Absolut Vodka Releases Limited-Edition 'Texas' Flavor

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The new Absolut® Texas is pretty good-looking. But how does it taste?
Since 2007, Absolut Vodka has been releasing a limited-edition flavor based on an American city every year. The first one was New Orleans, followed by Los Angeles, Boston, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago.

This year, the company has decided to create its first-ever state-inspired vodka in honor of Texas. Because, you know, it wouldn't make sense to pick a Texas city since they're all the same and whatnot. Just kidding; we're flattered!

And the Texas flavor, though not inherently Texan, exactly, is pretty darn good.

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"From the unique Southwestern flavor to the one-of-a-kind bottle design. Absolut® Texas is our biggest and boldest limited edition flavor to-date," wrote Absolut Vodka's brand director, Afdhel Aziz, in a press release. "Absolut® Texas was truly designed as a celebration of all the best that contemporary Texas has to offer."

The bottle features a design by San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz: a "cosmic caballero" cowboy boot and the image of Absolut® founder Lars Olsson Smith wearing a cowboy hat.

So what's the super-unique and ingenious Texas flavor? Cucumber and Serrano Chili.

The serrano chili (which I think should actually be spelled "chile" unless referring to the powder) I understand, but what's so Texan about cucumber? I remember getting big styrofoam cups filled with cucumbers and chili powder at paleta shops in Corpus growing up, but I think that's more of a South Texas thing than a Texas thing.

No matter, though, because the vodka is actually quite good. I'm not usually a fan of flavored vodkas, but a number of my coworkers and I tasted it and deemed it highly drinkable. It smells mostly like cucumber, and it tastes mostly like cucumber vodka, a popular ingredient in Bloody Marys. There's a hint of spice on the back end of it, though, and, of course, the vodka burn that hits you in your sinuses and the center of your chest.

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I think this would be great in bloody marys or margaritas made with vodka instead of tequila. Absolut included some recipes of its own that use Absolut® Texas, including the Tejano and the Tex N' Cran.

For what it's worth, the other regional flavors are:

  • New Orleans: Mango and Black Pepper

  • Los Angeles: Acai, Acerola, Pomegranate & Blueberry

  • Boston: Black Tea & Elderflower

  • Brooklyn: Red Apple & Ginger

  • San Francisco: Grape, Dragon Fruit & Papaya

  • Miami: Passionfruit & Orange Blossom

  • Chicago: Olive & Rosemary


Cheers, Texas!

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26 comments
dragonflics
dragonflics

PLEEAASSE keep this in your regular stock...it is soooo goood!!!

dragonflics
dragonflics

PLEEESE. Keep this as a permanent offer..it is sooo yummy!!!!

Jim Rassinier
Jim Rassinier

Had this last night. Tastes of cucumber with a strong pepper finish. I quite liked it.

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

It should probably taste like Dripping Springs Vodka which is made with artesian water from the hill country. Personally though, I am not a fan of the mineral-y taste. So I vote for it tasting like Tito's of Austin. (grin)

Kevin Lacobie
Kevin Lacobie

Smoky BBQ. Lapsoong Soochong-infused would be a close approximation.

Aldo Aceves
Aldo Aceves

Vodka shouldn't have a novelty flavor. But if I had to pick it'd be mesquite-flavored bacon. :)

McMillanswife
McMillanswife

Hairspray sweat and diesel fumes mid-palate, with hint of dirt and honeysuckle on the finish. Cool stuff!

Josh Webster
Josh Webster

I tried this. Don't know if it "tastes like Texas" but it was good.

Jeff Berlat
Jeff Berlat

I thought vodka was supposed to be odorless and tasteless...

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