When we first sat down to taste our way through vodkas that cost less than $10, we were skeptical. We have had some truly delicious vodkas over the years, and while most of them were fairly affordable, it’s safe to say none of them approached the $10 mark. But, aside from a couple of bottles that induced college party PTSD, we were pleasantly surprised. It turns out, if you’re mixing a cocktail, you absolutely do not need to spend more than $10 on a bottle of vodka. (When it comes to Martinis and even Vodka Sodas, though, it’s still best to splurge a little.) Here are five of our favorite under $10 bottles of vodka.
Baltic Mist Vodka
With its sweeping romance novel font and a galleon in a compass printed on the bottle, this potato vodka is sending a lot of messages—it also advertises itself as gluten free, which, as we all know, all non-flavored spirits are. But behind these many motifs lies a sweet, smooth, weighty vodka that tastes much more expensive than a ten-spot. With a touch of peachy flavor and a creamy texture, it is supremely drinkable.