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.
“CH Distillery's first distilled product was vodka and remains its flagship. It’s local, even using Illinois grain, which is important to Monteverde, where we support local food and beverages when possible. It’s a quality product for a great value.”—Hanna Grossman, sommelier and beverage manager at Chicago's Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio
“It’s an amazing blend of wheat vodka and vodka distilled from aromatic wine (including riesling and viognier) that was first distilled through the antique Germain-Robin cognac still and again in a Holstein pot still.”—Bodenheimer
“This is made from Austrian wheat, is at a lower price point and has a lot of body to it, which is not always a selling point for vodka but makes this one an anomaly. It has a lot more character and structure while not being an obvious high-end choice.”—Will Elliott, bar director at Maison Premiere and bartender at Sauvage in New York City
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