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I like Belvedere. I think it tastes smooth and neutral.
My fav vodka is Kettle One or Belvedere.... I think they are slightly smoother than most brands.As for tomorrow, lets talk about whiskey and all things related... such as Southern Comfort!
Ketel One - it goes down nice and easy.
Ketel One, Belvedere, and Charbay because of their neutrality and smoothness. I'd also add Tito's as a best buy because it's smooth and reasonably priced.
Tito's!! I highly recommend it if you ever find yourself in Texas. It is the best inexpensive vodka on the market.On the higher (but still reasonable) end, I prefer Ciroc (I drank it before Diddy) and Ketel One.Anyone have a preference for flavored vodkas?
Pinacle for vodka. It's the same as Grey Goose at 1/3 the cost.I make my own flavored vodkas. Simply add whatever you're looking for in flavor and let steep.
For recipes in which the booze is not the star: Sobieski. Inexpensive, smooth.For mixed drinks: Ketel One.For sipping: Beak & Skiff. A small-batch vodka (made from apples).
Smirnoff and lately I've tried Banff Vodka.@mrsbowers and @mntwmyn I also make my flavoured vodkas, here is my skittle infused vodka recipe http://essentialpepper.blogspot.com/2009/02/vodka-and-skittles-potent-combination.html
Belvedere first, Grey Goose second.
I have a soft spot for flavored vodkas - especially the sweet tea vodkas.
Totally girly? Yes. Tasty as heck? Absolutley.Otherwise I'm partial to the Three Olives flavored vodkas.
When I'm out, I'll usually drink Absolut Mandarin. When I'm home, I usually go with Grey Goose L'Orange. With either one, it's on the rocks with a splash of cranberry and a slice of lime. If a bar has neither the orange-flavored Absolut or Grey Goose (it's common here in PA - they often only have flavored Stoli - yuck), then I'll go with plain Belvedere, on the rocks, with a splash of cranberry, but this time with a slice of orange.
For the best in top shelf vodka, Van Gogh beats out Belvedere by a nose. It is the very best, in my opinion.For everyday vodka consumption, Smirnoff provides a very nice flavor, easy on the harshness (and on the wallet).
Back in the one about rum, someone mentioned Cedar Ridge (of Cedar Rapids, IA) and their distillery. While I'm not much of a rum fan, I do love their vodka, Clearheart. It's nice and smooth and only sets you back around $20, about as much as a bottle of Absolut.
Another vote for Tito's (which is also available in TN). Quality-wise it is on par with the more high-end brands, yet it's totally affordable. It is one of the few vodkas that I can drink neat – no lime, no ice, nothing!
I prefer a 2:3 ratio of pure ethanol alcohol to water. Most good vodkas can hit this mark, and most cheap vodkas will too once they've been run through a charcoal filter a couple times.
My vote is for Prairie Organic Vodka. It is inexpensive and very smooth. I love it!
Svedka. It's inexpensive and very smooth. It gives the more expensive vodka a run for it's money.
The bison grass vodka : Żubrówka.And flavored vodkas, specially the Polish ones. Love the honey vodka.And the little mix of neutral vodka with a topping of grenadine (or cherry vodka, why not). It becomes the color of their flag.
I like Belvedere or Reyka... or Crystal Head Vodka, endorsed by Dan Aykroyd.
I also vote for Tito's. I'm not a vodka aficionado, but it tastes really good in drinks and is inexpensive. Plus it's local to Texas, which I like.
Tito's. It's smooth and inexpensive...and locally made!
crater lake vodka ! made in oregon. smooth, crisp, very pure. i rarely stray from it if i have the choice.
I agree with Ponce - Svedka! You’d never know you were drinking something inexpensive, and I firmly believe that I tend to enjoy things more when I don't have to worry about the cost. They also have a good selection of flavored vodkas if you're into that.
Vodka -- no.If anything, Koening: potato vodka from Idaho.
I can't find good vodka in the US...When it comes to drinking it straight, pretty much anything from Russia that's not a bad export will taste better. I highly recommend "Parliament" if you can get your hands on it (https://www.weinquelle.com/artikel/Parliament_Classic_Original_Russian_Vodka_5023_e.html).
Hmm. I still don't know how or why people choose to drink Smirnoff or Absolut. Although I will say Absolut's Boston flavor was fairly delicious.I prefer Finlandia. Crisp and clean, no burn. Delicious in dirty wet martinis. And their grapefruit flavor is amazing if you're looking for a flavored vodka.
I've recently become a fan of Ketle One, which is on the mid-high range (for me anyway). If i'm buying vodka for a crowd, i'll go with Smirnoff or Stolichnya. Stoli, IMHO, is excellent vodka. And Smirnoff is definitely good enough for most applications. Ciroc is also nice, but too much $$$.One i avoid at all costs include Absolut, (it's pretty close to Aristocrat to me). And Grey Goose just isn't that good to me.
Dirt cheap generic vodka bought in Russia. It's probably because of some way of making it that isn't kosher enough to be used by big companies, and I don't want to know the details, but it tastes so much better than expensive brand vodka bought at home, and no hangovers.
Tito's is the best! Love love love it. Not too expensive and so wonderful to drink.
First choice Belvedere followed by Tito's (it's cheap, local and mixes quite well).
Ketel One without a doubt.
For a slightly cheaper option StoliBoth are deliciously smooth, have no smell or flavour (the perfect vodka) can be served warm and get no harshness just pure vodka goodness
My favorite summer drink right now is known as "Big Sky Lemonade" at the local watering hole: 44 North huckleberry-flavored potato vodka, mixed with lemonade and some blueberries. yummy!
No Grey Goose? I won't accept it.
Dripping Springs Vodka is another local Austin, TX one I love! Even better than Tito's!
Luksusowa. Polish. Potato. $20 a handle.Pure win.Been also drinking Svedka, Sobieski, Viking Fjord in mixed drinks, but Luksusowa is fine sipped neat or on the rocks.
@melodie1974 - I have a bottle of the Żubrówka too!! I love it! We call it "bison piss" because of the slightly greenish color. Oh, but is it good!!!@mttwinmom - I was just in Boise a couple of weeks ago and was given a bottle of the 44 North Huckleberry vodka and I loved it!!
I like the flavored Stoli vodkas because I like fruity drinks. And the Stoli is definitely better than the similar Absolute flavors.42Below (not 44 North!) vodka from New Zealand is really good.For plain vodkas I usually go with Grey Goose or Belvedere. For mixing at parties when I have a lot of people, Skyy.I find the cheaper the vodka, the worse the hangover.
@ GretaGrace : funny ! We call it that too (in French). I didn't dare write it here but hey, you did. Thanks :-)
Ketel One. Yum.
Chopin Vodka is simply the best and smoothest choice of any vodka I've ever experienced. It's perfectly neat on the palatte.
Kettle One for martinis and Tito's for when I am including a mixer. I swear it's the best inexpensive vodka on the market. Dripping Springs is awful. And when I'm feeling really dirty I'll pick up a bottle of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and mix it with lemonade (aka Tipsy Arnold Palmer or John Daily)... just be careful, you don't realize how quickly it goes down in the hot summer heat!
@jrossi1217 >>> I completely agree! FINLANDIA is a great vodka and the grapefruit is exceptional. I learned that they are one of the only companies that mass produce the flavored vodkas and the grapefruit flavor is indeed REAL grapefruits!For a great inexpensive vodka, I buy RAIN. This is great for mixing...For sipping and enjoying at room temperature, I like anything with a corn/potato base, not grain or wheat base.
I'm so glad to get a chance to brag about living in the SF area. For those of you who complain that the only kind of vodka good to drink straight comes from abroad, you haven't had Hangar One vodka. Distilled in Alameda by St. Georges Spirits, it's the best vodka I've ever had. And all the "flavors" they make are infused from real fruit, most of it local!
For good vodka - Ketel One. For mixed drinks - Skyy.
Goose for vodka martini's/anything featuring vodka. Otherwise, Prairie Organic or Svedka.
Monopolowa is all I drink. It's Austrian (by way of Poland) potato vodka for lower-shelf prices. The label makes it looks like you're drinking Polish kerosene, which is a plus for me.
Sipping - GooseMixed - Skyywhen I am poor Gilberts
You know, once you get to the top shelf the only decisions you have to make is burn or no burn. It *is* a neutral grain spirit, after all. It mixes with whatever you want just fine and at that level of quality doesn't seem to give normal drinkers a hangover. I like 360º myself and also Shakers (being Minnesotan, like me). I love love love Shaker's Rose, which is only occasionally available, and the only flavored vodka I would bother with.
I drink Tito's and Dripping Springs because they are cheap, good, and local. Dripping Springs has more of a bite, which I like for things like a Bloody Mary. I don't think a better vodka is necessary.
@cjansson: I agree 100%: better mouthfeel on the corn or potato based vodkas.@andypucko: 360º is top shelf? They recently ran a promotion for $20 rebate on a handle, netting the price down to $9 in my local liquor store.
Another vote for New Zealand's own 42 Below. The maunka honey flavour is great in summery cocktails, we always take it as a gift for American friends!
I don't stick to one brand, but often find myself purchasing Svedka, SKYY, 360º, or Tito's.
Svedka! Do it.I started drinking this originally in college when taking shots because i couldn't taste it on my breathe afterward, and it was affordable. I'm all about brand loyalty, and I still buy it for the same reason...in drinks. My body can't much handle shots anymore. Fine by me.
sadly there is not enough mention of hangar one vodka. their infused vodkas such as buddha's hand is excellent. unfortunately I am no longer in california and it's been tough to find hanger in portland, so ketel it is.
Grey Goose,Ciroc,North Shore Distillery: (Chicago), Kettle One...gotta be smooth
I'm on the same page as many of the other readers here, Belvedere is my first choice and Ketel One would be a close second. I've also discovered Veil Vodka which is a premium Vodka even though you can easily find it for under $9.99 a bottle. It's an excellent vodka and you shouldn't let the price fool you. It has become my go-to mixing vodka.
Filthy Martini- Vox or Tanqueray Sterling VodkaScrewdrivers- Stolichnaya ( Stoli ) Orange Ohranj Cosmos- Finlandia Cranberry VodkaTanqueray Sterling Vodka is my favorite go to, smooth and affordable.
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