Absolut is the second biggest selling brand of vodka in the world behind Smirnoff selling around 25 million cases per year.
It is no coincidence that Absolut is another brand that goes in for flavour variety in a big way. In fact it was Absolut that really kicked off with the gimmick, marketing led flavours before Smirnoff properly got involved (although they have certainly made up for lost time).
The Absolut brand is a long-serving one having initially been established in 1879 using a new distilling process of the time called rectification to produce an ‘absolutely’ clear, pure vodka. The vodka is made in the town of Ahus in Sweden and uses locally grown wheat and water in the process.
Absolut is a middle of the road vodka that does have a fair few hard core followers that swear by it over, for example, Smirnoff. Some of the flavours I can definitely vouch for as being popular with drinkers and useful in cocktails, namely Absolut Raspberry (a winner with lemonade) and Absolut Vanilla (very versatile and useful addition to the Mixology table).
Who doesn’t take great pleasure in requesting “One Screaming Orgasm please!” tee he, he?! This is a cocktail that tastes sweet and harmless but the combination of spirit plus spirit with a mixer of spirit is a lethal one!
The Bloody Mary is renowned as a hangover cure in a hair of the dog, let’s keep on the sauce kind of a way!
Warming heat of vodka plus silky smooth chocolate equals heavenly, boozy simplicity in a glass.
This flirtatious cocktail adds a bubbly, pineapple twist to a Cosmopolitan. If you are feeling frugal switch the champagne for a Prosecco (arguably a more palatable fizz at a fraction of the cost).
Vodka and Ice Tea and Iced Tea Vodka are two very different things. One is basically a cocktail while the other is a vodka infusion. Really the latter is just tea flavoured vodka that has been either artificially flavoured or infused using tea leaves. Brands of tea flavoured vodka are detailed below.
Pure boozy, chocolaty indulgence; these chocolate martin's should be sipped not gulped, especially seeing as they are both alcohol, alcohol mixed with alcohol!