Pinnacle is a fairly new brand of vodka founded in 2002 and owned by the American manufacturer of spirits Beam Suntory, which also owns other popular brands such as Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, and Knob Creek. During its genesis, Pinnacle is distilled five separate times in the legendary Cognac region of France, known as the “Spirit Valley”, which improves the overall smoothness and helps remove any impurities resulting in a clean vodka with less bite.
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Pinnacle is a fairly smooth easy drinking vodka coming in at a standard 70 proof (35% ABV). If however, you want something that offers a bit more kick, a 100 proof (50% ABV) version is also available. One of Pinnacle’s defining features, however, is its breadth of specialty flavors available at the 70 proof level. While distilled in France, Pinnacle takes a unique turn upon entering the United States where much of the base product is specially blended to create the diverse and unique flavored vodkas in the Pinnacle line up.
Boasting 30 different flavors that will be broken down below, the Pinnacle line up has something for every taste and occasion. Whether you want coffee, or citrus, sweet, or spicy, there is a Pinnacle flavor for you, and plenty of room to mix and match.
Pinnacle Vodka Cost
Pinnacle vodka prices will of course vary greatly by region but typically a 750 ml bottle can be purchased from your distributor of choice for between $11.99 to $14.99. At a rather affordable price, some may scoff at Pinnacle as a lower shelf vodka, but we would caution drinkers against making such a rash judgment, however. While the price point may not be at the upper end of the vodka spectrum, it is important to note that cost alone does not denote a good liquor. Pinnacle is surprisingly smooth and drinkable, and in fact, the most highly awarded Vodka in France.
|Pinnacle Original Vodka||750ml||From $12.99||80|
|Pinnacle Flavoured Vodkas||750ml||From $12.99||70|
|Pinnacle 100 Proof Vodka||750ml||From $14.99||100|
30 Pinnacle Vodka Flavors, and Mixing Ideas
In order to best breakdown all 30 unique flavors the following section will give a brief description of each flavor and a few mixing ideas ordered by type. We will go over indulgent, tropical, summer, berry, and finally spicy. It is important to note that if there is a particular flavor you want but can’t find, fear not! You may not get it that day, but most distributors are more than happy to put an order in for whatever flavor you need.
7 Indulgent Flavor Varieties
- Pinnacle Whipped
The frontrunner of Pinnacle’s flavored vodkas “whipped” adds a light creamy flavor with hints of vanilla, very reminiscent of whipped cream. Created using natural flavoring whipped offers a nondairy, vegan-friendly way to add a creamy note to any drink.
A shot of Pinnacle whipped added to your favorite orange soda becomes an amazing boozy creamsicle, or just choose your favorite soda or flavored seltzer to make a delicious mock alcoholic float, which is also dairy-free.
Add one part peach schnapps to one part Pinnacle whipped for a delightful peach and cream shot that is smooth and sweet and goes down easy.
- Chocolate Whipped
From the great success of whipped, we received chocolate whipped. Delicious milk chocolate with the same light and creamy backdrop of the original whipped.
Chocolate whipped can easily be substituted for standard vodka in a White Russian offering up some chocolate goodness while bolstering the creamy profile of the drink.
Drop a shot into some coffee, feel free to add some creme de menthe, peppermint schnapps, or hazelnut liqueur.
Citrusy orange notes and aroma blended with creamy whipped topping.
Add a shot to some seltzer or soda water for a delicious low-calorie drink. It also mixes well with orange juice. It’s a nice addition to many chocolate-based cocktails.
A vanilla cake with a buttercream frosting, certainly one of the sweeter options. For an easy crowd-pleaser, add some pineapple juice, and grenadine for a pineapple upside-down cake. You can mute the sweet flavor by adding seltzer or soda water, or by adding a shot to some coffee.
- Double Espresso
It’s definitely a rich profile of coffee in taste and aroma. Many people can just do a shot of this stuff and be satisfied. It also goes well in a coffee lovers white Russian.
Over ice, you can also easily add some Irish cream (bailey’s and the like) and whatever tickles your fancy, peppermint schnapps, hazelnut liquor, orange liquor. Add some milk or cream if you need to further dilute.
- Salted Caramel
It has a soft chewy caramel taste with a hint of salt and a sweet sugary aroma. You can add to some chocolate milk for a quick tasty drink. It’s also very good in coffee.
Sometimes the title says it all. This flavor offers a nice vanilla profile. It’s a wonderful substitute to give your white Russian a little something extra. It’s delicious when just mixed with your favorite soda or orange juice.
8 Tropical Flavor Varieties
As the name says, it has a cherry flavor with a hint of vanilla. It’s great as an addition to coconut vodka and pineapple juice. It’s also a wonderful addition to a cola or other sodas.
It’s coasted coconut with a hint of vanilla and is great with pineapple juice. You can add a bit of cherry vodka or grenadine to elevate the drink. If you have some lime handy that always pairs well.
It mixes well with a variety of other tropical-flavored vodkas and once you add some ice, and some seltzer, soda water, or lemon-lime soda, you are set.
- Ruby Red Grapefruit
Citrus notes with a similar aroma. It can not go wrong with ice and seltzer or soda water.
- Kiwi Strawberry
A tropical blend favorite, it is not often you see a kiwi without strawberry. Seltzer or soda water is always an easy choice for the flavored drink.
We’d recommend you grab some kiwi strawberry juice, or apple juice, and some ice.
Tropical mango notes.
Mango is a support main, which means that mango’s own flavor profile intensifies and brings out the best in many other tropical fruits. Add on its own or with any other tropical fruit-flavored vodka to soda water, seltzer, or juice.
Tropical pineapple taste and aroma.
Pineapple is a quintessential tropical flavor, add this to your pineapple juice and be sure to throw in some coconut vodka or rum, lime is always a nice addition if you have it on hand. If you have some cake vodka on hand add this along with pineapple juice and some grenadine or cherry vodka for a super boozy pineapple upside-down cake.
Tart and sweet fruit flavor. It goes surprisingly well with some cucumber vodka in seltzer or soda water.
- Tropical Punch
Cherry and Pineapple driven aroma, with a blend of tropical fruit in the flavor profile. It’s very easy to mix in juice, seltzer, or soda water.
14 Summer Flavor Varieties
- Cherry Lemonade
Citrusy lemon flavor mixed with sweet-tart cherry. It mixes well with orange juice, tea, lemonade, cola, seltzer, or soda water, for a refreshing drink.
Citrus fruits led by a zesty lemon flavor. It mixes well with orange juice, cranberry juice, tea, lemonade, cola, seltzer or soda water.
Crisp apple taste with a tart cranberry contrast. It mixes well with apple juice, cranberry juice, tea, seltzer or soda water.
Cool crisp refreshing cucumber with a mild sweetness. It easily mixes with seltzer or soda water, adds some mint if you have it on hand for an extra refreshing drink.
- Cucumber Watermelon
Watermelon aided by refreshing cucumber.
Strong citrusy orange flavor. It mixes well with other vodkas, orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, seltzer, soda water, lemon-lime soda.
Sweet and succulent peach flavor. It mixes well with orange juice, cranberry juice, seltzer, soda water, and lemon-lime soda.
Dark blueberry mixed with bright strawberry. It mixes well with lemonade, seltzer, soda water, lemon-lime soda, or cranberry juice.
Strong blackberry notes. It mixes well with apple juice, orange juice, other berry-flavored vodkas seltzer, soda water, or lemon-lime soda.
Sweeter blueberry forward taste. It’s great in lemonade, lemon-lime soda, seltzer, or soda water.
Sweet grape flavor emulating concord grapes. It mixes well with cranberry juice, seltzer or soda water.
Strong tart raspberry taste.
It mixes well with lemonade, lemon-lime soda, seltzer, soda water, or a nice addition to a chocolate driven mixed drink.
A combination of raspberry and strawberry. It mixes well in lemonade, lemon-lime soda, seltzer, or soda water.
Sweet strawberry with hints of vanilla. It mixes well in lemonade, lemon-lime soda, seltzer, and soda water.
1 Spicy Flavor Variety
Slight sweetness upfront with spicy chili pepper kick, some zip in the aroma as well.
You can add to some hot chocolate for a spicy boozy twist. It’s also a nice addition to a bloody mary.
If you are looking for an alternative vodka at a similar price point consider Deep Eddy’s or Smirnoff as each has some good flavored selections within a few dollars of Pinnacle.
With five flavors available from Deep Eddy’s you don’t have quite the same level of choosing power, but you can select from a few of the most classic flavors for a vodka soda, or if you choose one of their more southern flavors like Peach or Sweet Tea you can easily mix either of these with lemonade or tea to instantly have a lovely little taste of the south. Each Deep Eddy’s flavor also has a very vibrant color which can make for very aesthetically pleasing looking drinks.
Smirnoff offers fifteen flavor choices many of which overlap with options from Pinnacle, but just as Coke and Pepsi have different tastes it may be worth exploring which of these brands you enjoy more and feel presents a particular flavor better. Smirnoff does offer some unique flavors as well such as the rather popular Green Apple flavor.