Stoli and Elit at the heart of Cosmopolitan magazines’ must-have vodka’s!

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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.

1

IF YOU LIKE BLOODY MARY’S

Koval Rye Vodka

KOVALdrizly.com

$29.99

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.

2

IF YOU’VE NEVER TRIED VODKA MADE FROM GRAPES

CIROC Vodka

CIROCdrizly.com

$32.99

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.

3

IF YOU ONLY DRINK BOTTLED WATER

Broken Shed Vodka

BROKEN SHEDdrizly.com

$26.99

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.

4

IF YOU APPRECIATE SIMPLICITY

RAVO Vodka

RAVOdrizly.com

$19.99

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.

5

IF YOU LIKE TO KEEP IT FRESH

Pearl Cucumber Vodka

PEARLdrizly.com

$11.99

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.

6

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A CLASSIQUE

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

COURTESY TITO’S HANDMADE

TITO’Sdrizly.com

$21.96

This bartender’s favorite is easy to find, easy to drink, and won’t make you go broke.

7

IF YOU’RE JUST REALLY INTO SAINT PATRICK’S DAY

Kalak Single Malt Vodka

COURTESY KALAK SINGLE MALT

KALAKbinnys.com

$29.99

Made with malted barley, this unique Irish vodka has a smooth, creamy taste.

8

IF YOU’VE BEEN SMIRNOFF ICE-D BUT ARE WILLING TO TRY AGAIN

Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka

COURTESY SMIRNOFF

SMIRNOFFdrizly.com

$14.99

This affordable classic is great in cocktails, from Moscow Mules to Bloody Mary’s.

9

IF YOU’RE WATCHING YOUR ABV

Ketel One Botanical Cucumber and Mint

COURTESY KETEL ONE

KETEL ONEdrizly.com

$34.99

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.

10

IF YOU’RE MAKING FROSÉ ANYW

Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka

COURTESY HANGAR 1

HANGAR 1bevmo.com

$21.00

Admit it, you like the sound of rosé-flavored vodka—if it’s done right. Ask, and you shall receive.

11

IF YOU’RE WILLING TO DROP $50

Barr Hill Vodka

COURTESY BARR HILL VODKA

BARR HILLdrizly.com

$33.00

This award-winning vodka is distilled from raw honey, giving it a subtle hint of sweetness.

12

IF YOU LIKE VODKA INFUSIONS

Zubrowka Zu Bison Grass Flavored Vodka

COURTESY ZUBROWKA

ZUBROWKAdrizly.com

$25.99

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.

13

IF YOU HAVE HOLLYWOOD VIBES

Mulholland Vodka

JOHN CIZMAS

MULHOLLANDtotalwine.com

$18.99

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.

14

IF YOU’RE GLUTEN-FREE AND CARE ABOUT FIGHTING HUNGER

Simple Vodka

COURTESY SIMPLE VODKA

SIMPLEbottlerocket.com

$27.00

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.

15

IF YOU APPRECIATE A BARGAIN

Stoli Vodka

FOTOGRAF CHRISTIAN B // YELLOWS

STOLIdrizly.com

$30.79

Yes, dahling, this Soviet classic is absolutely fabulous.

16

IF YOU’RE SO MONEY

St. George Vodka

JASON TINACCI

ST. GEORGEdrizly.com

$27.99

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?

17

IF YOU’RE VODKA SODA NEEDS AN UPGRADE

St. George Citrus Vodka

JASON TINACCI

ST. GEORGEdrizly.com

$29.99

Made by infusing and distilling three types of oranges, this is a top pick if citrus-flavored vodkas are your jam.

18

IF YOU LOVE CLUBS WITH BOTTLE SERVICE

Belvedere Vodka

COURTESY BELVEDERE

BELVEDEREdrizly.com

$29.99

This premium brand is made from rye and potatoes, giving it a little something extra.

19

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A MULTIPURPOSE BOTTLE

Crystal Head Vodka

COURTESY CRYSTAL HEAD VODKA

CRYSTAL HEADdrizly.com

$49.99

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.

20

IF YOU LIKE MEZCAL

Chase Smoked Vodka

COURTESY CHASE SMOKED VODKA

CHASEdrizly.com

$32.99

This British brand has a savory finish thanks to water that’s been smoked with English Oak.

21

IF YOU AREN’T LOOKING TO BUY IN BULK

Stolichnaya Elit

COURTESY STOLICHNAYA ELIT

STOLIdrizly.com

$59.79

Stoli’s premium offering is distilled four times, which makes it *super* smooth.

Hailey Eber was the longtime Food Editor at the New York Post.
deputy lifestyle directorAshley Oerman is the deputy lifestyle director at Cosmopolitan, covering fitness, health, food, cocktails, and home.
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