Last night in London kilts and headdresses collided as two very distinct worlds united. It’s hard to imagine there has ever been a more amusingly incongruous marriage than Scotland and Brazil. Certainly the marketing minds behind Ballantine’s Brasil have been having fun with the idea. The launch's accompanying cocktail creations include the Highland Samba and the Glen Coco.
Miami is the most recent extension of Absolut’s limited edition City Series - which debuted in 2007 with Absolut New Orleans - and is flavoured with passion fruit and orange blossom.
Absolut Gräpevine is a permanent addition to the brand’s stable, taking its flavour combination of white grape, fruit and papaya from the “popular” San Francisco edition, released last May.
Launched January 1, both vodkas are available at bars, restaurants, nightclubs and retailers across the US, priced at $21 for 75cl and $26 for 1 litre.
Referring to Absolut Miami, Maxime Kouchnir, vice president of marketing for vodka at Pernod Ricard, said: “We’re excited to be honoring a city that has had such a profound impact on the pop culture conversation.”
According to Pernod Ricard USA, the Absolut Miami bottle features “bright, playful images of palm trees, flamingos, music tunes and martini glasses representative of Miami’s non-stop pulse”.
Absolut Gräpevine, which along with Absolut Miami carries an ABV of 40% (80 proof), is also available in 50cl bottles.
Kouchnir said: “The combination of white grape, dragon fruit and papaya makes the flavour so multi-dimensional, that you can make a sophisticated drink just by adding one ingredient.
“The versatility and unique taste profile of Absolut Gräpevine also makes it interesting for experienced bartenders. It mixes very well with a range of mixers and brings flair to any cocktail.”