9 March 21
Stoli and Elit at the heart of Cosmopolitan magazines’ must-have vodka’s!
Put a finger down if your first experience with vodka was a plastic handle of your locally branded generic dancing juice you hid in your college mini fridge. Put another finger down if your mixers included Crystal Light, OJ, or any vending machine soda. Put another down if this experience has destroyed your ability to drink vodka without gagging just a little.
If you feel seen, know that the world’s vodka game has improved a lot since your college days with more brands experimenting with how they’re making it, infusing and distilling it with unique flavors. Give these 16 vodkas a shot (or two).
So if you’re ready to upgrade your bar cart, right this way.
Koval Rye Vodka
Made from 100 percent rye from Illinois farmers who mill it on site and filter it three damn times. FYI, rye vodka tastes slightly spice forward, making it bomb for a bloody Mary or citrus mixer.
A brand from The Diddy himself: It’s slightly pricey, but that’s because it’s made in the origin of fancy things everywhere: France. And! It’s made from grapes, which is kind of amazing. Expect some slightly fruity notes.
Broken Shed Vodka
This gluten-free vodka is apparently made with mineral water from a 15,000-year-old aquifer in the New Zealand’s Southern Alps and pure spring water from the North Island. So, yeah, it’s pretty freaking refreshing.
Made from winter wheat (aka the ideal type of wheat used to make PASTA), this brand is allegedly made in true Swedish fashion. That means it’s distilled five times and blended with spring watahhh.
Pearl Cucumber Vodka
Down for a personal recommendation? Cool. This cucumber flavored vodka is basically boozy spa water. Mix it with actual water (literally WATER!! It’s my go-to), a Bloody Mary, lemon lime soda, or straight up on the rocks.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
This bartender’s favorite is easy to find, easy to drink, and won’t make you go broke.
Kalak Single Malt Vodka
Made with malted barley, this unique Irish vodka has a smooth, creamy taste.
Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
This affordable classic is great in cocktails, from Moscow Mules to Bloody Mary’s.
Ketel One Botanical Cucumber and Mint
Kettle One’s Botanicals are slightly lower in alcohol and distilled and infused with natural flavors, making them perfect for mixing up a vodka soda…or three—you do you.
Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka
Admit it, you like the sound of rosé-flavored vodka—if it’s done right. Ask, and you shall receive.
Barr Hill Vodka
This award-winning vodka is distilled from raw honey, giving it a subtle hint of sweetness.
Zubrowka Zu Bison Grass Flavored Vodka
This Polish brand hit the U.S. less than 10 years ago. There’s a blade of buffalo grass in the bottle, which gives the spirit a delightfully herbaceous flavor.
Founded by actor Walter Goggins (from Justified) and his cinematographer buddy Matt Alper, Mulholland is one of the first spirits made in Los Angeles since Prohibition.
You’ll feel so, so good about drinking this smooth, potato-based vodka: For every bottle sold, the company funds 20 meals through partnerships with hunger relief programs.
Yes, dahling, this Soviet classic is absolutely fabulous.
St. George Vodka
This California vodka is made by distilling Bartlett pears. The end result doesn’t taste like pears, although it does have floral notes. Also, how cool is this dollar-bill inspired bottle?
St. George Citrus Vodka
Made by infusing and distilling three types of oranges, this is a top pick if citrus-flavored vodkas are your jam.
This premium brand is made from rye and potatoes, giving it a little something extra.
Crystal Head Vodka
Produced in Newfoundland, this vodka comes in a stunning bottle and counts actor Dan Aykroyd as a co-founder. Would it be weird to use this as home decor later? Because I will.
Chase Smoked Vodka
This British brand has a savory finish thanks to water that’s been smoked with English Oak.
Stoli’s premium offering is distilled four times, which makes it *super* smooth.