Flavored Vodka, vodka infused with a wide variety of vibrant, exciting flavors has been around almost as long as vodka itself. Each year seems to introduce new flavors and preferences among consumers.
Flavored vodka has only recently become fashionable, but the earliest vodkas were always flavored, though that was entirely due to necessity.
Origin of Flavored Vodkas
Flavored vodka has been produced from the time since vodka was prduced itself. The tradition of flavoring vodkas originally started to mask the flavor of the first primitive Vodkas, but later as a mark of the distiller skill. The Russians and Poles in particular still market dozens of flavors. In Russia, the home of flavored vodka, the first uses for the drink was for medical purposes.
Ingredients of Flavored Vodka Recipes
Popular flavored vodka recipes include basic ingredients like plain Vodka, and Sugar, flavored with Mango, Lemon, Apple, Raspberry, Peach, Strawberry, Small berries, Pineapple, Citrus Fruits, Vanilla beans, Chili peppers, Melons, Dried Fruits, Cranberries, and Peaches, other than herbs. Experiments are being done across the globe with even diverse varieties of flavoring agents.
Popular Method of Preparation of Flavored Vodkas
The extra ingredients are added to the vodka and it is left in a sealed container for a period of time to steep. This period can range from hours to months depending on the ingredients. After this period, any solid additives are removed from the vodka and the infusion is then filtered to remove smaller particles. After this, the vodka infusion can be left to age for a period of time to allow flavors to mature.
Servings and Popular variants of Flavored Vodka Recipes
The best way to serve flavored vodka is to take it as a long drink, that is, with a soft drink like coke and try it over crushed ice. The flavored Vodka is partnered with foods like salt fish, pickles, and salads under the mayo salami.
Flavored Vodka Health and Nutritional Facts
Flavored Vodka contains no carbs, fats, Protein, Sodium, Fiber and no cholesterol. Vodka's alcoholic content usually ranges between 35–70% by volume. The standard Polish, Russian and Lithuanian vodkas are 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof). The European Union has established a minimum of 37.5% alcohol by volume content for any European vodka to be named as such. One shot of 90 ml. vodka contains 70-90 Kilo calories. Mixing with coke or other carbonated drink causes the amount of calories to shoot up.
Famous Brands for Flavored Vodkas
There are celebrated brands for flavored vodka, like Grey Goose - La Poire for pear flavor, Charbay for Pomegranate, Hangar One - Fraser River Raspberry for Raspberry, Absolut - New Orleans for Spice etc.