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The Best Budget Bottles of Vodka, According to Bartenders - Shopping

The Best Budget Bottles of Vodka, According to Bartenders - Shopping
From The Kitchn - October 12, 2017

So, you want to stock the home bar with a decent selection of spirits but you do not want to blow the bank. We hear you. That's why we have gone to experts to find their top picks for American whiskey, tequila, and vodka so you can have a respectable barand still have cash left for other important stuff.

If you are scared off by lower-priced vodkas, do not be, says Joseph Fredrickson, owner of Society Lounge in Cleveland. "Even the worst products now are better than what they had back in the day," he says. And it's kind of pointless to splurge anyway, given that it's probably going to end up in a cocktail. "Vodka's one of those things," he says. "We can argue all day if Aquafina tastes better than Glacier water but if you mix it with Kool-Aid can you tell a difference?"

And common distilling methods mean most vodkas will be fine these days, he says. So pick from any of these value vodkas and you are good to go!

1. Huber Starlight Vodka, $19 for 750 milliliters

"Sourced from locally grown corn and distilled seven times, this vodka has a full, slightly sweet flavor with a very clean finish.It is still bold enough to stand out in cocktails, but smooth enough to simply mix with tonic or in a dry martini." Todd Antz, a second generation owner of family-owned Keg Liquors in southern Indiana

2. Belvedere Vodka, $22 for 750 milliliters

"Belvedere Vodka is my go-to. I consider Belvedere a premium vodka brand. However, it's still easy on the budget with the cost sitting around $20. It's crisp, and works well whether you mix it or infuse it. Plus, the bottle looks classy so it's something I'd want to show off on my bar cart." Elliott Clark, the blogger behind Apartment Bartender

3. Smirnoff, $10 for 750 milliliters

4. Pride, $25 for 750 milliliters

5. Wheatley, $16 for 750 milliliters

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