One of the biggest vodka brands in America and the world, Smirnoff, owned by the global liquor company Diageo, has been produced in the American state of Illinois, among other locations, for decades and is made from corn.
Known for its slightly oily mouthfeel, medicinal quality, and subtly spicy finish, Smirnoff is ideally used alongside a mixer or as a cocktail base rather than consumed on its own as it is generally considered too harsh for consumption alone.
Whilst Smirnoff might represent the biggest brand of vodka to come out of America, it by no means represents the only, with other more recent brands, such as Titos, Skyy, Popov, UV, and Hangar One ranking near the top of the list in terms of famous American vodkas.
In addition to their unflavoured vodka products, the American brands mentioned previously, in particular UV and Smirnoff, are famous for offering a number of colour and flavour variations in their range of products.
With additional flavoured products including cake, cherry, and even sriracha, UV offers one of the broadest and most unique selection of flavours, making it almost impossible to not find a new vodka to experiment with.
Besides these big name brands, there are also a multitude of truly unique tasting experiences to be found within the craft American vodka scene.
Some of the best craft vodka brands include Charbay Vodka, which uses real fruit in flavouring their products and less filtrations in order to produce authentic and richly flavoured vodkas, Square One Organic Vodka, which uses American rye in order to create a slightly crisp and bitey vodka, and 44° North Vodka, famous for using potatoes and also using natural flavours from native American flora during their production process to craft some of the cleanest and easy-drinking vodka products available.
In short, American distilleries, big and small, offer vodka products across all quality and pricing levels and are highly experimental in their use of organic bases and flavourings, making it possible to always find a new vodka to experience.
To discover some of the top ranked bottles of American vodka available, this article offers some excellent choices.
Pairing Food with American Vodka
Possessing such a diverse range of types and flavourings, American vodkas offers consumers a variety of products that can fit into anyone's taste preferences and preferred method of consumption.
Big name brands, such as Smirnoff, UV, Skyy, and Popov, all offer vodkas that should ideally be consumed as a cocktail base or paired with a favourite mixer for a party or catering event.
If consuming these products straight or over ice, it is recommended that you go with Smirnoff or Skyy, as these typically have a reputation for being the “better” bottom shelf products.
For an easy method of softening any abhorrent flavours it is advised that you freeze it before serving as placing vodka, or any spirit for that matter, in the freezer before serving increases the viscosity, or texture, of the resulting spirit and also reduces the effect of any particular flavour attributes of the vodka.
When looking for an American vodka that can easily be consumed neat or over ice, be sure to look into the craft distillery scene as there are a number of picks, including Titos, 44° North Vodka, and Charbay Vodka, which offer vodka products ideal for this type of drinking.