The first thing you’ll notice about Americana Luxury Vodka is the gorgeous, patriotic bottle. The red, white, and blue themes echo the goal of becoming a purely American luxury vodka. Americana is working its way into shops and bars across the United States with the goal of changing what people think of as “the vodka we drink when we go out.”
Americana Luxury Vodka is fairly flavorless in the mouth. If there is anything, there may be a very slight Russian-style bite. It sits well and doesn’t alter my mouth’s environment. The swallow is smooth and doesn’t even suggest the need to be chased. A light, pleasant ethanol flavor is left behind to remember the shot by.
The Mixed Drink
I mixed Americana Luxury Vodka with Sugar Free Red Bull, one part vodka for two parts mixer. It drank fairly well. The vodka accentuated the bitter flavors of the Red Bull a little, but was ultimately easy to drink. If mixed with something sweeter, it would probably go unnoticed.
I was lucky enough to have a few people over for a friend’s birthday while sampling Americana Luxury Vodka. The sample group was diverse with both males and females with varying degrees of vodka experience.
The majority found the straight vodka to be pleasant to drink. Daniel and JJ agreed that the vodka was smooth, didn’t require a chaser, and didn’t have much of an aftertaste. Others, such as Erin, Heather, and Miles noted the purity of the vodka, mentioning that they only noticed the ethanol flavors. Heather and Erin weren’t enthused by the shot, as they typically mix vodka, but their opinions were positive after getting over their knee jerk reactions.
I said above that Americana Luxury Vodka wants to change people’s perception about what vodka you should drink at a bar. For me, Stoli is the vodka I drink at bars because it is cheap and bearable. So, I did a side by side comparison. The Stoli, with it’s bitter flavors and chaser begging burn, didn’t fair so well next to Americana. While the prices I’ve found place Stoli a little lower on the pole, Americana is a better bang for the buck than Stoli and may be worth spending a little more for the better quality.
Whether you’re out on the town, or spending a night at home, Americana Luxury Vodka is a great vodka to sip or mix. If you can find it, and it’s easy to spot the most patriotic bottle on the shelf, it’s worth the experience. Grab a bottle before someone else does.