Are you wondering what the best Absolut flavor is? Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed at the liquor store because there are so many Absolute Vodka flavors available. Of course you could just buy a bottle of each and do a side by side tasting. However, this is not the ideal situation for most of us. Don’t worry! We turned to bartenders, liquor store owners, and scoured online polls to give you America’s top ranked Absolut flavors.
Absolut Vodka is not a new premium vodka by any means. Since production began nearly 50 years ago in 1979, Absolute has been rebranding and releasing new flavors to ensure they hold their spot at the top of the extremely competitive market.
THE MANY FLAVORS OF ABSOLUT
Absolut currently has 25 products available in the US (including their bottled cocktails and juices). Out of those, there are 16 vodkas being sold counting the original and Absolut Elyx. Internationally, Absolut has 39 products in their portfolio.
While this is a list of Absolut’s most popular flavors, just remember: The best flavor is the one that YOU enjoy drinking the most. To further assist, we’ve included some tasting notes and cocktail recommendations. Hope this eases your decision making process! Cheers!
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Tasting Notes & Cocktail Ideas
#14 Absolut Peppar
While this one might not be for everyone, it is our staff’s go to for Bloody Marys! It certainly packs a punch and will definitely spice up your brunch routine! We’re huge fans of the kick that comes from this bottle! Not to mention, this was their first flavored vodka and it was launched in 1986! Just because it’s not ranked as the best Absolut flavor, we still think you should give it a try!
Tasting notes: This vodka opens with a smack of black pepper. There is a touch of smoked paprika, green olive and bacon. The finish is spicy with a jalapeño kick.
#13 Absolut Grapefruit
A sibling to the other citrus flavors, Absolut Grapefruit is a newcomer. A reimagined, upgraded version of the Ruby Red which was discontinued years ago, this bright citrusy vodka has just the right amount of sweet fruit and acid.
Tasting notes: zesty grapefruit flavor with subtle hints of tangerine and a bright, balanced citrusy kick.
#12 Absolut Kurant
The sweet blackcurrant berry ripens in July and this spirit is a tribute to Swedes enjoying summer after surviving their long, cold and dark winters. Scål! Unlike many flavored vodkas, t’s made exclusively from natural ingredients and doesn’t contain any added sugar.
Tasting notes: Super smooth packed with blackcurrant flavor. There are some oily notes with a slight vanilla and floral undertone.
#11 Absolut Mandarin
Ah, the sweet little citrus treat. Absolut’s Mandrin vodka was their response to the orange flavored vodka trend. And in true Absolut fashion, this vodka is trendy but different enough to make it stand out from the competition.
Tasting notes: Bright sweet Mandarin orange flavor bursts in your mouth with the first sip. There’s a lingering finish with a touch of orange zest and tangerine.
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#10 Berri Açaí
Imagine fresh blueberries from Europe and North America mingled with fruity Asian pomegranate and smooth açaí from South America. That’s what Absolut Berri Açaí is, and it’s delicious!
Tasting notes: Fresh berry with a slight floral note. There’s a touch of bitterness followed by a hint of grape flavor.
#9 Absolut Pears
Delicate and fresh, Absolut Pear is no doubt a go to for bartenders especially when making fall cocktails.
Tasting notes: Aromas of bright, crisp pear lead to juicy ripe pear on the palate. It tastes like fresh pear juice squeezed into Absolut Vodka.
#8 Absolut Apeach
A relative of other stone fruits such as cherries and apricots, this cute, fuzzy sweet little fruit a is the perfect summer ingredient! Absolut Apeach was created in 2005 and has been gaining popularity ever since. Pool party anyone?
Tasting notes: Very balanced with complex notes of fruity apricot and peach. The finish is rich and smooth with a hint of tropical fruit.
#7 Absolut Elyx
Though this is not technically “flavored” it is a different flavor than the original Absolut so we decided it needed to be included in our list. The Absolut website states that this true luxury vodka was built on the principals of quality, integrity and craftsmanship. It is distilled in a manually operated vintage copper still from 1921! It is literally award winning liquid silk that is perfect for martinis or on the rocks!
Tasting notes: Silky smooth with a rich and velvety mouth feel. Full bodied with hints of cereal and creme brûlée. Finish lingers with a slight nuttiness.
Cocktail ideas: The Elyx Martini 2.25 oz AE .75 oz Lillet Blanc lemon zest. Elyx Spritz .75 AE, fever tree tonic, .75 elderflower liqueur, .75 lillet rose lemon
#6 Absolut Lime
Another from the popular citrus line, Absolut lime is crisp and refreshing and not overly-sweet. This makes it a favorite among bartenders and home aficionados. Use Absolut Lime for a new twist on any classic cocktail!
Tasting notes: Mouthwatering citrus with a recognizable flavor of freshly juiced lime. Smooth and crisp with a medium body.
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#5 Absolut Mango
This was the first tropical flavor to be released by Absolut. It was inspired by the King of Mangoes, Alphonso Mangoes. Nothing screams summer like a mango cocktail at a backyard barbecue! Ranking in the top five best Absolut flavors, this is a must try if you haven’t already.
Tasting Notes: Full bodied and juicy with rich mango flavor. The finish is sweet and fruity with pineapple and passion fruit.
Cocktail Ideas: Spicy Mangotini 1 oz AM .25oz Apeppar .75 lemon .75 mango puree .25 simple muddled jalapeño. AM & OJ 2oz mango, 5oz oj
#4 Absolut Vanilia
This spectacular creation will enhance just about anything from baked goods to coffee! This is definitely a sweet one, so there’s no surprise it ranked as one of the best Absolut flavors. Try adding it to an espresso martini or those cookies you’re about to make!
Tasting notes: Rich and decadent, full bodied with heavy sweet vanilla. The finish lingers with birthday cake and frosting.
#3 Absolut Watermelon
The newest released flavored vodka from Absolut with bright watermelon sweetness and ZERO added sugar. There’s no surprise that this one rose to the top of the charts so quickly! Grab a bottle today and experience one of Absolut’s best vodka flavors ever! Try it with soda to hydrate and refresh on those hot summer days!
Tasting notes: Sweet, juicy, mouthwatering watermelon all day! Full bodied with an elegant and complex finish.
#2 Absolut Raspberri
Fun fact: raspberry is not actually a berry! Technically it’s a drupe, but regardless, it is delicious! Not surprisingly, it’s one of Absolute’s best tasting vodkas! Popular for its versatility, Raspberri is easy to mix and tastes amazing.
Tasting notes: Aromas of luscious raspberry hit the nose as well as the palate. Ripe, juicy berries and raspberry jam
#1 BEST TASTING ABSOLUT FLAVOR
#1 Absolut Citron
Ah, the all time favorite of the citrus family and the best Absolut Flavor all around goes to Absolut Citron! Released in 1988, the lemon flavored vodka hit the market by storm and quickly became one of the most popular flavored vodkas in the world. Today it is their best selling vodka in the flavored category.
We’re not sure if its fame is synonymous with the Cosmopolitan or if it came on its own, but rest assured there are still many bars across the country that still make their house cosmo with Absolut Citron.
Tasting notes: Smooth and mellow with a touch of lemon zest and fresh fruity lemon. Bright citrusy finish that is crisp and refreshing.
Cocktail Ideas: Citron Cosmopolitan: 1.5 oz citron, .75 triple sec, .75 lime, .75 cranberry Lemon drop shot: 1oz citron, .5 oz lemon .25 simple