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orange flavored vodkas

thew May 28, 2008 06:01 AM

you know like stoli orange, absolute mandarin, etc

what are your opinions on these? what other brands are there? which do you think is best?

my new summer cocktail idea is grapefruit juice, orange vodka, and campari (or maybe aperol)

i need a name for this cocktail too

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  1. jspear RE: thew May 28, 2008 09:04 AM

    how about infusing your own with blood oranges?

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      quazi RE: jspear Jun 3, 2008 08:20 AM

      truly the best option. the only way to get a truly orange flavor

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        invinotheresverde RE: quazi Jun 3, 2008 08:54 AM

        98% of the time I'd agree, but the super strong flavors of Campari and grapefruit juice are really going to mask most homemade infusions.

    2. invinotheresverde RE: thew May 28, 2008 09:06 AM

      Add some blood orange bitters and it's one of my favorite summer drinks!

      Van Gogh Orange is great, but honestly, if you're mixing it with the strong flavors of Campari and grapefruit, it won't matter much (flavorwise) which brand you use. Be aware that some brands, like Smirnoff, are sweetened. Those give me a b!tch of a hangover.

      1. sfumato RE: thew May 28, 2008 09:11 AM

        Totally apropos, I recently read this article on flavoured vodkas :

        http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/30/din...

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          Mr Lee Ho RE: thew Jun 5, 2008 05:32 PM

          A vodka collins made with Smirnoff Orange is a nice refreshing drink and the price is right.

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            jspear RE: Mr Lee Ho Jun 6, 2008 05:37 AM

            great suggestion

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            zin1953 RE: thew Jun 6, 2008 06:32 AM

            FWIW, the best commercial orange vodka I've tasted is Hangar One Mandarin Orange.

            http://www.hangarone.com/

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