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Meann May 2, 2013 04:49 PM

i don't understand. These vodkas with flavors like "icing" and "caramel" and "sorbet" ... are they actually sweet? And if so, what are they sweetened with?

  1. Atomic76 May 17, 2013 11:24 PM

    I've read the beverage manufacturers are trying to target the younger market with all these new fruit/novelty flavored liquors. Personally I wouldn't waste the money on a whole bottle of any of them, since I would have a hard time drinking the whole thing.

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      Meann May 16, 2013 02:53 PM

      Thanks to you all ... you've saved me from having to actually put any of them in my mouth.

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        Meann May 14, 2013 05:52 PM

        But I ask again... what are they sweetened with?

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        1. re: Meann
          JMF May 15, 2013 06:51 AM

          Sugar, HFCS, etc. Basically, flavored vodkas are like liqueurs and cordial in that they can be flavored and sweetened with anything. Premium products tend to have better quality ingredients, but not necessarily.

          Here is the legal definition of flavored vodka:
          Vodka flavored with natural flavoring materials, with or without the addition of sugar, bottled at not less than 30% alcohol by volume (60 proof)

          The name of the predominant flavor shall appear as part of the class and type designation, e.g., “Orange Flavored Vodka”

          Wine may be added but if the addition exceeds 2½% by volume of the finished product, the classes and/or types and percentages (by volume) of wine must be stated as part of the class and type designation.

          Here is the legal definition for liqueurs and cordials:
          Flavored spirits product containing not less than 2½% by weight sugar, dextrose, levulose or a combination thereof made by mixing or redistilling any class or type of spirits with or over fruits, flowers, plants or pure juices therefrom or other natural flavoring materials or with extracts derived from infusions, percolation or maceration of such materials.

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          Meann May 7, 2013 06:00 PM

          Thanks!

          1. jrvedivici May 3, 2013 06:55 AM

            Yes, many of these flavors are very sweet and do taste amazingly like the flavor they claim to be.

            99% of these are not meant for actual consumption by themselves, they are all used to create the latest trendy multi flavored drink concoctions.

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              JMF May 8, 2013 08:18 AM

              Concoctions... but not cocktails. Used for drinks for the uneducated and immature drinker.

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                zin1953 May 16, 2013 08:07 AM

                With the exception of "traditional" flavored vodkas, like Zubrowka or Pertsovka, I don't see (nor do I understand) ANY reason for these . . .

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                  yarm May 16, 2013 09:01 AM

                  Here in Boston, some restaurants have cordial licenses which is somewhere between beer&wine and full liquor (I won't get into the politics, difficulties, and histories of our city's laws right now). So while these restaurants can't serve vodka, they can serve flavored vodka, and some do it elegantly out of necessity. True, most of these places aren't using cupcake-flavored, but the class as a whole has a role to play.

                  And even with my favorite flavored vodka, namely gin, the cordial places resort to Old Tom Gin since the sugar content puts it over the edge.

                  http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com

            2. Gastronomos May 2, 2013 04:55 PM

              Gin. The original flavoured Vodka. Juniper berry. Sweet?

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