Although gin and rum are on the rise in SA, vodka is still a clear spirit champion – whether it be for making cocktails or simply sipping it on the rocks; and we’ve got a list of five of the best vodkas to keep an eye out for!
Skyy Blue Vodka
The cobalt-blue bottle is pretty unmistakable, and if you’re looking for a smooth vodka, then so is the taste. Skyy’s claim to fame is that its founder wanted to create the smoothest vodka around, which was achieved through a quadruple distilling and triple-filtration process. So, if easy drinking and smooth sophistication are what you need, then look no further.
Durbanville Distillery Vodka
This locally distilled vodka is made right at South Africa’s own Durbanville Distillery. They use only the best natural ingredients that the area has to offer, but they’ve also got a trick up their sleeve in the distilling and creation process: They use cold-distillation methods which reduce the harsher taste elements associated with boiling temperatures. Local is lekker, indeed!
Belvedere Mango Passion Vodka
Fruity cocktails might be better associated with the summer months, but considering how mild the South African autumns and winters have become, adding a bit of a flavoured punch to your vodka cocktail is not a bad idea.
Beluga Noble Russian Vodka
With all the fruity variants and global appeal to distilling vodka, it’s easy to forget that Russia is the home of this clear spirit, and sometimes, the originals are the best. Beluga is a super-premium Russian vodka that uses Siberian water and Russian malt to achieve a full flavour and sweeter hints than many other vodkas. Note: this is typically enjoyed neat – as the original distillers of vodka intended.
Siku Glacier Vodka
Want your vodka to be a talking point of a party as well as having a unique taste? It doesn’t get much more interesting than being able to put a bottle of vodka on the table that uses actual glacial water from the Qalerallit Sermia glacier in Greenland.
So whether you just need something tasty to get the party started or you’re on your way to becoming a vodka connoisseur – there’s something for everyone here!