When it comes to liquor sales, there is no competing with vodka. Last year, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), it out-sold gin, rum, tequila, Irish whiskey, and Scotch — combined. And what’s helping drive this growth is a bewildering selection of flavored vodkas.
While flavored vodkas have been around for decades (Stolichnaya introduced the first ones in the l960s), over the last few years we’ve moved well past familiar varieties such as citrus, raspberry, and mango into uncharted territory. We’re talking about vodka that tastes like cake, popcorn, and even salmon.
It’s not uncommon for a brand to have dozens of different flavors. Now, just like fashion designers, these companies debut ever more exotic varieties each season. In 2012 alone, according to DISCUS, 122 new flavored vodkas went on sale.
These flavored vodkas have become so popular that other liquor categories are following suit. A few years ago, Jim Beam rolled out Red Stag, a line of flavored whiskies including Spiced with Cinnamon, Black Cherry, and Honey Tea, and Jack Daniel’s now offers a Tennessee Honey.
So whether or not you’re willing to try these vodkas, we know you’re at least a bit curious to see our list of the 17 craziest vodka flavors on the market. Cheers?
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