Pros: tastes like whipped cream, inexpensive, easy to find
Cons: not the highest quality vodka, may be too sweet for some
My husband and I are regulars at the local watering hole on Saturday afternoons for lunch. The bartender knows us well and recently decided to experiment with a new vodka that they had just gotten in: Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka. I drank my usual mojito, but she decided to give my husband a cocktail containing root beer vodka, diet Coke, and the new whipped cream vodka. We had never heard of such a thing before, so we were happy to be her guinea pigs and check it out. On the way home, we actually stopped at the local liquor store to buy our own bottle of this stuff!
About This Product
Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka is one of the newest options in flavored vodkas. It contains artificial whipped cream flavor and contains 35% alcohol by volume which puts it at 70 proof. The front of the bottle states that it is "made with imported vodka from France" while the back says that it is produced and bottled in Maine, USA. One has to question the quality of the "imported" vodka, though, when a 1.75 liter bottle of Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka costs just $21 and is sold in a plastic bottle.
The company web site has 100 different recipes for this product. Some are predictable like the "Whipped Coffee Cream" (hot coffee, splash of half and half, and 2 ounces vodka), "Orange Smack" (orange juice and 2 ounces vodka), "Cream Smack" (ginger ale and 1 ounce vodka), while others are pretty out there such as the "Birthday Cake Shot" (vodka, 1 tbsp dry vanilla cake mix, 1/2 ounce Irish Cream, and 1/2 ounce half and half), the "Woohoo" (vodka and limeade), and the "Cotton Whipped" (1 ounce whipped vodka, 1 ounce cotton candy vodka, and Red Bull).
We liked our first exposure to Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka that afternoon at the bar and are still enjoying it. It really does taste just like whipped cream! You can discern the different cream and vanilla components in the artificial flavor. I never thought I'd like vodka with a flavor devoted specifically to whipped cream, but I really really do.
The "Root Beer Float" drink is something that you can have one of and enjoy, but it is too sweet for most people to drink for any length of time. We've also had it with orange vodka and a splash of OJ for a "creamsicle", mixed into coffee, mixed into hot chocolate, and chilled as a shot. This vodka is a bit rough if you try to drink it warm, but it becomes smoother if you chill it in a shaker for shots or even in a shot glass with a piece of ice to sip.
With our crew, this Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka will most likely be used for shots or as an ingredient in espresso martinis. We don't make many fancy frou-frou cocktails unless one of the guys brings a new girlfriend over. In that case, maybe we'd have to use it to make some kind of fancy frozen drink. Otherwise, I'm pretty sure that we'll be drinking it straight up.
I don't claim to be a vodka or alcohol connoisseur, though I certainly have imbibed my fair share over the years. Vodka purists will probably hate this whipped cream flavored vodka as will people who don't like their drinks to be particularly sweet. Less-picky people, fans of sweets, or just regular people like myself may really like this Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka. It certainly is cheap enough at $15 for 750mL and $20 for 1.75L that you can feel comfortable buying and experimenting with it yourself. We will definitely be buying this stuff again!