P.I.N.K. Vodka Review
Quintuple Distilled Vodka, Infused with Caffeine and Guarana
Imported from Holland
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: Around $40
So it just dawned on us that we haven't done the full review of P.I.N.K. vodka yet, as we promised a couple weeks ago. We did try it on the air during our recent podcast appearance, but we haven't committed any of those thoughts down in written form. The overall consensus was that P.I.N.K. is good stuff, and if you listen to the 'cast you'll hear some off the cuff notes while we drank vodka at 10 AM. After all, P.I.N.K. is caffeinated and infused with guarana (reputed to crank up your metabolism, along with your sex drive), so what better time to drink it than when you're just shaking the cobwebs off whatever you drank last night?
Read on for tasting notes and more information.
P.I.N.K. vodka is clear as a bell, even though we expected it to have a pinkish tint when we opened the bottle. The bottle itself is pretty striking as well, made of frosted glass highlighted in fluorescent pink. All in all it looks striking, and as we noted during the podcast, the cap of the bottle looks like it would make a passable shot glass if you're in a jam.
In a perfect world vodka isn't supposed to smell like much of anything, and P.I.N.K. does a good job of that. There's a bit of an alcohol twang on your nose, but it's followed by a slightly floral scent and is very pleasing overall.
"P.I.N.K. vodka tastes...well...pink!" That's a quote from Blogpire podcast host and all around casino afficionado Russell Miner, and we can see where he's coming from. We tried P.I.N.K. straight and there wasn't the tongue-searing burn we associate with those vodkas on the lower shelves. In further testing, we also tried P.I.N.K. in chilled shots, which went down in a dangerously easy manner, mixed in a Tangerine juice screwdriver, and just on the rocks. Every way we tried it, P.I.N.K. impressed on all fronts.
We're the first to admit that we were about to rush to judgment on P.I.N.K. because of the name, which is obviously aimed at a different demographic than ourselves. This stuff kind of feels like it's being marketed to the Sex and the City demographic, or maybe a bit younger, but the marketing isn't as important as what's in the bottle, is it? All in all, we felt that its smooth taste and addition of caffeine made it worth getting a bottle, especially if you don't like the taste of energy drinks but want to get your pulse up a bit.
Oh, and how does P.I.N.K. measure up to Zygo, the other energy vodka we tried earlier this year? Well, they're different beasts since Zygo is peach flavored and P.I.N.K. is an unflavored vodka, but we actually would say they're about on par. Pick up Zygo if you're mixing fruitier drinks, grab some P.I.N.K. if you're going for something a little more stripped down, flavor-wise. Or, pick up a bottle of each and mix up a double-caffeinated cosmo - we recommend calling it the Heart Exploder.
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Posted by Jake at November 6, 2006 7:55 AM
Not that I'm some vodka expert but I went out and bought both pink and zygo as per your suggestion. First off, 40 bucks!! 40 bucks for a fifth of pink? They must be going after those Grey Goose cheese balls with gelled up hair and spray on tans. Zygo was only about 30 bucks out of my pocket. Me and my roommates polished off the bottle of pink on the first night and didn't feel a thing until the next morning and I can tell you this...it wasn't pretty. Even though I paided 40 bucks I'm willing to bet that pink is made from the same corn crap that skyy and absolut is made from. In the morning we saw the empty bottle in the kitchen and all the agreed that it looked like an evil shampoo bottle. DIE SHAMPOO BOTTLE, DIE!!!!!
Well on the next night, we were a little scared to have another pinky experience with zygo. After the 40 bucks we spent on pink we were just considering to say screw it, dump the bottles and go get a liter of Tito's handmade. But damnit, we were broke and Zygo was taking the rough waters to our liver no matter what that night. Well, not only is Zygo 10 bucks cheaper we actually had a good time. usually after a few red bulls I start to get gitters and then I know it was working, but Zygo just kind of started working and I noticed how good I felt....energized. Yeah and I didn't spend the next day staring into my bathroom mirrror wondering why I was hungover enough to consider the reflection in the thrid person. And yeah it's flavored, but who cares. Zygo just tasted good and didn't make me feel like ass in the morning (found out thanks to Liquor Snob they make it with Potatoes).
I will continue to take the Liquor Snob challenges, but pink made my ass pucker.