The Bottom Line
- Great combination of spice and fruit.
- A nice change of pace from single ingredient infusions.
- A vodka for gin lovers.
- 100% of profits go to five New Orleans charities.
- Limited availability (only 35,000 cases produced).
- Absolut Vodka infused with black pepper and mango.
- The first in a series of vodkas inspired by American cities.
- Imported by Absolut Spirits Co.
- Released in 2007.
- Retails for around $22/ 750ml bottle.
- 40% alc/vol (80 proof)A
Guide Review - Absolut New Orleans Vodka
The cocktails in which Absolut New Orleans shines are varied and numerous. It is spectacular in a Martini and makes a fabulous Moscow Mule, Vodka Tonic, Damiana Golden and French 76. Lately I've been opting for the Bloody Maria over the Bloody Mary because of a lack of punch from normal vodkas, but this New Orleans vodka put the spice back in my Mary. It's versatile, yes, but this vodka doesn't work in every vodka drink. The spice doesn't pair well with creamy drinks (although I have heard of a Milk Punch that may be good, but I haven't had it myself) or in some of the classic fruit mixed drinks (Cape Cod, Bay Breeze, etc.). Almost any drink with herbs is going to showcase the vodka wonderfully as well.
Cocktails from Absolut New Orleans:
The nose of Absolut New Orleans is very fragrant, filled with sweet mango, tangerine and rose. This vodka has a spicy entry that leads to an intriguingly complex palate filled with small bursts of spice making appearances through the velvety, steady fruit undertones. There's strong black pepper at the back that warms the throat and cools into a mellow fruit syrup with repeated snaps of spice on the tongue that last for quite a while.