What is it about Flavored Vodkas?
Try Rokk Vodka Flavored and Unflavored
What do you look for in Flavored Vodkas? Chances are, you’re either looking for a very subtle enhancement to a vodka martini or you are wanting a pleasant fruity cocktail with no vodka aftertaste. As a martini drinker, I was after the former – a clean tasting vodka with just a hint of citrus, to be shaken and served up in a martini glass. In fact, I was not looking for flavored vodkas at all when I decided to try Rokk Citrus vodka for the first time. The review on the regular Rokk Vodka is below.
Often when I make Vodka martinis, I’ll put a slice of lemon peel in the shaker glass, just to give the martini a hint of lemon zest. I guess you could call these flavored vodkas, but there are a few drawbacks to making martinis this way:
- You always need to have a fresh lemon on hand
- Slicing a lemon adds extra time and effort to making your martini
- Finding Fresh Lemons is not always easy
Having a good fresh lemon on hand is not always possible. I always look for the bright, yellow lemons with a very thick peel. A good, fresh lemon makes all the difference in the world. Inferior, thin-skinned lemons make your drink tart, but they won’t give it that fruity, lemony taste. Good flavored vodkas should not be overly sour or tart.
Under-Rated Flavored Vodkas?
Rokk Citrus Vodka
So, while I was at Westminster Total Beverage shopping for a reasonably priced 1.75 Liter bottle of Vodka, I glanced at the numerous shelves of flavored vodkas and got an idea: Why not try a citrus vodka? Could a Citrus Vodka Martini give me that subtle, lemon zest in my martini with the fruitiness of other flavored vodkas? Why not give it a try. In fact, while I was picking up the bottle of Rokk Citrus Vodka, several other choices caught my eye: Black Cherry flavored Vodka, strawberry flavored vodka, orange flavored vodka … chocolate flavored vodka? Are you kidding me? I am still rather fascinated how a colorless vodka can come in so many diverse flavors, but I’m not exactly ready to give up a good old fashioned martini for such a fad, unless it really adds something to the drink with out making it sweet, fruity or syrupy. I was hoping the Citrus Vodka might give me a convenient way of adding taste of the fresh lemon flavor in my martini without turning it into some kind of foo-foo drink. I prepared the Citrus Vodka exactly as I would a regular martini; four ice cubes, shaken and poured up into a martini glass. At first taste, the lemony martini was not bad – in fact it was rather satisfying. However, by the time the drink was 2/3rds finished, I immediately recognized that it wasn’t providing me with the unbeatable, relaxing buzz of a good, old-fashioned martini. It tasted sweeter after every sip.
While I was comparing flavored vodkas at my Total Beverage Liquor store, I noticed there was one thing they all had in common: They were 75% alcohol instead of the usual 80% of pure Vodkas. This wouldn’t be a bad thing if not for the overly sweet flavor. I’m not completely against a lemon or orange-flavored vodka, if it adds a good citrus accent without too much sweetness. I am willing to give another brand a try. I would like to try an unflavored Rokk Vodka to compare to the Svedka Vodka which is also from Sweden. Most of all, I would like to try another Citrus Vodka in hopes to find one that matches my natural recipe of a lemon slice shaken with pure vodka.
Rokk Citrus Flavored Vodkas Rating
Overall Rating: 78 out of 100.
Rokk Vodka Rating
Rokk is considered a low-end brand of vodka, yet gets very good reviews. I’ve seen 1.75L bottles for as low as $15.95. Like Svedka Vodka, Rokk is from Sweden. The vodka is 40% ABV and gets a rating of 4 out of 5 stars from users on VodkaBuzz I think Rokk is a very balanced vodka. It doesn’t quite have the smooth vanilla characteristics of Svedka, but it does have a nice spice to it; almost like evergreen or walnut; or both. Give Rokk Vodka a try.
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