Whether you're taking shots or making a mixed drink, you can never go wrong with a bottle of vodka. And while you may have a favorite brand, it's time to branch out a little! To help, we've compiled some of the most popular and beloved vodka brands so you can pick a new favorite or rediscover an old one.
From affordable bottles you should stockpile for cocktail making (and infusing!) to sipping vodkas you can keep for special nights, there's a little something for everyone. (P.S. Want to gift a bottle with a little something else? Your bar buddy will love these alcohol-themed presents.)
As famous for its clear taste as it is for its "unbreakable" stainless steel can, this vodka is filtered through sugar maple charcoal for a polished finish—one that won't taste like like nail polish remover, despite it's low price.
Olives aren't just for garnishing your martinis. As it turns out, they make a pretty good vodka, too. Just try this family-owned and artisan-crafted vodka made from the Grecian olives of Nafpaktos and see for yourself.
How could we make a vodka list and not include Grey Goose? It's the choice vodka of many because of its elevated taste, signature smoothness, and comfortable price point. And because of that clean flavor profile, it's as drinkable on the rocks as it is mixed into your favorite cocktail.
Smoke Point is not only a very cool name, it's an apt descriptor for this unique vodka. Hangar 1 uses smoke-tinged California Malbec and Merlot grapes that were exposed to the 2020 Glass Fire in Northern California. The resulting vodka has notes of allspice, licorice, and fruit. All proceeds from Smoke Point go to the California Fire Foundation.
Chopin wants to change how you think of traditional vodka. Instead of something you throw into a cocktail with more flavorful ingredients, Chopin vodka is all about bold flavor for true vodka lovers. You can get three different single-ingredient vodkas from the brand—potato, rye, and wheat. The potato is a favorite for its uniquely creamy, full-flavor profile.
Let's get this out of the way now: This bottle's insanely cool, yes, but that's not the only reason it ranks. The completely transparent skull acts as a symbol for just how pure this vodka is. Crystal Head Vodka is filtered seven times and has no added glycerol, citrus oils, or sugar. It's just plain, good 'ol vodka. Because of its purity, it's good in anything—but especially in fruity cocktails.
Another fan-favorite, Tito's has been around for more than 20 years. It hails from Austin, TX, but it's loved the world over—wouldn't you agree? The brand is able to keep a lower price point because of its simple bottle, but the taste veers high end. The liquor is distilled six times and made in old-fashioned pot stills, a process similar to what is done for fancy French cognacs. In the end, you have "a vodka that was so smooth you could drink it straight," as founder Bert "Tito" Beveridge says.
When you think of Belvedere Vodka, the word "authentic" comes to mind. The spirit company has been around for more than 100 years, and the vodka itself is made the way Polish tradition has dictated for 600 years. That's why the stuff is touted as having established the "super-premium vodka" category. It's a creamier vodka with notes of vanilla, perfect for cozy cocktails or drinking straight.
The word, and brand name, "Effen" tells you what you need to know about this vodka. It means "smooth, even, and balanced" in Dutch, and that's exactly what this spirit is. It's light, crisp, and clean, and you never experience that familiar burn that bottom-shelf bottles might leave. The brand is known for its delicious flavors like cucumber (perfect for Bloody Marys), but the original is a good jumping off point.
You've surely bought a bottle of Smirnoff before—though maybe not in the past 10 years. Can we sway you, though? This isn't just for shot-talking and newly 21-year-olds. Try appreciating the dryness of liquor with its smooth finish, which can make it a perfect mixer for all sorts of cocktails from sweet to spicy. Want the Delish recommendation? Put it in a Moscow Mule. You won't be sorry.
If you're not from New Zealand, you might not know about 42 Below—yet. The brand is certainly quirky (see one of its...interesting ads here!), but its vodka is ultra-pure. You'll be marveled at how clear the spirit is and how clean it tastes. And once you take a shot, you'll see why people love it so much. Despite being pure, it has a bit of character at the end, packing a black peppery bite. Just pop it in some soda with some ice and mmmmm.
You can see it right on the label: It's rare to find a vodka this good. Snow Leopard is the first luxury vodka to be made from rare spelt grain. This gives it a deliciously nutty taste unlike any other vodka you've tasted before. If that's not enough for you, consider the feel-good component: Fifteen percent of all profits from the spirit go to the Snow Leopard Trust.
This vodka is made from grapes (kinda mind-blowing, huh?), and screams quality. It's made from distilled Sonoma wine, which has a reputation that doesn't need repeating. As a result of the creation process, it's remarkably complex—and best enjoyed straight. That said, we won't tell if you sneak it into a martini instead.
Katie BourqueAs an Editorial Fellow for Good Housekeeping, Katie covers health, beauty, home, and pop culture.
Kristin SalakyNews EditorKristin Salaky is the news editor at Delish.com covering viral foods, product launches, and food trends.
Alexis MorilloAssociate EditorAlexis Morillo is the Associate Editor at Delish.com where she covers breaking food news and viral food trends.
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