Belvedere Heritage 176 revives a distinctive flavor tradition

Belvedere Heritage 176, photo by Cristine Struble
Belvedere Heritage 176, photo by Cristine Struble /

With the Belvedere Heritage 176, complexity deserves a moment to be savored.

For Belvedere, rye is the heart of the brand and the Belvedere Heritage 176 looks to tradition and legacy to reveal the depth of flavor that quality ingredients can provide. Enjoyed simply, the Belvedere Heritage 176 lends itself to a discussion as it is slowly savored.

A recent offering from Belvedere, the Heritage 176 was developed via an older malting technique. Through the fire-kilned drying, the libation has a nuanced character. Although the older method might not be commonly used, the approach produces a flavor that deserves special attention.

In the recently released Belvedere Heritage 176, both vodka drinkers and non-vodka drinkers are learning to appreciate this new approach. Although some drinkers have turned toward lighter options and fruity twists, this spirit is best enjoyed in its simplest form. While not a just a drink enjoyed neat, it shouldn’t be overpowered by other flavors.

To highlight the depth of flavors in the rye, Belvedere recently partnered with the Doughnut Vault to show that a cocktail and a doughnut can be a lovely way to end an evening or relax on a casual afternoon. Borrowing inspiration from the nutty notes in the Belvedere Heritage 176, the Old Fashioned Doughnut balanced the character in the spirit. In an unexpected way, a vodka cocktail and a doughnut became alluring bed fellows.

While this spirit is meant to be enjoyed simply, highlighting the flavors revealed through the distilling process is a smart choice. Belvedere shared the following cocktail which builds on both the walnut notes and a touch of sweetness.

Here’s how to make the Heritage Style cocktail.


  • 2 oz / 60 ml Belvedere Heritage 176
  • .5 oz / 5 ml Honey Syrup
  • 3 dashes Walnut Bitters
  • Lemon Twist


  • Stirred into a rocks glass over large chunk of ice or large cubes.

It is best to use one big piece of ice which will slowly melt over the enjoyment of the cocktail. Also, consider a long lemon twist to wrap around the ice in the glass. Not only does it make a lovely visual, but the lemon oils add to the flavor enjoyment.

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Take a step back to tradition and pour a glass of Belvedere Heritage 176. Sometimes the past holds the key to delicious flavors.

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