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: 4 Pearl Vodka Flavors – Lime Basil, Strawberry Basil, Chocolate Hazelnut, and Pumpkin Spice

By Christopher Null | January 2, 2016 |

Introducing four new flavors from Luxco-owned Pearl Vodka (which recently rebranded all its bottles with a more streamlined design) — two fruity/basil blends, two dessert-focused for winter sipping. Let’s give them all a sample. All are 70 proof. Pearl Vodka Lime Basil – Gentler than you’d think. Heavy on candied lime peel, with just a…

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Review: Smirnoff Peppermint Twist

By Christopher Null | December 13, 2015 |

Ho ho ho! What’s Santa want next to the fireplace? Not another peppermint candy but rather a peppermint-flavored vodka. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist isn’t just a mint-flavored spirit, it’s all wrapped up and ready for your holiday partying. Let’s give this flavored vodka a holiday-centric spin, shall we? The nose is all candy canes, and that’s…

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Review: Svedka Vodka, Svedka 100, and Svedka Grapefuit Jalapeno

By Christopher Null | October 31, 2015 |

Sweden’s Svedka is one of the top global vodka brands, driven by an affordable price point and some amazingly successful marketing. 5x distilled from Swedish winter wheat, it’s widely available to the point of ubiquity. Let’s look at three of the company’s expressions, including a couple of new monsters. Svedka Vodka – This is the…

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Review: Skyy Barcraft – White Sangria, Margarita Lime, and Watermelon Fresca

By Christopher Null | October 13, 2015 |

“It’s time to hack the cocktail!” Now that’s a slogan I can get behind. Unfortunately, Skyy Barcraft — essentially lower-proof flavored vodka designed to be mixed with your favorite mixer (soda, ginger, what-have-you) and consumed on the rocks — isn’t really hacking anything. Unless you consider water and those inimitable “natural flavors” to be a…

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Review: Oak by Absolut

By Christopher Null | October 13, 2015 |

To quote Tom Cruise in Risky Business, sometimes you gotta say, What the fuck? How big is whiskey? So big that the vodka guys are trying to muscle in on the business. Oak by Absolut is Absolut vodka rested in oak barrels. Or, more accurately, it is “oak infused vodka, vodka, [and] vodka rested in barrels,” per the label.…

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Review: Skyy Infusions Texas Grapefruit Vodka

By Christopher Null | June 17, 2015 |

Skyy turns to the south for this latest flavored vodka: Texas Grapefruit. It’s very brisk on the nose with fresh grapefruit notes. It’s not overly candied or sweet, but appropriately tart. That carries through to the palate, a modestly sweet vodka that balances its sugar with dauthentic grapefruit notes, appropriately sour and tangy with a…

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Review: American Star Vodka

By Christopher Null | May 22, 2015 |

Look closely at the label — “Star Vodka” is a totally different product — and you’ll see a small “American” in the etching above the “Star” on this exceptionally hard-to-read vodka bottle from Ascendant Spirits (makers of Breaker Bourbon). American Star is distilled (at least) five times from corn (the bottle just reads “grain”) in…

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Review: 8 Poliakov Flavored Vodkas

By Christopher Null | May 2, 2015 |

Poliakov may look and sound Russian, but this is a French product (from the same company that distributes Label 5 Scotch), and it’s a big, low-cost seller in that country. Little is known about its production except for a vague “triple distilled” label. While there is a straight, unflavored version, we only received a passel…

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Review: Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka

By Christopher Null | April 27, 2015 |

I love that Austin-based Deep Eddy makes flavored vodkas that look like flavored vodkas, all bright colors, with nothing to hide. The latest expression, Deep Eddy Lemon, looks like a glass of fresh lemonade, translucent and golden and flecked with just a tiny bit of pulp. The nose plays it cool. Light, slightly sour-smelling lemon plus…

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Review: Square One Bergamot Vodka

By Christopher Null | April 24, 2015 |

The bergamot is a type of sour orange, grown mainly in Italy, that often shows up in tea preparations (particularly Earl Grey) — and which is now arriving on the marquee of this new flavored vodka from Square One. Bergamot is really just the beginning, though. Based on the company’s outline of the infusion bill, there’s…

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