Originating in Russia, perfected in Poland, and now a worldwide staple, especially in America. Vodka has a reputation for being the smoothest spirit. Its silky mouthfeel and almost undetectable flavor make vodka a favorite for cocktails.
There are countless vodka distilleries around Europe, with the most widely known brands coming out of Sweden and France. However, American vodka distillers are becoming a worthy contender to the European classics.
Below, I’ll list the best American vodkas for you to try the next time you order a drink or browse the spirits at your local liquor store.
Hangar 1 is a San Francisco-based distillery that produces numerous vodkas. Their vodka combines wine grapes with high-quality grains from the Midwest for a vodka with floral and fruity notes.
Hangar One Vodka is a smooth, slightly sweet vodka that distinguishes itself from the harsher tasting vodkas characteristic of American distilleries. With fruity and floral tones, this vodka tastes great in a vodka-spiked lemonade with mint.
Stateside Vodka is a highly decorated brand, receiving praise from Thrillist, Vice, Eater, Spirit, and more. Having only started in 2013 by two brothers new to the vodka industry, Stateside Vodka has quickly shot through the ranks.
Stateside Vodka is seven times distilled, using water and alcohol in a cold-pressed filter system. It’s the smoothest on my list and the best for sipping neat.
Middle West’s flagship spirit, OYO Vodka, uses Ohio soft red winter wheat to produce a unique vodka that uses no filtering. They pride themselves on their unfiltered vodka, which produces a very harsh bite with flavor notes of honey gelato and minerals.
If you’re a fan of strong-tasting spirits, OYO Vodka is your best bet.
Tuthilltown is a distillery out of New York’s Hudson Valley known for its plentiful apple orchards. Indigenous Vodka is the marriage of Hudson’s cider industry with Tuthilltown’s master vodka distillers.
They use fresh Hudson Valley apples to first create a hard cider, and then the cider undergoes yet another distilling process to transform into vodka. This is a one-of-a-kind vodka with an amazing fruit-forward flavor.
Silver Dollar American Vodka is a product of the Nevada Distilling Company out of Las Vegas. It is a small-batch copper-pot distilled vodka made with 100% corn and water and silver-filtered for clarity and smoothness.
Silver Dollar American vodka has a sweet mineral flavor from the corn and copper vats. Its perfectly smooth, almost watery finish is completely undetectable in any mixed drink.
Barr Hill Vodka is an artisanal, small-batch vodka from a Vermont distillery that uses raw honey and grain to create one of the most delicious vodkas you’ll ever taste.
The double-distillation process preserves the honey and natural yeasts, which translate to a floral and sweet taste and the creamiest, smoothest vodka. This is a special spirit that’s well worth the price, in my opinion.
Humboldt Distillery is one of the best-selling organic distilleries in its native state of California. Humboldt Distillery organic vodka is made with organic sugarcane, imparting a citrus and vanilla flavor with a clean finish.
This vodka has no burn and leaves in the warmth. It’s also a brand with noble, eco-friendly principles any consumer will appreciate.
American Vodkas come from distilleries around the U.S., using distinct ingredients that impart distinct flavors and finishes. So whether you’re looking for a harsh taste or a smooth, creamy, and sweet vodka, my list of American vodkas has it all.
If you have an opinion about any American vodka I’ve listed, I’d love to hear it in the comments below.
Rocco is a Florida State University alumnus with years of bartending and hospitality experience. From slinging hundreds of vodka sodas a night in jam-packed college bars to serving carefully crafted cocktails in upscale restaurants, there’s not much he hasn’t done behind a bar. Now, Rocco shares his knowledge and passion for all things alcohol-related here on My Bartender for bibulous readers everywhere to enjoy.