If you think of Svedka as that Swedish vodka, you couldn't be more right. The name is a mashup of the words Svenska (the Swedish word for “Swedish") and vodka. So simple it's brilliant. Its clean, crisp taste has led to a boom in popularity over the last few decades. The vodka outperforms its price tag, which is friendly enough to be a surefire party starter. Whether you go with the original or any of the Svedka vodka flavors, it's the perfect choice for any cocktail.
What Are the Types of Svedka?
At the beginning, Svedka sold only its trademark unflavored vodka, which pairs nicely in any vodka-based drink, such as a martini, Bloody Mary or Cape Cod. Today, it has expanded into the flavored realm with more flavors than a pack of Starburst. Popular offerings include peach, raspberry, citron, cherry and vanilla, as well as exotic tastes like grapefruit jalapeño, orange cream pop and mango pineapple.
How Should You Drink Svedka?
Like ways to win a game of poker, the possibilities are seemingly endless. Svedka is the perfect complement to hundreds of cocktails, but it's just as good on ice with a touch of water. For the vodka purist, Svedka makes a delicious shot either chilled or at room temperature. The only thing that you really need to add to Svedka is your own personal preference.
Which to Pick?
Svedka is your greatest ally when it comes to making cocktails, simply because of its versatility. To use its complex tastes to your advantage, start with your favorite drink and find a flavor that's likely to heighten the drinkability. For example, a greyhound is typically made from vodka and grapefruit juice. But adding Svedka's grapefruit jalapeno gives this classic cocktail a punch and spiciness that's unrivaled. Expanding on that same idea, a screwdriver, which combines orange juice and vodka, is that much better when you use Svedka's orange cream pop.
There's a ton of combos with Svedka-based drinks, and your creativity could lead to you enjoying a new go-to beverage.
Ultimately, the best way to select a Svedka is to try them on your own or ask your favorite bartender for a sampling. Many bars now stock several Svedka flavors, so it's not that difficult to find the flavor you crave. You could also just try a few at home, as Svedka remains one of the most affordable vodkas out there.
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