Vanilla Alcoholic Beverage Applications

Capturing nature in a bottle isn’t easy, but at Advanced Biotech it is part of our everyday routine.  We are constantly reinventing new ways to utilize the botanical gifts of planet Earth in our extract and distillate products. Vanilla is one of the most widely used flavors in the global food industry. A woody or smoky flavor and a sweet, perfumed aroma give vanilla its versatile taste, perfect for enhancing beverages, sauces, baked goods, and much more. One area in which we’re seeing vanilla’s popularity grow is adult beverages.


Liquors, premixed cocktails, and other favorites are getting the vanilla treatment this year as consumers discover the delicious kick that this spice can add to their glasses. Here are a few popular choices to inspire you to start creating your own:


Vanilla vodka


For vanilla in cocktails, vanilla vodka is the gold standard. There are so many possibilities using this popular and delicious drink–and plenty of room in the market for unique creations.


Some possible flavor combinations using vanilla vodka are Orange Creamsicle (orange juice, ice, fresh orange), Vanilla Escape (pineapple juice, raspberry liqueur, sour mix), Vanilla Vodka Creamtini (Irish cream, white chocolate, orange), Black Russian (cold brew, Kahlua), Vanilla Rain (lemon-lime soda, lime juice), and Sugar Cookie Martini (milk, Irish cream, amaretto).


Vanilla syrup


Vanilla syrup takes simple syrup to the next level with the addition of sweet, spicy vanilla flavor. You can use this syrup in a wide variety of ways, including in alcoholic beverages.


A few of the flavor blend options for vanilla syrup are Passion Star Martini (passionfruit puree, pineapple), Bon Bon (butterscotch schnapps, lemon juice, Limoncello), Vanilla Daisy (bourbon, lemon juice), Red Rum Martini (Cuban rum, lemon juice, red currants), and Jijo (Cuban rum, bitters, mango puree, orange juice).


Your unique creations


If thinking about delicious vanilla flavor combinations has inspired you to create your own, there’s never been a better time. Don’t know where to start? Some flavors that pair beautifully with vanilla include cherry (use whiskey or bourbon), fig (use whiskey, bourbon, or gin), almond (use whiskey or rum), cinnamon (use whiskey), orange (use tequila, vodka, rum, or whiskey), and coconut (use rum or vodka).


2020 is shaping up to be big for vanilla and adult beverages. You can choose from our natural flavor ingredients to achieve the taste that you want in your products, such as Vanilla Absolute Natural, Vanilla Complex Natural, and Vanilla Paste Bourbon. It’s a great time for alcoholic beverage manufacturers, bars, restaurants, and flavorists to experiment with flavor combinations involving vanilla.


Keep in mind that you may need special types of vanilla flavorings to interact properly with different liquors. Whatever it is that you need, Advanced Biotech can help.