About Unflavored Vodka

About Unflavored Vodka
Unflavored vodka is defined in the US as a "neutral" spirit devoid of color, aroma, and taste, however, the finest unflavored vodkas are served neat and do have a subtle taste, sometimes of the base grain or ingredient, citrus or even anise. But most vodkas are used for cocktails, often mixed with fruit juice (cranberry juice for Cosmopolitans or orange juice for Screwdrivers.), tonic, or soda for the ubiquitous bar-hopper favorite Vodka & Soda. To which craft bartenders these days like to say, "vodka pays the bills."

Unflavored vodka is made by fermenting and then distilling the simple sugars from a mash of pale grain or vegetal matter. Vodka is produced from grain, potatoes, molasses, beets, and a variety of other plants. Rye and wheat are the classic grains for Vodka, with most of the best Russian Vodkas being made from wheat while in Poland they are mostly made from a rye mash. Swedish and Baltic distillers are partial to wheat mashes. Potatoes are looked down on by Russian distillers, but are held in high esteem by some of their Polish counterparts. Molasses, a sticky, sweet residue from sugar production, is widely used for inexpensive, mass-produced brands of Vodka. American distillers use the full range of base ingredients, but most are made from the abundant supply of corn from the US heartland.

Top Picks for Unflavored Vodka

elit Vodka
97 points
$49
A silky-smooth, excellent example of Vodka; to be enjoyed in classic cocktails, on the rocks, or served with a deep chill, neat.
Awards: 2022 Best Unflavored Vodka
Stolichnaya Gold Vodka
96 points
$22
Best Buy
A round, exceptionally smooth Vodka for cocktails, sipping neat or on the rocks.
96 points $22 Best Buy
Russian Standard Platinum Vodka
95 points
$30.35
A highly neutral vodka that offers a easy-sipping experience; a clean canvas to color with creative cocktail ingredients.
95 points $30.35
Beattie’s Distillers Sweet Potato Vodka Batch 8
94 points
$17
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A tasty, savory Vodka for creative cocktails and autumnal vibes.
94 points $17 Best Buy
Copper 29 Vodka
93 points
$14.99
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A round and supple Vodka with clean, creamy flavors that will compliment either a neat pour or a shaken cocktail beautifully.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Archipelago Lava Rock Vodka
93 points
$15
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A round and undulating vodka that's perfect for martinis.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Russian Standard Vodka
93 points
$22
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A superbly balanced, subtle and elegant, neutral vodka that will excel in any application.
93 points $22 Best Buy
Dirty Devil Vodka
93 points
$27
A spicy, grain-centric vodka with robust, pure flavor.
Purity Connoisseur 51 Reserve Organic Vodka
93 points
$30
A sweet nose and peppery palate make this a solid option for fruity cocktails. Try this silky-smooth stunner in Cosmos, Vespers, Martinis and beyond.
Pristine Vodka
93 points
$27
A super fresh vodka with hints of citrus; a rock-solid go-to for cocktails or sipping on the rocks.