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What are the best Vodkas ?

By Bring a Bottle on 26/09/13 2:52 PM

Choosing a Vodka can be a tricky business, its something that needs to be great neat, but also versatile enough to use in long drinks and cocktails. What might work great with a mixer can be heavy going straight up if you don’t choose wisely. Here are our Top 5 Vodkas from Northern Europe.

1. Absolut Vodka

Absolut Vodka

Absolut is a classic Vodka that almost everyone has sampled, don’t let the fact that it is generally available put you off however. The production process means that this is great ‘on the rocks’ and also good for cocktails without losing any of its trademark bite.

2. Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Bison Grass Vodka

A smooth textured Polish rye vodka, the addition of syrup of bison grass gives this vodka its yellowish tint and a slight nutty nose. Although the bison grass in the bottle is purely decorative serve with either a blade of grass or make the classic Tatanka (Zubrowka and Apple juice).

Bison grass is a slightly sweet vodka as a result of adding syrup to the fermentation process and it appeals as a great starter to the world of vodka and also gives an extra tint to cocktails.

3. Belvedere Polish Plain Rye Vodka


A smooth Vodka Belvedere can be enjoyed straight up and although it may get slightly lost in cocktails its mellowness means that it is certainly not going to overpower any of the other ingredients.

4. Russian Standard Vodka


A classic Russian vodka, Russian Standard has been made to the same standards set down by Tsar Alexander III in the late 18th Century, it’s a great all-rounder with an excellent no-nonsense taste that goes perfectly in cocktails.

5. Smirnoff Green Apple Vodka


It might have been tempting to add the classic Red Label Vodka but this is a great new twist on the UK’s favourite. The Smirnoff Apple vodka has a subtle taste of sharp apples that really gives a boost to any fruit based cocktail and is something totally different to enjoy over ice.