Listen up, liquor lovers! We’ve been watching the trends and contemplating the aphrodisiac properties of various spirits and we think a new trend toward grape vodka may be what we’ve been searching for. That’s because the latest trend in boutique vodkas is to make your clean, clear spirit from premium wine grapes.
Despite the theory that vodka is to be a neutral spirit, a market for premium vodkas leads us to invest substantial sums into products that are supposed to have superior taste. It’s true that vodkas have differences in flavor, weight and texture. Think about it: would you rather take a shot of Smirnoff or Ketel One? Whether you answer the premium vodka, Ketel One, or not, I’ll bet you answered.
What does grape vodka taste like?
Most vodkas are made from grains although some of the more popular brands are made from potatoes. Through distillation and purification, the ingredients are transformed into a clear and highly alcoholic spirit. This is how vodka is traditionally made. But there is a rising trend to make vodka with grapes. But does grape-based vodka taste different than grain-based vodka?
The distillation of grapes definitely gives vodka some distinct differences from grain-based products. Grape vodkas tend to be smooth and they have a faint but distinct sweetness. I think of it as grape-yness, though it really doesn’t taste at all of grapes.
Is vodka made from grapes better for you?
The makers of one of the early entries into the grape vodka market, Idôl, claimed that grape-based vodka may have some of the same antioxidant benefits as wine. However, there’s been little scientific study to back up the idea that the antioxidant properties of grapes are present in grape vodka.
That being said, there is evidence that all vodkas, not just vodkas made from grapes, have potential heart health benefits similar to those of red wine. But keep in mind that vodka is still alcohol and should only be drunk in moderation.
Some grape vodka brands worth trying
There are several brands of grape-based vodka on the market. If you want to experiment with this spirit, here are a few brands you can try:
This article was written in 2007 and most recently updated in 2023
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