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
Zubrówka Bison Grass Flavored Vodka
94 points
$24.26
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream, chamomile tea with honeycomb, caramel candies, and spiced apples with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying notes of french lavender and shortbread finish. A mildly flavored vodka to add weight and texture to cocktails.
94 points $24.26
Heritage Distilling Co. Ds Seasoned Vodka
94 points
$27.50
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of worcestershire sauce, onion salt, marinated water chestnuts and mushrooms, korean barbecue, general tso’s sauce, and sweet chile sauce with a supple, vibrant, saline medium body and a peppery, subtle, medium-long black pepper, unagi sauce, and prepared horseradish finish. A rich, savory and delicious flavored vodka exclusively for a superior bloody mary.
94 points $27.50
Dixie Black Pepper Vodka
93 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh sliced cucumber, green chile peppers, and yellow bell pepper and scallion relish with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length finish manifesting overtones of spicy pico de gallo, radish, cracked pepper, fried squash blossom, and habañero finish. A fresh and spicy vodka for tasty and distinctive summer cocktails.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
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
Nemiroff Honey Pepper Vodka
93 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Clear gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of beeswax, chamomile, chrysanthemum tea, and lemon zest with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, captivating, medium-long finish revealing notes of jasmine, fresh cut grass, lavender oil, and lanolin finish. Big, natural chamomile flavors shine in this unique, well-crafted vodka.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Durham Distillery Cold Distilled Cucumber Vodka
93 points
$28
Clear color. Aromas of freshly sliced cucumber, jicama, and lime zest with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and a tingling, rapid white pepper and ground ginger finish. A dry, sophisticated and elegant cucumber vodka for vodka sodas with a kiss of fresh flavor.