Vodka is a distilled beverage that is composed primarily of water and ethanol, but sometimes with traces of impurities and flavourings. Traditionally vodka is made through the distillation of cereal grains or potatoes that have been fermented, though some modern brands use fruits or sugar.
Traditionally drunk neat, it is also widely used in cocktails and is also paired with tonics, carbonated drinks and juices. Vodka is consumed around the world and is particularly popular in the so-called vodka belt, which includes Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway and the Baltic States.
Demand for Vodka has massively increased in the UK in recent years. This is probably partly due to the rise in popularity of cocktails. Vodka, with its understated flavour is an excellent alcohol to use when you want other subtler notes to come through; it's happy to take a back seat, flavour-wise.
Popular vodka cocktails include Vodka Martini, Cosmopolitan, Vodka Tonic, Screwdriver, Greyhound, Black or White Russian, Moscow Mule and Bloody Mary.
The Smirnoff brand began with a vodka distillery founded in Moscow by Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov in 1864. Today Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka is the number one best-selling premium vodka brand worldwide and is sold in excess of 130 countries. Triple distilled from a blend of different grains, it is then filtered ten times giving it its exceptionally pure-tasting finish.
Smirnoff No. 21 Premium Vodka is often named in a wide range of cocktails and drinks and can also be enjoyed served straight up or on the rocks. This versatile vodka is a drinks cabinet staple and an essential ingredient to create a whole host of delicious cocktails.Buy now from
Grey Goose Vodka is distilled from French wheat and is made with spring water from Gensac, that has filtered through champagne limestone. It boasts unparalleled smoothness and exceptional taste and is considered one of the world’s finest vodkas.
Created in the 1990s by Sidney Frank, he late sold it to Bacardi in 2004. The Maître de Chai for Grey Goose is François Thibault, who developed the original recipe for the vodka in Cognac, France. It was initially created for the American marketplace but is today enjoyed worldwide.
In 1998 Grey Goose was named the best-tasting vodka in the world by the Beverage Testing Institute and in 2004 was the best-selling premium brand vodka in the United States.Buy now from
Made in St Petersburg, Russia, Russian Standard Vodka is a major Russian premium vodka brand that was founded by Roustam Tariko in 1998.
Using state-of-the-art distillation, you are guaranteed great tasting premium authentic Russian Vodka that combines winter wheat with water of glacial origin.
Coming in a variety of price brackets, starting with their cheaper Russian Standard Original, then their Gold and Platinum varieties and finally their luxury offering, Imperia.Buy now from
Absolut Vodka is one of the most famous vodka brands in the world and was launched in the United States in 1979.
It is synonymous with art, culture and nightlife and was at the forefront of the revolution in cocktail creations.
Launching a range of different flavours that rocked the market, Absolut is considered one of the big global players in the vodka industry today.Buy now from
Owned and produced by the Scottish company, Loch Lomond Group, it is made from sugar beet in the Catrine Distillery in Ayrshire.
With a clean finish and faint traces of citrus, this triple distilled vodka is an ideal cocktail ingredient, with a very reasonable price tag.Buy now from
Five times distilled, New Amsterdam premium imported vodka is made from the finest grains and then filtered three times. It is smooth and crisp and can be drunk straight or used to create the perfect vodka cocktail.
Quadruple distilled from 100% Polish Dankowskie Rye, Belvedere Vodka is the original and true expression of luxury vodka. Belvedere pride themselves on maintaining the perfect balance of character and purity and keep it natural and authentic, the way Polish vodka has been made for over 600 years.
They use two unique and locally-sourced ingredients; Dankowskie gold rye and pristine artesian water from their own wells. The water brings smoothness and the rye gives it its character. It can be served on its own or over ice and makes an unrivalled Vodka Martini.Buy now from
Unlike most vodkas which are generally made from grain, Ciroc Vodka is distilled from French grapes and is gluten free. It is the fine French grapes and the fifth distillation at the historic Distillerie de Chevanceaux in the South of France that give Ciroc Vodka its distinctive flavour; a fresh citrusy taste.
Choose from a wide selection of different flavour Ciroc Vodkas and create wonderful cocktails; the possibilities are endless.Buy now from
Black Cow is an English vodka that is produced at Childhay Manor in West Dorset.
Invented by Jason Barber, a dairy farmer, the brand claims to be the only vodka in the world to be made from milk alone. Made from whey, it is made entirely from the milk of grass grazed cows and has a distinctive smooth and creamy character.
Black Cow Vodka won a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition in 2015 and added to your cocktails, you could create some prize worthy Vodka Cocktail creations.Buy now from
A super-smooth, full-bodied artisan vodka made by using some of the finest potato crops and traditional distillation methods.
With a superb purity of style, pick out light notes of macadamia nuts, white pepper and rich, buttery mashed potatoes.
Chase English Potato Vodka is grown, distilled and bottled in Herefordshire, England and is also available in a variety of mouth-watering flavours.Buy now from
If you don’t like aniseed, then this cocktail should be avoided! The aniseed from the absinthe is quite strong, but for those who are partial to this flavour, it should be a winner. It’s summery in colour, sweet and complex in taste with a real kick to it; definitely a ‘marmite’ cocktail.
This Watermelon Lemonade recipe is a refreshing and healthy summer drink. Naturally sweet and low in calories, watermelons make a lovely drink when blitzed.
The Pina Colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978 and was first introduced in 1954 to customers in San Juan, Puerto Rico by Ramon Perez. The Pina Colada even featured in a hit song by Rupert Homes in 1979.
It’s a sweet cocktail that is made with rum, coconut cream or coconut milk, and pineapple juice and is served either blended or shaken with ice. A tropical cocktail that is a guilty secret pleasure maybe?