-Inspired Flavor” Absolut New Orleans debuted last year,…

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