When made well, vodka is anything but boring—just browse through our favorite new expressions to see how creative and innovative producers are getting. But many of these craft vodkas cost a bit more than you want to spend on something you’re just going to top with cranberry juice or tonic. Luckily, there are a few easy-to-find, totally affordable, everyday bottles out there. Stock your bar cart with these ol’ faithfuls, and you’ll never be let down.
5 Best Everyday Vodkas to Always Have on Hand
Best for Sipping Straight: Belvedere ($32)
Polish-produced Belvedere is four-times distilled from rye and diluted with purified water, yielding an ultra-clean flavor. There’s subtle notes of citrus, vanilla and white pepper, but its primarily neutral taste will appeal to anyone who just wants their vodka to taste like burn-free vodka. Savor it on the rocks—no garnish needed.
Best for Taking Shots: Russian Standard ($20)
Do as they do in the Motherland by knocking back an icy cold shot of 100 percent Russian-made, Russian Standard vodka. As one of the most popular brands in Russia, it’s a great palate cleanser, perfect for chasing traditional Russian fare like smoked fish and pickled vegetables.
Best for a Martini: Chopin ($30)
There’s nowhere for vodka to hide in a Martini, so opt for one that is worthy of highlighting. Chopin potato vodka tastes delicious on its own, but the dry vermouth in a Martini elevates the vodka’s mild, creamy flavor and brings out some of its hidden fruity notes. If you like your Martinis with a twist instead of an olive, try Chopin’s zesty rye vodka offering.
Best for Other Cocktails: Tito’s Handmade Vodka ($21)
This Texas-made vodka has been an industry favorite for years and shows no signs of slowing down. Distilled from corn, Tito’s has a sweet aftertaste that mixes particularly well in a sweet and sour vodka drink, like a Gimlet or Moscow Mule. It’s in vogue enough to impress party guests but affordable enough that you won’t cringe at the drained bottle after a few rounds of Sea Breezes.
Best Flavored Vodka: Absolut Citron ($20)
We have a love-hate relationship with flavored vodkas (you can keep the tobacco-flavored vodka, but we’ll take some cucumber, thank you very much). But there’s no denying that a simple flavored vodka will be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for those less accustomed to more intense alcohol. You’ll get the most mileage out of Absolut Citron, a smooth, lemon-flavored vodka that’s been a classic behind the bar ever since the original Cosmopolitan called for it. Enjoy it mixed in fruity cocktails, on the rocks with a twist of lemon, or in a fun Lemon Drop shot.