I’ve seen Integré (called Integre from here on) in the store, but I always passed it off as a Pinnacle clone. My friend Moody brought a bottle over the other day. He doesn’t drink, but said his friend had suggested it. So, I gave it a try.
Integre walks a tough line as a straight vodka. The first time I tried it, I liked it a lot. The second and third, I’m not really pleased with it. Like Pinnacle, the taste is bitter and only gets bitter. Unfortunately and unlike Pinnacle, there is a bit of a burn on the way down. To boot, the aftertaste isn’t very pleasant, either.
The Mixed Drink
I mixed Integre with orange juice and Diet Sierra Mist, a different take on a screwdriver that I enjoy. Integre mixes well, though I was mixing at about 1 ounce of vodka to 3 ounces of mixer. There is a slight hint of vodka in the cocktail, but it still drinks well. Integre is a pretty good vodka to mix with for the price.
Moody liked it well enough, and other folks that tried it with us the first time enjoyed it. Upon second tasting, I wasn’t impressed, but it works well in a sweet cocktail. I wouldn’t get this vodka normally, but it’s not a bad choice if you plan on mixing.