70 Proof – Vodka
Approx. $13.99 750ml
Tonight, I am trying out Svedka’s vanilla vodka. I didn’t put much thought into what I would be mixing it with when I picked it up, but saw a new-to-me bottle and just went for it. I poured myself a shot as soon as I got home and it had a very creamy tasting vanilla flavor, and the only burn I got was only a slight tingle in the back of the throat. I normally prefer my vodka mixed in a cocktail rather than a shot, but it was much better than I had anticipated it to be.
I took a stab at a vanilla coke-like recipe next, and this was not a good mix. I found out I am not a fan. Unless it’s a coke float, vanilla has no business in my soda. I then made myself a pineapple upside down cake cocktail. This was a lot better than others that I’ve had in the past when using different vanilla vodkas. The creaminess of this vodka just seems to work great with cake type cocktails and shots.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake:
2 parts – Pineapple juice
1 Part – Svedka Vanilla Vodka
1 Splash – Grenadine
(Works well as a shot or mixed drink)
I’ve had a few Svedka vodkas now, and their flavors overall have been on point, without having any of that overwhelming artificial taste. The price is a bit higher than Smirnoff Vanilla for example, but the quality of the drink you’ll end up with is going to be significantly better. Tonight’s bottle is definitely one to keep in the liquor cabinet for a cocktail ingredient.