I’m a sucker for any flavored liqueur.
I will take all your dirty looks when I go to the bar and order a banana rum and Diet Coke until the day I die. The fruitier the flavor, the better, in my book. However, I’m going to be really real here: I pretty much always hate artificial watermelon flavor. It tastes so inherently manufactured that I can’t ever get on board with it. Then I met CÎROC Summer Watermelon, or what my friend likes to call it: Diddy vodka.
What Is CÎROC Summer Watermelon?
CÎROC Summer Watermelon is a limited-edition spirit. It’s the latest addition to Sean “P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Puffy, please pick a nickname already,” Combs’s CÎROC brand of vodkas that he made in collaboration with DJ Khaled. Who, let’s be honest, we’re still mad at because of his selfish habits in the bedroom. And, no, we’re not just talking him stealing all the covers.
CÎROC Summer Watermelon starts with vodka that’s been distilled five times from fine French grapes and finished in a tailor-made copper pot still in Southern France, which if you’re used to drinking birthday cake vodka, probably sounds fancy. But to someone like me who is clearly a very serious spirit connoisseur? Well, it also sounds fancy.
But, like other flavored liqueurs — isn’t truly vodka. It’s a spirit made with vodka that’s been infused with other flavors, including watermelon.
What Does CÎROC Summer Watermelon Taste Like?
Look, we get that Diddy was trying to capture the spirit of summer in a bottle, because after all, watermelon is an iconic summer fruit. But, it doesn’t taste like juicy, refreshing watermelon. It tastes like every other artificial watermelon food, drink, and candy on the market. Have you ever wanted to drink Watermelon Bubblicious gum? Then you, my friend, are 100% in luck. In fact, it even smells like Watermelon Bubblicious!
But you know how when you start chewing Watermelon Bubblicious and you just kind of can’t stop? That’s how CÎROC Summer Watermelon is too. Does this mean I’m now reevaluating my stance on artificial watermelon flavoring? Yes, yes it does. Does the fact that I was drinking this while listening to “Bad Boy for Life” have anything to do with that? Maybe.
Where Can I Get CÎROC Summer Watermelon?
CÎROC Summer Watermelon won’t be around for long, so snag the red ombre bottle from Reserve Bar, Total Wine, BevMo, or your local liquor store before all the real housewives and Tri Delts beat you to the punch.
5 More Summer Vodkas That Don’t Taste Like Alcohol
If watermelon isn’t your thing, and trust me, might I suggest these other summer vodkas? Because, here’s the thing. Bring one of these to a party and even your skeptical whiskey-loving friends will drinking these with you by the end of the night.
Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit and Rose
I’m not too keen to drink anything with a floral flavor but the grapefruit flavor here is more pronounced than the rose.
CÎROC Summer Colada
CÎROC is also bringing back another fun summer favorite with the CÎROC Summer Colada, which is basically a pina colada in vodka form. Take that, rum!
Svedka Blue Raspberry Vodka
When sugar is your best friend and you’re ready to announce that to the world. Because after three shots of this that’s pretty much all you’ll be doing.
Infuse Spirits Peach Vodka
You can’t get more real than the fruit flavor in this vodka — it’s made with actual peaches. Add a splash of it to milk or vanilla ice cream and make Anthony Burgess roll over in his grave.
Nemiroff Honey Pepper Vodka
This Ukrainian vodka makes a great Bloody Mary base. It used to be a tough one to get, but its distribution has grown in recent years and now you can find this slightly sweet, slightly spicy vodka almost anywhere. Just like Russian hackers!