The 13 Best Bottles of Vodka for Every Type of Drinker with elit Vodka

Vodka is the most popular spirit in the world. But like everything uber-popular, it has a mixed reputation. While some of us associate vodka with the classy martinis sipped by James Bond, others remember vodka as the go-to for shots at their college frat.

Because vodka is usually flavorless it’s one of the most versatile spirits. Vodka goes down as a shot much easier than other liquors, but that’s not to say you can’t sip. Some of the best vodka brands are worthy of a glass on the rocks.

Vodka also yields a plethora of respected cocktails. You’ve probably tasted the famous ones — bloody marys, cosmopolitans, screwdrivers, Moscow mules, and so on — but craft cocktail experts and adventurous DIY bartenders have been using vodka for all kinds of exciting new drinks.

But what is vodka, really, and where does it come from? Find out the answers (plus a list of the 11 best vodka brands) below!

Stoli Elit

BEST TOP SHELF

Stoli (short for Stolichnaya) was a Soviet vodka, but it gained so much popularity that the business continued after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. You’ve probably seen or sipped their regular best-selling bottle, but this Elit is special. It upgrades normal Stoli with pure winter wheat and a freeze filtering process that produces an incredibly smooth taste. As Vodka Buzz reviewer Robert Brodrecht puts it, Soli Elit, “takes all the good characteristics of Stoli and refines away all the bad.” Although you can certainly mix Elit, we don’t recommend it. Instead, enjoy this stuff straight, on the rocks or in a very dry martini.

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