New Amsterdam Red Berry is finally a flavored vodka I enjoy

By 09.19.12

I finally caved to peer pressure and started to try a few different flavored vodkas. They aren’t normally my cup of tea because I like to pretend I’m manly, but it turns out New Amsterdam makes some pretty solid booze.

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My biggest complaint about flavored vodkas isn’t actually that they’re girly, because they aren’t. Sure most are only 70-proof, but I can throw back more than enough vodka-rocks in an hour to get wasted responsibly intoxicated. My main objection is that they end up being absurdly sweet. Unless you’re cleverly crafting a cocktail, it is way to overbearing. That’s the reason I actually like the New Amsterdam’s Red Berry. It tastes almost as if you I soaked fruit in regular vodka for a little while instead of dumping syrup and sugar in the bottle.

At only $15 a bottle you have room to toy around without worrying that every drink must be perfect. I started, as I usually do, by drinking it straight. I spent quite a few years ordering vodka-rocks at the bar, and based on the looks people gave me that’s apparently not normal. If that’s your style though, rest assured it works with this stuff. It’s distilled 5 times so it’s as smooth as freshly sanded Ron Swanson furniture. I naturally moved onto Red Berry (strawberry and raspberry) and tonic. I’ve mentioned before how important quality tonic is, so if possible pay up for the good stuff like Fever-Tree or Q. The drink, I’m ashamed to say, was delicious. I made a second one not for the sake of experimentation, but because I wanted one.

There is also a peach version that I tried, but it was just a little too sweet for me. Good vodka, just not one to which I’d go back. If you were really excited for a peach vodka though, don’t despair. Four out of the five others that I was drinking with loved it. That’s a perfect example of why I don’t often slam products!

If you’re going to give it a whirl, you can find cocktail recipes on their website. I’m always a big fan of just making them up as I go though. And if you are actually interested in upgrading your tonic, Fever-Tree is $31 for a 24-pack of 6.8-ounce bottles on Amazon, and shipping is free.

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