6 Vodkas for People Who Think They Don't Like Vodka
St. George All Purpose Vodka, $30
There are some “all-purpose” uses we wouldn’t suggest using this vodka for. But in cocktails? It can be used in pretty much anything. Distilled from a combination of Bartlett pears and corn, this vodka has a distinctive flavor. The pears give it a hint of fruitiness. Try suggest trying it in a classic vodka cocktail, like a Martini or a Mule.
Ao Vodka, $46
It’s not clear if it’s the rice this Japanese vodka is distilled from or the bamboo it’s filtered through after the distillation process—or a combination of the two—that gives Ao a super-clean, crisp taste. In the end, who cares? Ao, which means “blue” in Japanese, makes a mean Martini at 80-proof and true vodka enthusiasts should consider sipping it over ice.
A lot of vodka is made purely from grains, but this Polish, sapphire-encased liquid gets its flavor from a combination of wheat, rye and potatoes. Try it in a Moscow Mule, but beware when it comes to cocktails: This smooth-as-ice vodka is easily overpowered.
Comb Vodka, $32
When a vodka craving rears its head, you’ll want this New York–distilled bottle at the ready. Distilled from orange-blossom honey, Comb doesn’t rely on multiple distillations to achieve its faintly fruity aroma and robust flavor. Mix it with a little tonic—or serve it over ice with an orange slice—for an end-of-summer treat.
Snow Leopard Vodka, $40
Cute and tasty? Count us in. Sure, this vodka is distilled six times, but the vodka, made from spelt, has little bite and a pleasant aftertaste. Plus: 15 percent of all of Snow Leopard Vodka’s profits go toward conservation projects for the critically endangered cats. Pass a bottle and some ginger beer!
Absolut Elyx, $50
Though many of the other vodkas on this list have limited distribution throughout the States, you’ve probably seen—or at least heard of—Absolut Elyx. The higher-end version of the brand’s classic vodka offering, Elyx is distilled from Swedish wheat and made in copper column stills (hence the metallic packaging). Mix it in a summery vodka cocktail or dress up your brunch Bloody with a measure or two. Either way, this stuff will look pretty on your bar.