Belvedere Introduces Flavored Vodkas That Won't Put You Into a Sugar Coma

Real infusions make for real flavor
by Amy Wolfenberger on Jun 21, 2012 in Liquor for Departure

Close your eyes and think of a flavored vodka. Short dresses, tall heels, Kanye West’s ex-girlfriends and loud clubs are probably bouncing around your head. For years, flavored vodkas have taken the spirit to the point where a “shaken, not stirred” martini is no longer the most prominent face of the liquor. Some even claim flavored vodkas are the number one reason for bartender injury — due to exaggerated eye-rolling and withheld hearty laughter.* With the aid of noted mixologist Claire Smith, Belvedere is planning to rescue vodka from marshmallow fluff and return it to Mr. Bond’s fancy parties.

At a recent party in Portland’s Departure Lounge, Smith explained that by steering away from over-manufactured, sickly sweet flavors, and favoring instead simple and natural ingredients, Belvedere is showing vodka can be just as respectable as it’s cousin gin. In fact, Belvedere’s distinctive maceration process more closely resembles the way gin distillers use botanicals to create their signature flavors.

Instead of merely adding manufactured chemical flavoring and sugars, as many vodka brands tend to do, Belvedere soaks fresh fruit, peels, flowers and herbs in the vodka to create balanced tastes found in nature. This idea isn’t new — the distillers are simply looking to the spirit’s roots for guidance, as the Polish have been using this method to flavor their vodkas with herbs and honey for hundreds of years.

Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to put up with a grass-flavored vodka for the sake of tradition. While Belvedere’s process is heavily influenced by heritage, the flavors are designed with a more modern and regional palate in mind. They’re also designed to appeal to a wide variety of demographics. That’s right, men, there’s no danger of encountering Unicorn Glitter, so you can enjoy these refreshing summer cocktails without your buddies asking you where you keep your Sex and the City DVDs.

This year’s Lemon Tea vodka is an ideal partner to classic American iced tea, and Smith’s Lemon Tea Classic Punch is sure to be a hit at any BBQ. Check out the recipe below for a new and different summer party sip.

Belvedere Lemon Tea Classic Iced Punch

50 oz. Belvedere Lemon Tea
40 oz. Arizona Iced Tea
10 oz. simple syrup
20 oz. lemon juice,
zest of 2 lemons

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well, and chill. Serve ladled into individual ice-filled cups.

*Ok, no one actually says this but it would be completely believable if they did. [back]

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Using Peas to Make Gin Might Lead to More Environmentally Friendly Spirits, Studies Show

Using Peas to Make Gin Might Lead to More Environmentally Friendly Spirits, Studies Show

Scientists may have discovered a more environmentally friendly way to make one of the world's most popular spi...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jul 23, 2019
Drink a Classic Cocktail for a Good Cause During Negroni Week, June 24-30

Drink a Classic Cocktail for a Good Cause During Negroni Week, June 24-30

Negroni Week 2019 is June 24-30, so drink this classic cocktail for a good cause....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 19, 2019
What to Do if Your Uber, Lyft, or Cab Driver Ever Strays From Your Destination or Makes You Feel in Danger

What to Do if Your Uber, Lyft, or Cab Driver Ever Strays From Your Destination or Makes You Feel in Danger

If you're taking an Uber, Lyft, or cab and feel unsafe, there are steps you can take to protect yourself....read more ›

by Nina Starner Jun 19, 2019
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
Behind the Bar: Kat Corbo of The Study & Winner of Speed Rack 2019

Behind the Bar: Kat Corbo of The Study & Winner of Speed Rack 2019

This time on Behind the Bar, we spoke to Kat Corbo of The Study, who recently won Speed Rack 2019....read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 15, 2019
Boston Beer & Dogfish Head Have Merged in a $300 Million Deal

Boston Beer & Dogfish Head Have Merged in a $300 Million Deal

In a huge move for the American craft beer community, Boston Beer and Dogfish Head have agreed to a merger valued at $300 million dollars. ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 10, 2019
A New, High-End Blend of Jack Daniel's Whiskey is Now Available in the United States

A New, High-End Blend of Jack Daniel's Whiskey is Now Available in the United States

A new, high-end blend of Jack Daniel's whiskey, known as Jack Daniel's No. 27 Gold, which was previously only ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 15, 2019
Coopers' Craft Bourbon Is Now Available in 12 States With a New Barrel Reserve Expression

Coopers' Craft Bourbon Is Now Available in 12 States With a New Barrel Reserve Expression

Coopers' Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon has debuted an entirely new label design, has expanded to more states...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 3, 2019
PBR is Making Its Own Whiskey For the Perfect Shot & Beer Combo

PBR is Making Its Own Whiskey For the Perfect Shot & Beer Combo

Pabst Blue Ribbon has filed documents to create its very own whiskey, making for the perfect shot & beer combo....read more ›

by Drink Philly Mar 18, 2019
Behind the Bar: Tory Pratt of Pratt Standard

Behind the Bar: Tory Pratt of Pratt Standard

In this edition of Behind the Bar, we chatted with Tory Pratt, the founder of Pratt Standard....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Mar 7, 2019
Acclaimed Director Ridley Scott Has Made Seven Short Films for Hennessy X.O.

Acclaimed Director Ridley Scott Has Made Seven Short Films for Hennessy X.O.

Ridley Scott has directed a four-minute short film for Hennessy X.O. visualizing the seven flavors of the high...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Mar 4, 2019
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close