Vodka is big business. It even has a day – October 4– dedicated to its awesomeness. But if you’ve strolled through the vodka aisle lately, you may think you’ve detoured into a kiddie candy store. Or a smoke shop. Today, flavored vodkas are all the rage, and we’ve got a rundown of the strangest flaves to hit the shelves.
Burnett’s Maple Syrup
Who needs a stack of flapjacks when you can just drink a syrupy drink? Burnett’s line of flavored spirits includes a quirky maple syrup vodka that you can blend with whipped cream vodka and cola for a Buttered Pancake cocktail. Brunch will never be the same.
From the company that brings you Bubblegum, Rainbow Sherbet, Red Licorice, Cookie Dough, and Cinnabon-flavored vodka comes Gummy, the bottle that should motivate you to lock your liquor cabinet if you have kids in the house. (Yes, there’s a super cute Swedish Fish on the bottle.) On the recipe front, here’s four words: Swedish Fish Jell-O shots!
Naked Jay Big Dill
Virginia vodka entrepreneur Jason Zimecki partnered with Sazerac to introduce Naked Jay’s Big Dill pickle flavored vodka after he had a brainstorm when he ran out of mixers at a tailgating party. In an interview, Zimecki said he spontaneously started making vodka and pickle juice shots and they were an instant hit. Try a Jay’s Pickled Ale, which boasts one part Naked Jay vodka and two parts ginger ale.
Van Gogh’s PB&J
The childhood lunchtime staple is all grown up with a peanut butter and jelly flavored vodka by high-end Dutch company, Van Gogh. To up the raspberry jelly taste, try Nuts & Berries, which adds berry liqueur and cream to the mix.
Alaska Distillery Smoked Salmon
Alaska Distillery introduced Smoked Salmon vodka in 2010, but it took a while to get the flavor just right. Company partner Scotti MacDonald told Huffington Post the formula took 48 tries, and the early attempts were unsavory: “Definitely the first few times we had our heave bucket close by,” he said. Catch a fishy Bloody Mary recipe here.
Three Olives Loopy Vodka
Froot Loops in a bottle? Well, not exactly. This fruity vodka is reminiscent of the Kellogg’s kiddie cereal, but it definitely doesn’t go with Saturday morning cartoons. The recipes all come with loopy names, but we’re partial to the Loop D Loop.
Bacon-flavored products are big, so it’s no wonder this drinkable blend was born. Recipe ideas include the Bakon and Egg Martini and The Elvis Presley, which pays tribute to the King’s famous peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich.
Oddka Fresh Cut Grass
There’s nothing like the smell of freshly mown grass, and Oddka’s fresh concoction simply screams summer. For a drinkable garden, whip up the Odd Garden, which includes grassy vodka, crème de violette, rose water, lemon juice, cucumber, and coriander and basil leaves.
Ianabitch Tobacco & Menthol Tobacco
In 2013, Ivanabitch introduced the world’ first tobacco flavored vodka, because, well, 45 million Americans are smokers. Just like real cigs, it comes in regular and menthol flavored, so you can make recipes like The Smokin’ Hottie Shooter, which includes tobacco vodka, cinnamon schnapps and Tabasco. Hey, at least there’s no nicotine.