It is no surprise that Vodka is one of the most popular spirits on the market with a huge following in Russia as well as the CIS region where it is their favorite tipple.
With a huge following there comes huge intertest from distillers that of course meet the demand of this wonderfully versatile spirit which has a result of a huge number of different brands across the World, this article will aim to list vodka brands not only the ones you have heard of but also some you may not of.
What are the main ingredients of Vodka?
Most vodka is distilled from fermented grains such as sorghum, corn, rice, wheat, or rye, though you can also use potatoes, fruits or even just sugar.In addition to more standard potato and wheat bases, vodkas can also be made from corn, whey, fruit, corn honeycomb, quinoa, and maple amongst several different ingredients.
The fermentation step creates a product with only about 16% ABV (alcohol by volume) — which is low for spirits. To increase the percentage requires distillation, or heating in a container which is called a still. Alcohol boils at a lower temperature than water and one can collect the evaporated alcohol, separating it from the water. Most vodka is 30 to 40 percent ABV however there are some brands that reach as high as 95% to 96% ABV such as Everclear an American brand.
List Vodka Brands by popularity
As stated earlier there are a huge number of different brands of Vodka and we could list double the below however the list following is the better-known brands not in popularity order but not too far off.
I cannot say that that I have tasted all of the below but certainly tried many of them and have to say there are some fantastic products and brands listed certainly for the vodka connoisseur.
|Brand||Global Brand Owner|
|Imperial||Pernod Ricard Groupe|
|Absolut||Pernod Ricard Groupe|
|Tito’s||Fifth Generation, Inc|
|Zubrowka||Russian Standard Corp|
|Skyy Vodka||Campari Milano SpA, Davide|
|Grey Goose||Bacardi & Co Ltd|
|Russian Standard||Russian Standard Corp|
|Russian Value||JSC Tatspirtprom|
|Magic Moments Vodka||Radico Khaitan Ltd|
|Soplica||Russian Standard Corp|
|Zelenaya Marka / Green Mark||Russian Standard Corp|
|Pinnacle||Suntory Holdings Ltd|
|Khlibny Dar||Bayadera Holding TOV|
|Five Lakes (Pyat Ozer)||Alcohol Siberian Group|
|Ketel One||Diageo / Nolet Spirits|
|Talka||Russian Standard Corp|
|Zoladkowa de Lux||Stock Spirits Group|
|Wyborowa||Pernod Ricard Groupe|
|Gorbatschow||Henkell & Sohnlein|
|Eristoff||Bacardi & Co Ltd|
|Graf Ledoff||JSC Tatspirtprom|
|Kozatska Rada||Bayadera Holding TOV|
|Zubrowka||Central European Distribution Corp|
|Parliament||Central European Distribution Corp|
|Yamskaya||Central European Distribution Corp|
Popular ways to drink Vodka
Personally I used to drink vodka with either cranberry juice with a wedge of lime which is obviously a lot healthier than the vodka red bull I also used to drink especially if I needed a boost for the night.
I have transcended in to vodka lime and soda however when I first visited Finland back in the 90’s I have to say I did convert to drinking it as the locals do there which is in shots from the freezer. The texture and taste is quite sensational as you feel the product descend which comes from the slightly thicker liquid due to being held in the freezer. Of course, vodka does not freeze due to the alcohol content when stored in the freezer however the texture and experience is quite different than blending with a mixer.
Some other popular ways to drink Vodka include:
- Vodka & Coke
- Vodka and Orange Juice
- Vodka, Red Bull and Champagne (yes indeed! and what a variety this is certainly one for celebration)
- Vodka and pineapple juice
- Vodka and lemonade
- Vodka and Tonic
- Vodka and Ginger Beer
Vodka is arguably the best spirit to make cocktails due to its flexibility and smooth taste which does tend to make the drink blend well with as variety of different ingredients.
Some of the most well-known cocktails include:
- Moscow Mule – Vodka, lime juice, ginger beer
- Cosmopolitan – Vodka, 100% cranberry juice, lemon juice, Cointreau, simple syrup
- Vodka Side car – Vodka, Cointreau, lemon juice
- Bloody Mary – Vodka, lemon, tomatoes, horseradish, Tabasco, Worcestershire, Old Bay, garlic
- Bay Breeze – Vodka, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, simple syrup
- Sea Breeze – Vodka, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice
- Pomegranate Martini – vodka,pomegranate juice, Cointreau, lemon juice, simple syrup
- And of course, the oldest favorite Sex on the Beach – vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, cranberry juice
To sum up my personal experience it has been like no other spirit I have drank where I have visited the different ends of the spectrum of drinking it neat to drinking a variety of cocktails to mixing with a variety of different mixers (not at once of course). I have to say that every different way of drinking this popular and versatile spirit I have thoroughly enjoyed every single way.
I hope that you had got some more insight to the different Vodka brands and different ways of enjoying this amazing spirit and happy sampling.