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 an alphabetical list, not a ranking. Prices are averages and can vary from state to state.
“What Belvedere has done with single-estate-terroir-driven vodka is simply stunning—one rye, two different regions [Lake Bartężek and Smogory Forest] in the same country. They’re two very beautiful and different vodkas with character and flavor—one bold, the other elegant. It’s all I have in my home now.”—Joe Pereira, bartender-at-large in New Bedford, Mass.
“It’s a great vodka for the price. Made from rice, this is a smooth and not-too-heavy vodka—clean crisp and fresh.”—Sondre Kasin, principal bartender at Undercote in New York City
“A great wheat vodka that’s great for mixing and drinking neat, it’s clean and crisp, with a nutty finish, perfect for drinks or on the rocks.”—Kasin