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7 Great Reasons to Drink Vodka Instead of Rosé this Summer

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Drink vodka, not rosé this summer - Supercall - Ketel One Botanical
Sarah Robbins

Look, I think it’s time for you to break up with rosé. Last year might have been fun together, but I’m pretty sure you can admit the novelty’s finally faded now—even if the pink wine stains on your clothes have not. May we suggest a smooth, classy, and well-established alternative? Vodka. It’s lower in calories, has no carbs, and can provide the kind of variety you just can’t get from pale pink wine. If anyone asks why you moved on, here are seven solid reasons (plus a bonus one!) to explain your decision, and never look back.

Rosé is highly acidic. Vodka is not!

Acidic foods and drinks can be a nuisance to our bodies—they are more prone to wear down teeth, produce acid reflux and kidney stones, and upset the stomach than non-acidic foods. Alcohol has acidic content, but compared to other adult beverages, vodka lands on the less acidic side of the scale, with a higher pH than both wine and beer.

Vodka contains zero tannins, sugars, and artificial sweeteners

Vodka is usually distilled several times and filtered even more times than that, and the resulting solution of 60% water and 40% vodka is unadulterated, meaning it’s free of sugars, artificial sweeteners, and congeners (which are byproducts of fermentation that, if not filtered out, leave trace amounts of chemicals such as acetone, acetaldehyde, and tannins). Also: No carbs, so any issues with that beach bod you’re working on, well, they’re not vodka-related.

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No wine breath

There are few things worse than wine breath in a social setting. Not only will you never get that from vodka, friends, but you can also create your own breath-freshener with the stuff: Just add cinnamon to it, and leave the breath mints behind. Mythbusters approved.

No gnarly stains

In addition to various seasonal adult beverages, you know what else gains popularity in the summer? Wearing white. And those rooftop, deck, and patio parties can get crowded; accidents can happen. With wine, those accidents leave a literal mark. Vodka, on the other hand, is colorless and essentially odorless, leaving you to choose fearlessly from the full range of options in your seasonally rotated closet.


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There’s a brand-new option out there from Ketel One

It’s called Ketel One Botanical, it’s vodka distilled with real botanicals, and, when mixed with soda and fresh garnishes, it takes the classic combo to an exciting new place. Available in three varieties—Cucumber & Mint, Grapefruit & Rose, and Peach & Orange Blossom—Ketel One Botanical has no added sugar, and no artificial sweeteners or flavors. It’s a summer-drinking game-changer.


Vodka is more flexible; it fits any occasion in any season

Vodka is down for casual, or more formal, depending on what your mood—or the occasion—is that night or afternoon. A versatile base that can complement an endless array of ingredients, vodka can be mixed into cocktails savory, sweet, sour, or spicy. Vodka drinks can be engineered for any season and any event, from pre-dinner at a white-tablecloth restaurant to hanging out on the deck at home.

Vodka has fewer calories

As anyone who’s ever fought the Battle of the Bulge (which is pretty much everyone) will tell you, cocktails can contain all sorts of hidden calories. And summer is probably the last time you want to be onboarding those kinds of extras. Did you know you can order (or make) a vodka cocktail—a legit, tasty drink—that totals less than 100 calories? It’s true. Keep it all-natural, focus on the garnishes, and you don’t have to sacrifice flavor along with calories.

Drink vodka, not rosé, this summer - Supercall - Ketel One Botanical
Sarah Robbins

Vodka Soda > wine spritzer

There are plenty of reasons why the Vodka Soda is a go-to drink for so many people. It’s crisp, it’s lower in calories than many other options (including wine spritzers), and it’s super simple. Beyond those reasons, you can step up your Vodka Soda in a lot of ways that don’t involve boosting its calorie count by much. You can also customize it for each of the four seasons. It’s a great blank canvas, endlessly versatile and adaptable.

Bonus reason! You can use it to keep your table flowers alive longer

According to some sources, when you add a few drops of vodka to the water in your vase of flowers, it delays wilting by inhibiting the flower's production of ethylene—a ripening gas that plants emit. Try it the next time you bring home a fresh bouquet for your SO that you can both admire over a couple of vodka cocktails.