Absolut Vodka is a Swedish vodka owned by Pernod Ricard. Absolut is produced entirely in the village of Ahus in Sweden and was previously owned by the Swedish government. Absolut is manufactured using winter wheat and was first introduced to the US market in 1979. In addition to producing fine vodka, Absolut’s major contribution to the world of spirits came in advertising. Absolut ran a series of ads and commercials which successfully portrayed Absolut as a sexy, sophisticated product for artists and trendsetters. Absolut was also among the first vodkas to introduce a wide range of flavored products to their line.
In addition to their classic vodka, Absolut also sells a wide range of flavored options; Vanilla, Mandarin, Peach, Pear, Raspberri, Kurant, Mango, Lime, Grapefruit, Apple, Citron. In addition to their flavored options, Absolut also manufactures some other products like standard vodkas and ready to drink cocktails.
- Absolut Elyx
Absolut Elyx is the Absolut brand’s answer to Grey Goose. Produced using winter wheat grown within 15 miles of the Absolut distillery, ELyx is distilled in antique copper column stills from 1921. It is then bottled in a stylized bottle with a copper color scheme. With a slightly high ABV, at 42.3%, this is a good vodka for a vodka martini or a vesper.
- Absolut Rainbow
Absolut Rainbow is a limited edition bottling of the original Absolut vodka, packaged in a rainbow bottle to support LGBTQ causes. Bottled at 40% ABV.
- Absolut America
Another limited edition bottling of the original Absolut, Absolut America comes in a bottle decked out in the American flag.
- Absolut Juice
Absolut Juice is a new product from Absolut, adding fresh juices to their classic vodka for a lower ABV flavored vodka. The idea is to simply mix absolut juice with soda water for an easy to drink and easy to make cocktail. Available in strawberry, apple, and pear elderflower flavors. Bottled at 35% ABV
- Absolut Cans
Absolut Cans is a line of canned, ready to drink cocktails produced by Absolut using their vodkas. Available in “Vodka Soda” style with flavors such as lime & cucumber, raspberry & lemongrass, and grapefruit & rosemary. Also available in “cocktail” style with flavors like Berry Vodkarita, Grapefruit Paloma, and Mango Mule.
Below are the latest Absolut prices.
|Absolut Citron Vodka||750ml||$21.99|
|Absolut Lime Vodka||750ml||$21.99|
|Absolut Strawberry Juice Edition||750ml||$20.99|
|Absolut Mandrin Vodka||750ml||$20.99|
|Absolut Vanilla Vodka||750ml||$20.99|
|Absolut Grapefruit Vodka||750ml||$20.99|
|Absolut Apple Juice Edition||750ml||$20.99|
As an alternative to Absolut’s original Vodka, there are many good options. On the higher end of the price spectrum, Grey Goose, Ketel One, and Belvedere are all solid options. But if you’re looking for comparable quality without the luxury price tag, Titos and Deep Eddy vodka are widely available.
Finding alternatives for their flavored line may be a bit more complicated. Flavored vodkas are already hit or miss, and with the less traditional range of flavors Absolut produces, finding exact flavor alternatives may get tricky. I suggest Stoli flavored vodkas for the basics like vanilla, citrus, raspberry, etc. For other flavors, you may find stoli has them, or another brand has something similar.
Another good product line to check out is Deep Eddy, as they have some less common flavors. Ketel One, Ciroc, and Grey Goose all have excellent flavored vodkas at higher prices. Finally, it may simply be easier to buy an affordable bottle of your preferred basic vodka and infuse it yourself with fresh fruit, herbs, or spices. It’s quite easy to make a homemade flavored vodka if you have time and plan it out in advance.
Absolut Elyx Dirty Martini
- 2.5 oz Absolut Elyx Vodka
- .5 oz Olive Brine
- .5 oz Dry Vermouth (Optional)
Shake, strain, Garnish with one or three blue cheese stuffed olives.
If you opt for using Vermouth in this cocktail, make sure it’s been properly stored in a refrigerator with a cap secured and isn’t oxidized bile. Nothing ruins a martini faster than spoiled vermouth, and many bars and bartenders don’t realize vermouth can spoil, which has led to a huge part of America’s drinking population mistakenly believing that they hate vermouth. Also, when it comes to garnishes like olives, even numbers are often considered bad luck.
- 3 oz gin of your choice
- 1 oz Absolut Elyx Vodka
- ½ oz Cocchi Americano
- Lemon Twist
Stir with ice, strain up, garnish with the lemon twist.