October 4th - Happy National Vodka Day

Let’s celebrate our flavorite holiday!

The 4th of October is marked as National Vodka Day, which just so happens to be our favorite holiday. While this may have something to do with the fact that vodka is our favorite spirit, this year we’re also celebrating the diverse flavors of vodka, since it has been 30 years since the launch of our first flavored vodka Absolut Peppar.

While it may be hard today to imagine a back bar without a whole range of vodka bottles in different shapes, sizes and flavors. It was actually Absolut who were the first to bring out commercially flavored vodka, starting with Absolut Peppar back in 1986 and following up with Absolut Citron in 1988. Launching what would become a new category of flavored vodka and a revolution in cocktail creation.

That’s why this year we want you to celebrate with us, so we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite and most iconic cocktails for you to try your hand at recreating. And turn this National Vodka Day into a National Vodka Night to remember.

1) Absolut Original - Absolut Martini

Absolut Vodka was first launched in New York in 1979. It soon became the talk of the town, in the US and eventually the rest of the world.

To the Absolut Martini recipe.

2) Peppar - Bloody Mary

Absolut Peppar was launched in 1986, seven years after Absolut Vodka. Besides being the first flavored vodka in the family, it was also the first commercially produced flavored vodka in the world.

To the Bloody Mary recipe.

3) Citron – Cosmopolitan

Absolut Citron was launched in 1988, nine years after Absolut Original and two years after the first flavored family member Absolut Peppar. Its success was instant, and partly due to it being the main ingredient in the blockbuster drink The Cosmopolitan.

To the Cosmopolitan recipe. 

4) Vanilia - Vanilia Espresso Martini

Absolut Vanilia was introduced in 2003. Basically because vanilla is one of the most beloved flavors in the world. And it wasn’t long until that fact was reinforced through the instant success of Absolut Vanilia – it is almost equally popular as vanilla itself.

To the Vanilia Espresso Martini recipe.

5) Mango - Mango Sour

Just as fellow flavor Absolut Pears, Absolut Mango was introduced in 2007. The flavor, quite obviously, is based on mango – that in combination with the juicy taste, might very well be the reason behind the instant worldwide success.

To the Mango Sour recipe.

6) Mandrin - Mandrin Crush

Absolut Mandrin was launched in 1999, 20 years after Absolut Vodka. Since mandarin and orange are among the most popular flavors in the world, Absolut Mandrin was received with the same enthusiasm as the rest of the family members.

To the Mandrin Crush recipe.