Today one of the most popular drinks across the country is one of the simplest: vodka and club soda. The low-calorie highball packs an alcoholic punch but is supposedly hangover free. The one thing it doesn’t offer much of is taste. Until now. Let us introduce you to a new breed of vodkas that are hardly neutral—in fact, they offer enough flavor that even a whiskey fan might consider sipping them neat or with soda. It’s a whole new, clear drinking perspective.
Belvedere’s ultra-premium vodka is ubiquitous. Last year, the brand introduced IX ($40), which comes in a snazzy pink and black bottle designed by graffiti artist Andre Saraiva. What’s inside is even more striking—vodka blended with a mix of ingredients, including ginseng, guarana and black cherry.
Zubrowka Bison Grass:
Never mind the gimmicky blade of grass inside each bottle. The greenery is indigenous to the Polish countryside and gives Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka ($29) a distinct herbaceous quality with a burst of vanilla. Rumor has it that the grass doubles as an aphrodisiac.
You might say Karlsson’s Gold ($40) is a potato flavored vodka. The Swedish spirit is made from seven different varieties of local spuds. Karlsson’s is only distilled and filtered once to keep as much earthy flavor as possible.
Square One Botanical:
Square One has won over drinkers with its organic vodka made from American rye. The brand’s latest venture is Square One Botanical ($35), which blends vodka with a mix of eight aromatics, including lemon verbena, chamomile and coriander. This may just be the dawn of a new botanical spirit category.