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
Bakon Bacon-Flavored Vodka

Review: Our/Detroit Vodka Infusions

By Christopher Null | July 21, 2017 |

Flavored vodkas off the shelf are full of God-knows-what. So why not make your own flavored vodka at home? That’s the ambitious idea behind the Our/Vodka crew and the four flavor-them-at-home expressions that the Detroit-based distillery has released. The idea is simple: The company provides a half bottle of 80-proof vodka that started from a Canada-distilled…

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Review: Stolichnaya Stoli Crushed Ruby Red Grapefruit and Pineapple

By Robert Lublin | July 7, 2017 |

It’s finally summer, and the temperature is rising. Luckily, Stoli came prepared for the sun and heat, offering a new flavored vodka beverage that boasts of “Real Fruit Juice” (along with “Natural Flavors and Certified Colors”). Stoli Crushed (at launch) comes in two flavors that are well suited to summertime: Ruby Red Grapefruit and Pineapple.…

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Review: Ciroc Mango Vodka

By Christopher Null | June 8, 2017 |

Ciroc, the P. Diddy-endorsed vodka distilled in France from brandy, is out with its latest flavor: Mango, which is “infused with mango and other natural flavors.” This vodka is well-sweetened but not unpleasant, with aromas the run more toward peach than mango, but which, on the palate, offers a melange of mixed tropical flavor that…

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Review: American Harvest Vodka Specialty (2017)

By Christopher Null | May 30, 2017 |

It’s common for vodka to be sweetened up one way or another, but never will you find that this is actually mentioned on the label. American Harvest takes a different approach: This spirit mixes agave nectar into the vodka — and they actually tell you about it, right on the label. That’s some refreshing honesty,…

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Review: Three Meadows Spirits Peony Vodka

By Christopher Null | May 3, 2017 |

Based in the Hudson Valley of New York, Three Meadows Spirits is the producer of, to date, a single product: Peony Vodka, a 5x distilled, wheat-based vodka flavored with nine botanicals. Those include geranium, jasmine, white pepper, gardenia, green tea, vanilla, and the namesake of the spirit, tincture of peony. (Yes, that’s seven; the remaining two…

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Review: New Amsterdam Vodka (2017) and Apple Vodka

By Christopher Null | April 29, 2017 |

New Amsterdam’s latest flavor joins seven existing flavored vodkas, plus of course the straight original expression. We covered the original, Modesto-based New Amsterdam Vodka back in 2012, and given that five years have passed since then, we thought it was time to look at it with fresh eyes (and mouths). As well, we’ve giving New…

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Review: Spirits of Long Road Distillers – Vodka, Gin, Aquavit, Wendy Peppercorn, Cherry, and Wheat Whisky

By Christopher Null | February 16, 2017 |

Long Road Distillers, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has an exhaustive spirits catalog (now spanning 10 products), almost all of which is made from locally-sourced red winter wheat. Want to see how versatile a single grain can be? Here’s a look at five different spirits that Long Road makes from it (plus a cherry brandy made…

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Review: Skyy Infusions Bartlett Pear Vodka

By Christopher Null | February 7, 2017 |

Sorry, Bosc! The latest Skyy vodka flavor is designed to taste like Bartlett pears — Bartletts only! What does one do with pear vodka? Well, try it in anything where you’d otherwise use apple, for starters. Or check out the cocktails at the end of the post for additional ideas. Pear-flavored spirits always come across a bit…

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Review: Seagram’s Ruby Red Grapefruit and Golden Apricot Vodka

By Christopher Null | December 24, 2016 |

Seagram’s has just kicked off two new vodka flavors, focused on fruit. Both are based on American grain distilled five times and are naturally flavored. Both are 70 proof. Seagram’s Ruby Red Grapefruit Flavored Vodka – Authentic and sharp on the nose, with bold grapefruit notes. On the palate, there’s candied grapefruit here, with quite…

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Review: Bellion Vodka

By Christopher Null | December 21, 2016 |

I won’t rehash the science of Bellion — in a nutshell, it includes additives designed to protect your liver from damage related to alcohol consumption — what we turn our attention to is how this vodka, technically “vodka infused with natural flavors” actually tastes. Results: Foremost, it is sweet, and unbelievably so. Bellion’s secret “functional”…

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