About Ukrainian Spirits

About Ukrainian Spirits
As you might imagine from a former Soviet republic, vodka is the primary spirit produced in Ukraine. Quality is excellent and most are produced in a traditional Russian style to be flavorless and ultra smooth.

Horilka is another Ukranian specialty spirit; the term can refer to vodka or several other types of spirits. Most examples are flavored with some fruit, be it blueberries, strawberries, gooseberries or several other types. Alcohol levels are around 20%. There are commercial as well as numerous examples of home-made versions of Horilka.

Top Picks for Ukraine

Nemiroff Vodka
96 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of wild lemon, mineral water, and underripe cherry with a round, vibrant, dry light body and an effortless, medium-length black pepper and creamy potato finish. A skillfully crafted vodka with extraordinary smoothness and excellent mouthfeel; martini-worthy.
96 points $17.99 Best Buy
Nemiroff LEX Vodka
95 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of tuberose, italian lemons, lime peel, and underripe pear with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a tingling, carefree thin mint cookies, sea salt, and raw almond finish. A clean, sophisticated vodka.
95 points $20 Best Buy
Staritsky & Levitsky Reserve Vodka
94 points
Clear color. Faint, grainy aromas of toasted grain and nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sweet cream, wet stones, and grass finish. A bright yet neutral vodka that will play nicely in cocktails or neat.
94 points $27.99
Nemiroff Premium De Luxe Vodka
93 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of baby’s breath and alpine forest with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a warming, medium-length coriander seed and peppercorns finish. An ultra crisp vodka with a fantastic rush of bright acidity that makes it well suited to stirred cocktails.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Nemiroff Honey Pepper Vodka
93 points
Best Buy
Clear gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of beeswax, chamomile, chrysanthemum tea, and lemon zest with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, captivating, medium-long jasmine, fresh cut grass, lavender oil, and lanolin finish. Big, natural chamomile flavors shine in this unique, well-crafted vodka.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Kruto Original Vodka
91 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Mild, clean, yeasty aromas of porcelain, nutskin, and tapioca with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long sweet cream, limestone, citrus, and moss finish. A vibrant, delicious vodka that will be very versatile.
91 points $13.99 Best Buy
Kruto Flawless Vodka
90 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Mild, floral, clean aromas of creme fraiche, bread crust, and nutskin with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sweet cream, minerals, and fig pastry finish. A piquant, nicely crafted vodka that will cover a lot of bases.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Yanhelivka Ratafia Aperitif Liqueur
85 points
Clear straw color. Aromas of fresh dill, ginger powder, dill pickle, and lemon balm and mesquite with a glycerous, soft, moderately sweet medium body and a polished, delightful, fast black garlic, lemon zest and vanilla, black peppercorn on popcorn, and cinnamon and bay leaf finish. A fun and lighthearted dill liqueur for cooking, shooting, or crafting cocktails; a wonderful addition to the secret ingredient list.