August is Vodkaaaah month. You know you want it.
Unlike whiskey or tequila, vodka can be distilled from well, pretty much anything. In addition to more standard potato and wheat bases, vodkas made from corn, whey and even fruit can now be found on the shelves. And yes: They all taste different.
Made in the Rochester, New York, area, this eau-de-vie-like vodka is made from New York State apples, and has a distinctly fruity note that evokes apple and banana. Buy it here.
No, it doesn’t taste like corn-based moonshine. It’s lightly sweet, finishing clean and refreshing. Buy it here.
From New York’s Hudson Valley, expect lush honey-apple tones. Buy it here.
A light caramel aroma and gentle, sweet maple-y flavor makes this vodka a good base for sweeter-style cocktails. Buy it here.
This Houston-made potato vodka is robust and earthy, with a hint of grapefruit peel on the finish. Buy it here.
Everyone’s favorite health food gets distilled into a delicate spirit with a slightly toasty, earthy flavor. Buy it here.
This Polish vodka is made from 100 percent rye, giving it a hit of rye whiskey–like spice. Buy it here.
Made in New Zealand, whey produces a full-bodied vodka with sweet notes of vanilla and a touch of anise on the finish. Buy it here.
Kara Newman is a New York–based spirits and cocktail writer, and author of Cocktails for a Crowd (Chronicle Books).