Pinnacle Rainbow Sherbet & Strawberry Shortcake Vodkas

How To Best Enjoy These Sweet Vodkas

Pinnacle Vodka at the 2014 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival
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In the few years since we saw the first whipped cream vodkas, the market for dessert-flavored vodkas has exploded. One of the leaders of this trend has been Pinnacle Vodka.

The company's line now contains over 40 different flavors, with the majority attempting to replicate some of our favorite sweets and desserts. Pinnacle's Pumpkin Pie quickly became a favorite and their Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Sherbet are fun as well.

With these last two, the reviews are mixed. Both are great when mixed into cocktails, but when it comes to straight sipping and reflecting their namesake flavor, one is decidedly better than the other.

Pinnacle Strawberry Shortcake Vodka

Pinnacle has another winner with their Strawberry Shortcake Vodka. It seems that the brand is best when they take on cake and cream flavors and this one follows suit with their previous releases.

It is everything we love about strawberry-flavored vodkas. The difference is that Pinnacle added those sweetened whipped cream notes that they have obviously perfected. On top of that, the fragrance of shortcake is a far too tempting way to begin any drink.

The whipped cream and strawberry combination of this vodka makes it extremely smooth and refreshing. It is an ideal flavored vodka to enjoy chilled on its own. It is also a perfect candidate for cocktails and can be mixed simply with either soda or sparkling wine.

If you are in the mood for a frozen drink, blend this up with ice cream (strawberry is recommended) and milk. It also pairs well with cranberry and pineapple juices, peach schnapps, and chocolate liqueurs. This is a fun vodka that has many possibilities, so enjoy the experiments.

Strawberries 'N Cream

A very fun and tasty recipe, the Strawberries 'N Cream is a fun introduction to Strawberry Shortcake.

Enjoy this one for dessert or anytime you get a craving for the sweet side of drinks.

Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with crushed waffle cones and half of a fresh strawberry.

Pinnacle Rainbow Sherbet Vodka

I have mixed feelings about Pinnacle Rainbow Sherbet. On one hand, it is fun to mix with because it combines orange, lime, and raspberry with a touch of cream. Yet, if you're thinking that the vodka's taste straight out of the bottle will be reminiscent of a bowl of sherbet, you will be disappointed.

It is a good vodka, it just doesn't replicate its namesake in the same way that other bottlings from Pinnacle do.

Though I have not explored the full potential of Rainbow Sherbet, there are a few recommendations to pass along. The orange juice of a Screwdriver helps this vodka tremendously and adding a splash of ginger ale makes it even better. Also, mix this one in drinks with cranberry, watermelon, and amaretto. Keep the drinks tall or with boldly flavored mixers for best results.

Ruby Slippers

The Ruby Slippers recipe is fun and pairs this vodka with Pinnacle Cake.

This adds that sweetness I'd like to have seen in Rainbow Sherbet. 

  • 1 part Pinnacle Rainbow Sherbert Vodka
  • 1 part Pinnacle Cake Vodka
  • 2 parts half & half

Rim a martini glass with red sprinkles. Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into the glass.

More About Pinnacle Vodka

  • Flavored vodkas that are distilled five times and produced in France.
  • 35% alcohol by volume (70 proof)
  • Rainbow Sherbert and Strawberry Shortcake released in spring 2013
  • Retail for around $13 for 750ml bottle 

Pinnacle Vodka Website

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.