You know who knows best which bottles to buy? The people who pour and sell drinks—that’s who. We asked dozens of top bartending and spirits industry professionals to tell us which bottles they love and why. Heads up: The numerical order below is not organized by importance or quality. It’s a list, not a ranking. Prices are averages and can vary state to state.
“Reyka is what I’m putting in my vodka cocktails lately, as well as neat sips straight out the freezer. Plus,the distillery is geothermally powered! How cool is that?—Karin Stanley, co-owner of Dutch Kills and bartender at Little Branchand Suffolk Arms
“A vodka that has a great taste and lends a taste profile to a cocktail. Since it’s made with honey, it has a subtle sweetness but is nicely balanced.”—James Bolt, beverage director and host bartender at The Gin Joint