About Flavored Vodka

About Flavored Vodka
Since Vodka tends to be a neutral spirit, it lends itself to blending with flavors and fortifying other beverages. In the 19th century, high-proof "Russian spirit" was held in high esteem by Sherry producers in Spain, who imported it to fortify their wines.

Neutral spirits are still used to fortify Port, Sherry, and other types of fortified wines, although the source of alcohol for such purposes these days tends to be the vast "wine lake" that has been created by European Union agricultural practices.

Flavored Vodkas have been produced from the start, originally to mask the flavor of the first primitive Vodkas, but later as a mark of the distiller's skill. The Russians and Poles in particular still market dozens of flavors.

Top Picks for Flavored Vodka

Stolichnaya Cucumber Vodka
97 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh sliced English cucumber, ripe, fruity olives, and roasted red pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish evoking suggestions of key lime, spearmint, thyme, and sesame oil finish. Fresh and vivid cucumber notes make this vodka a summertime vibe delivery system.
Awards: 2019 Best Flavored Vodka
97 points $19.99 Best Buy
Stolichnaya Stoli Lime Vodka
96 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Hop, like aromas and flavors of lime leaf, mango seed, clementine, finger lime, celery salt, wild lemon, and pine with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish imparting accents of fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and coriander finish. A vibrant, playful flavored vodka with killer citrus notes to elevate cocktails.
96 points $19.99 Best Buy
Ferdinand’s Saar Quince Vodka
96 points
$63
Brilliant gold color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon, ginger, sandalwood, lemongrass, lime oil, and galangal with a glycerous, crisp, sweet fat body and an even, appealing, medium-length lime cordial, rose water, orange blossom honey, and lychee finish. A spicy and exotic vodka with loads of cocktail play possibilities.
Awards: 2018 Best Flavored Vodka
Drinklab Hop Flavored Vodka
95 points
$24.85
Clear color. Piney, tropical aromas of dried mango, pine resin, and peach pie with a round, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, elegant, long starfruit, lingonberry, and sugared nuts finish. A hoppy but never bitter vodka with beautiful aromatics; a great tropical spirit to add to the cocktail enthusiasts repertoire.
95 points $24.85
Stolichnaya Jalapeño Flavored Hot Vodka
95 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Grassy, citrusy aromas and flavors of charred agave, royal lime cologne, toilet bowl cleaner, and fresh ginger with a silky, lively, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a hot, gigantic, very long finish evoking notes of matcha, sage, hot peppers, and tanned leather finish. Exotic spice and tanned-leather notes round out this spicy flavored vodka.
Awards: 2017 Best Flavored Vodka
95 points $19.99 Best Buy
Heritage Distilling Co. Seasoned Vodka
94 points
$27.50
Bright golden amber color. Savory aromas and flavors of Thai sweet chile sauce, smoke, smoked oyster, and Worcestershire with a satiny, vibrant, saline light-to-medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish. A wildly appetizing sweet, salty, spicy, smoky vodka that is the ultimate bloody mary base.
94 points $27.50
Rock Town Basil Vodka
94 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Exotic, herbal aromas and flavors of lavender bath salt, cumin, rose water, and cardamom with a velvety, lively, sweet full body and a peppery, intricate, medium-long finish that exhibits elements of basil, green tomato jelly, and cinnamon stick finish. A complex flavored vodka begging for craft cocktails and quality tonic water.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Stolichnaya Ohranj Vodka
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Attractive aromas and flavors of italian oranges, bergamot, orange blossom, and fruit loops cereal with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, long finish displaying accents of , and chamomile finish. An elegant, grown-up, orange vodka give the feeling of walking into an orange orchard.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Duckworth Truffle Vodka
94 points
$49.95
Clear color. Umami aromas and flavors of truffle oil, garlic toast, smoked salmon, and anchovy oil with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a long finish. A fun, super savory truffle and garlic driven vodka that will be a hoot to experiment with.
94 points $49.95
Old Dominick Distillery Honeybell Citrus Vodka
93 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of mandarin orange, dried ginger, lime gummies, and sea shore with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a peppery, medium-length finish with notes of dried lime peel, lemongrass, and black pepper finish. A dry, citrusy vodka that is a great addition to the cocktail bar; nuanced and distinctive.
93 points $21.99 Best Buy