Flavoured vodkas have only recently become fashionable, but the earliest vodkas were always flavoured, though that was entirely due to necessity. When commercial distillation got underway, during the 14-15th centuries, the original technology was obviously crude, and distillers lacked the ability to rectify ('purify') the spirit.
A spicy flavoured vodka from Absolut, mixing up sweet apple and fiery ginger for a perfect winter cocktail base. Ripe red apples are used in the production and, as with all Absolut flavours, no sugar is added whatsoever.
Absolut Mango is produced entirely from natural ingredients - mainly Swedish water from a deep well, winter wheat and mangoes. It has proved a huge hit since it was first launched back in 2007 and when you taste it, you'll understand why.
A set of three 20cl bottles of Boru Irish vodka. Comprising one each of their black, citrus and orange expressions, these are triple distilled and then gently filtered through ten feet of Atlantic Irish oak charcoal.
Zubrowka is one of the best Polish vodkas available, flavoured with a special kind of aromatic bisongrass that is so prized that it costs £400 per kilo. Long-renowned for its luxurious flavours and stellar quality, Zubrowka is simply outstanding with apple juice, especially the posh cloudy stuff. IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Vodka
Figenza Fig Vodka Liqueur is produced by the Behn Family of Eckenforde in Germany who have been making liqueurs since 1892. Made using hand-picked figs from Greece and Turkey, this is best served in a 'Figtini', in a martini glass on the rocks with a slice of fresh fig.
A fruit vodka from Absolut, combining tangy Acai berries with pomegranate and bluberry for a zingy spirit. These are then blended with vodka distilled from southern Swedish grain. Serve with sparkling water for a deliciously refreshing long drink.
A cult Polish vodka, Cytrynowka is flavoured with lemon peel and leaves and is dry and full-bodied in the traditional style. Cytrynowka has a rich tradition, having been made in Poland for hundreds of years
An excellent sweet tea infused vodka, made at the Firefly distillery on Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina and perfect for long drinks. Distilled four times, the spirit is infused with tea grown just five miles from the distillery and then blended with sugar cane from Louisiana.