Spirits & Liqueurs Vodka

8 Vodka Bottles to Try Right Now

Cocktails mixed with cool, crisp vodka are what many of us crave once the mercury starts to climb. With refreshing options available from every corner of the globe, plus a growing number of craft offerings here at home, there’s no shortage of vodkas ready to mix and sip. These are eight vodkas to try right now.

  • Gold Star ($25)

    This grain-based vodka made in Charleston, S.C., is clean and relatively neutral, with just a hint of coconut-like sweetness. What’s even better? For each bottle purchased, $2 are donated to charities that benefit military veterans and their families.

  • Nikka Coffey ($43)

    The iconic Japanese whisky maker rolled out its first vodka bottling last year. It has that same ethereal silkiness that makes Japan’s signature whisky so delightful, plus a light, grassy palate. Ideal to sip or mix.

  • Pinckney Bend American ($28)

    Hailing from New Haven, Mo., this small-batch vodka is made from a blend of wheat, corn and rye. It crackles with ginger and white pepper and would be ideal served chilled straight from the freezer.

  • Råvo ($20)

    This Swedish vodka offers faint hints of citrus and marshmallow-like sweetness. Play up that lemony lilt by mixing into cocktails like Martinis and Vespers, garnished with a twist of lemon peel, of course.

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  • The Walter Collective ($30)

    Made from blend of spelt and triticale (a wheat/rye hybrid), this vodka shows subtle hints of tropical fruit and lemongrass on the nose and palate. The Walter Collective founder Matt Melaik named the company after his artist grandfather.

  • Belvedere Ginger Zest ($30)

    Looking for a new way to mix up your Moscow Mules? New to the market this spring, this spirit uses a rye base and is macerated with zingy ginger plus lemon and grapefruit peels. The overall effect is like a soothing glass of ginger herbal tea but laced with vodka.

  • Hangar 1 Rosé ($30)

    The California producer is thinking pink, blending its flagship vodka with 5 percent rosé wine. The end result is a mild, juicy flavor that hints at lychee and tart cranberry but finishes clean and brisk. Sip or mix into carnation-tinted cocktails.

  • Ving Infused with Kale, Lemon Peel & Cucumber ($40)

    Just when you thought the kale craze was over, here comes kale-flavored vodka. But this surprising newcomer, made in California from a corn vodka base, isn’t green and doesn’t taste like every hipster’s favorite leafy vegetable. Instead, it is clear in the glass and has a refreshing cucumber-spa-water feel to it, finishing with a lemon-pepper exhale.