A few weeks ago on Twitter, the topic of meat flavored vodka made the rounds.
I saw a link to an article about Smoked Salmon Flavored Vodka, launched by the Alaska Distillery in Wasilla. This flavor follows a similar launch last year of bacon-flavored vodka, by the Seattle-based Black Rock Spirits. (Is it a coincidence that both of these strange spirits are coming from the Pacific Northwest area?)
Flavored vodkas are certainly popular, and according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, vodka is the highest selling spirits category in the country. But when I think of flavored vodka, I think of fruity stuff like raspberry and strawberry and grape. Not garlic or bacon or salmon.
The meat flavored vodkas were apparently intended for use in Bloody Marys, but bartenders and customers have found other uses for them. The article even mentions a drink called the "Luau," a vodka, pineapple juice, and butterscotch concoction that doesn't sound very tropical to me.
Have you tried an unusual flavor of vodka? Would you?