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Do Flavored Vodkas Have Sugar? Resolved (2023 Updated)

Last Updated on January 20, 2023 by Lydia Martin

The subtle palate of flavored vodkas and their high-alcohol content makes them an exceptional mixer, and it’s not surprising distillers keep releasing new vodka flavors simultaneously.

But the big question is – do flavored vodkas have sugar? And how much is in it? Keep scrolling to find out.  

Do Flavored Vodkas Contain Sugar? 

Absolut Flavored Vodka

Flavored vodkas may or may not have sugar, and this depends on the distiller.

Whether there’s sugar or not, and how much, some distillers may choose not to disclose this fact. 

Flavored vodkas are usually sweet, so we can assume it contains sugar. 

Besides, most distillers use flavorings – natural or artificial, which may contain sugar.  

When Can Flavored Vodka Have No Sugar?

Flavored vodkas may not contain sugar, and it’s possible due to the ingredients used in the crafting process. 

Unlike plain vodkas that don’t really have sugar in them, here are some points on how flavored ones may not contain sugar: 

  • There are flavored vodkas using natural flavoring ingredients.
  • Flavored vodkas with predominant flavor on their label; one example is raspberry vodka
  • There are wine-infused flavored vodkas, which impart a sweet taste.   

Why Does It Taste Sweet? 

pouring bottle of absolut vodka in mango

Assuming flavored vodkas are “sugar-free,” it could be because of the base ingredients used to craft a certain vodka, which varies depending on the brand or distiller. 

Generally, vodkas (plain and flavored) use maple syrup, corn, apple, and grapes as some of their ingredients.

These components relent sweet notes on vodkas, even without using flavorings or added sugars.  

Flavored Vodkas That Don’t Have Sugar  

Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions

This Zero Sugar Infusions from Smirnoff features 100% all-natural flavors, made from natural ingredients, with no sugar content. 

You can try the different flavors of vodka without worrying about sugar intake, including:

  • Strawberry Rose
  • Lemon & Elderflower
  • Watermelon & Mint
  • Cucumber & Lime

SVEDKA Pure Infusions

Svedka Dragonfruit Melon Pure Infusions Zero Sugar

Another sugar-free flavored vodka is SVEDKA Infusions [1]. Their Pure Infusions Line features all-natural flavors and 0% sugar. 

“Pure Infusions combines SVEDKA Vodka’s leadership in flavor innovation with natural flavors to offer consumers a unique, sugar-free1 way to enjoy their flavored vodka no matter the occasion.”

— Jaymie Schoenberg, Marketing VP for SVEDKA Vodka

SVEDKA Pure Infusions line features three bold flavored vodkas:

  • Strawberry Guava
  • Ginger Lime
  • Dragonfruit Melon

FAQs 

How much sugar does vodka usually have?

Vodka doesn’t have sugar; it’s just water and ethanol [2]. Sugar in vodka applies when it is flavored or infused due to the added ingredients to achieve the flavor.  

Can diabetics drink flavored vodkas?

Diabetics can drink flavored vodkas in moderation. But as much as possible, people with diabetes should opt for “sugar-free” flavored vodkas, like Smirnoff and SVEDKA zero-sugar infusions. 

Will flavored vodkas make you fat?

Flavored vodkas can’t make you fat if you’re consuming them in the right amounts. If you drink too much, calories in vodkas add up, increasing the chances of gaining weight.

Key Takeaways 

We can’t know for sure if flavored vodkas contain sugar or not.

Yes, there are natural flavorings and pure ingredients out there, but with all the sweet flavors we’ve tasted, it’s safe to assume that there’s sugar one way or another. 

Luckily, there are Smirnoff and SVEDKA Infusions, allowing us to drink flavored vodkas with zero sugar. 

One way to determine if a flavored vodka is loaded with sugar is by checking its sweetness according to its proof. Know that it’s hard to make vodka sweet with a high-proof without adding sugar. 

References:

  1. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/svedka-vodka-launches-svedka-pure-infusions-a-new-line-of-vodka-infused-with-natural-flavors-and-zero-sugar-301081969.html 
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/vodka-calories 

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