Vodka Recipes and Prices

Vodka brands: HDW CLIX

Man has been always striving for perfection in everything: art, sport and other areas… So Americans created premium vodka HDW CLIX, which was distilled as many as 159 times in the manufacturing process.

Why this queer and not very neat name of the drink – “HDW CLIX”? It turns out that here the name of its creator is encrypted, the master distiller, Harlen Davis Wheatley, whose initials make up the first part of the name of vodka. The second part is the Roman numerals signifying the number 159, the number of distillations of the product.

HDW CLIX is produced at the distillery Buffalo Trace, which is based in the United States. The idea to create this “perfect” vodka was born ten years ago, when Wheatley, author of the idea, took the lead of a small group of professionals engaged in product development: the work took seven years: the design, planning and installation of specially designed copper and stainless steel stills, ovens and fermenters.

Harlen Davis Wheatley is the creator of "perfect vodka".
Harlen Davis Wheatley is the creator of “perfect vodka”.

The manufacturing process of this unique vodka is quite interesting. For its production 28,400 gallons of wort mash were taken, which were divided into 143 small batches of 200 gallons, and each such batch contained different amounts of the best hand-selected corn, wheat, rye and barley. These batches have been carefully fermented separately and distilled 143 times, within six months, and as a result of 20 gallons of vodka were produced from each of these batches.

Then these vodka batches have been carefully selected and blended in the another 14 batches, each of which was distilled again, in total having produced only 400 gallons of vodka. Finally, all these batches have been blended into one, and it distilled two more times, yielding only 332 gallons of vodka, which is enough for a limited edition of 2,000 bottles.

So, within a year the raw materials of vodka got through 159 distillations and was shrunk in 85-plus times. But that is not all yet! After all the distillations vodka was left in the tank made of stainless steel 12 more months. Why? The producers say it provides softness of this perfect vodka before bottling.

The bottles are made of crystal: the decanter for the perfect vodka HDW CLIX was designed by a special company engaged in the production of art glass, Nouvel Studio. For good measure, the bottle is packed in a special wooden container.

What is the conclusion? According to the manufacturers, their effort was not in vain: vodka HDW CLIX has a nice taste, good smell, it is soft, subtle, elegant, stylish … In short, perfect. The vodka price is about $300 for a bottle of 0.75 l.

Popular polish vodka brands

Poland is the leader in the volume and brand range of vodkas. In Poland vodka is traditionally divided into two kinds: pure and premium. Pure vodkas are similar to Russian in composition, they do not have distinguishable aroma and taste, polish premium vodka is usually a flavoured drink, for example, liquor.
Here is the list of Polish vodka brands:

  1. Wyborowa. One of the most popular in the domestic and foreign market, its part amounts to a quarter of the vodka consumed in the country. It is produced from the highest quality rye alcohol and mineralized water, which makes it soft, slightly sweet taste.
  2. 21-Excellent vodka. In its manufacture rye alcohol and well water are used. The high degree of purity of ingredients ensures taste quality. ABV – 40%
  3. Baltic. The potato vodka with the ABV of 40%. Its variety is Special Baltic with the addition of rye alcohol, which is matured for two years in oak barrels.
  4. Victory. It is produced from best rye alcohol and mineralized water according to a special recipe that provides pleasant, delicate aroma and flavour. ABV – 39%.
  5. Wodka Mono-polowa J. A. Baczewski. It belongs to the category of mass vodka, produced by the original recipe by the Baczewski family with the addition of natural flavours. ABV – 40%.
  6. Wyborna zytnia. This vodka is made from mixture of grain and potato alcohol, which gives a unique taste. ABV – 40%.
  7. Ideal. Manufactured from rye alcohol, comes with ABV of 38, 40 and 45%.
  8. Karpatia. The special production technology of this vodka is adding fruit alcohol. Available in two versions of ABV: 38 and 42%.
  9. Copernicus. Based on rye “Luxe” alcohol. There are two varieties: Luxury (ABV – 40%) and Light (39%).
  10. Krakus. This drink belongs to rye vodkas, has a mild, slightly sweet flavour and grain aroma. The (ABV – 39%)
  11. Lublinka. It consists of best rye alcohol and specially treated water that gives this drink sweet aroma and the taste of pure grain vodka. ABV – 40%. There are varieties called Lublinka zytnia with ABV of 39 and 40%.
  12. Luksusowa. It is produced according to the special technology with adding high quality alcohol and mineralized water. It has typical for this class of vodka aroma and taste. ABV – 40%.
  13. Mazowiecka zytnia. Produced from rye alcohol with addition of fruit alcohol. ABV – 40%.
  14. Nasza wodka czysta. Rye vodka belonging to mass varieties. ABV – 40%.
  15. Polonez. Produced from rye alcohol in two varieties: ABV of 40% (with white label) and 50% (with blue label).
  16. Tania. High-quality vodka made from rye alcohol and mineral water. ABV – 40%.
  17. Chopin. Higher grades of rye and specially treated water is used for the production of this vodka. Available in two ABVs: 40 and 45%.

    A special feature of Chopin is the bottle of ground glass.
    A special feature of ‘Chopin’ is the bottle of ground glass.
  18. Extra Zytnia. The recipe of this vodka stands out for the use of rye alcohol along with a small amount of apple alcohol and fruit aromatic alcohol additives, which imparts softness, aroma of fruits and grain. ABV – 40%. The variety Specjalna Zytnia is available with a high degree of purification in several versions: with ABV of 40% (blue label), 45% (red label), flavoured – lemon, orange, pepper, coconut and peach (ABV – 38%).

Besides, potato vodka brands have become very popular (Vistula, Alpejska), as well as kosher vodka, made in accordance with Jewish religious prescriptions. There are about 20 vodkas produced according to traditional Jewish recipes, the most popular of them Kosher, Trojka-Luxury, Szaba-sowka, Purim, Happy.

Among the mass varieties of vodka the following brands can be noted: Cymes, Korsarska, Bosmanska, Kapitanska, Admiral, Mariner, Nord, Galileo, Belveder, and others.

Poland, like other countries of the world, creates more and more ventures for the production of vodka with leading manufacturers and firms. Together with the British company Euro Class the vodka Rose Petal is produced (made from with the addition of aromatized rose oil), high-grade flavoured liqueurs (plum, orange, lemon, cherry). The American corporation IDV produces Smirnoff Red in Poland.

Top-10 expensive vodka brands

Vodka is a drink consisting mostly of water and ethanol. Expensive ultra-premium brands of vodka began to appear since 2000.

10. Vodka “Alize” ($ 2,000)

This vodka was created to celebrate the Valentine’s Day in 2007. The drink was presented as the best gift that you can give for your loved one. Though it is not a vodka, but a vodka-based cocktail “Rose Alize”, consisting of cognac, French vodka, lychee, strawberry, rose and passionfruit.

9. Vodka “Imperial Collection” Super Premium ($ 2,400)

The bottles, in which this vodka is poured, have an eye-catching design: a gold-plated eagle sits on a Faberge egg, inside of which a decanter with a drink is placed. Besides, the Faberge egg is made manually.

8. “Stolichnaya” Elite from the Himalayas ($ 3,000)

This vodka consists of pure water from the wells of the Himalayas and Russian winter wheat grains. Bottles are blown out of glass manually, the kit is completed with gilded knife for chopping ice.

7. Vodka “Iordanov” ($ 4353)

This vodka is made of the purest spring water from a distant corner of northern Europe. The bottle is encrusted with 14 thousand Swarovski crystals.

6. Vodka “Oval” with Swarovski crystals ($ 6922)

The design and manufacture of vodka bottles is held by the company “Oval Vodka”. This expensive vodka in elegant and unique containers is produced in limited quantities. Seven thousand Swarovski crystals adorn the bottle.

Oval Vodka may be found only in high class nightclubs.
Oval Vodka may be found only in high class nightclubs.

5. Vodka “Belver Bears” by Belvedere ($ 7240)

This vodka with an unusual name was produced for sale during the Cannes Film Festival in France. Only a few VIP-guests got a chance to try this expensive drink from a very limited edition.

4. “Russian-Baltic” vodka ($ 740 000)

This vodka is especially appreciated because it is made according to an ancient recipe. It is the perfect combination of the bottle design and its contents which will charm anyone who prefers perennial classics.

3. Vodka “Diva” Premium ($ 1 mill.)

Back in the day it was the most glamorous vodka in the world. Drink was presented as the purest vodka, which passed triple filtration and was clarified with gemstones. Vodka is produced from pure spring water filtered with ice. The centre of the bottle is adorned with gems. The finishing touch to the price is diamond sand and birch charcoal also used in the production of the drink.

2. New “Russian-Baltic” vodka ($ 1.35 mill.)

The manufacturer of the drink is a car brand “Russo-Baltique” (Russo-Balt). The bottle, in which the expensive drink is poured, reflects elegant classic design of “Russo-Balt” cars.

1. Vodka “LeBillionaire” ($ 3.7 mill.)

The designer of the bottle is the exclusive design company “LeonVeres”. Vodka is clarified with gems, and the bottle is decorated with more than three thousand diamonds.

Vodka’s effect on health

There have always been a lot of arguments what effect vodka has on a human’s health. Even though overusing of the spirit leads to rather negative results, the positive effects on health have also been proved. Vodka is often added to beauty products such as skincare lotions and tonics. The reason why it is widely used obvious: it has valuable antiseptic qualities and helps the wounds heal.

Vodka has some noticeable health benefits
Vodka has some noticeable health benefits


The composition of vodka

Vodka is an alcohol drink that is produced by mixing ethanol with water. The volume of ethanol in traditional recipe of vodka is usually 40%, although the proportion of ethanol and water depends on the standards of a country. The standard of European vodka is 37,5, while vodka in USA contains 30% of ethanol. Quite often vodka is mixed with some additional ingredients that soften the spirit’s taste. The spirit is used as an ingredient for a number of vodka cocktails and other drinks.

The history of vodka

The origin of the most common alcohol drink in the world is still debatable. Some claim that its roots date back to the IX century in Russia where as others believe that it appeared in VIII century in Poland. In fact, the historical sources say that the process of distillation the Poles learned from Holy Roman Empire in XIV century. The first mentions of the distillation take us to the 1st century in Alexandria.

Initially vodka was used for medical purposes and was highly respected for its positive effects. Vodka was a basic ingredient for herbal concoctions that possessed unique healing qualities. A bit further it was used by different brands of vodka in making flavored spirits.

Benefits of vodka

Besides the well-known quality of vodka to reduce stress pressure, it is appreciated as an anesthetic. With a help of a range of flowers, herbs and different flavors vodka was used to treat a number of health conditions such as head and aches. Among other positive effects of vodka there are:

  • A cardio effect. The spirit has a protective effect on heart. Consuming moderate amounts of vodka helps improve blood vessels and stimulate the blood circulation. In this way, vodka is able to prevent you from a stroke and a heart attack.
  • Skin and hair care. Vodka works as a cleanser for pores and effects the hair growth. That is why it is a common ingredient for tonics, lotions, cleansers and conditioners.
  • Vodka is a first aid if you happen to get a wound, e.g. a bite or a knife cut. Vodka is a great disinfector which prevents infections from growing.
  • There were indications that vodka is useful when consumed in little doses (25-30 ml). People who sometimes take small vodka doses are less likely to have arthritis, cancer, cold and angina. Small doses of vodka helps to normalize sleep, improves appetite and immune system.
  • The drink also stops coughing fits while bronchitis and tracheitis.
  • The small amounts of vodka lowers the blood pressure.


Even though vodka possesses a plenty of positive effects on health, the overconsumption of alcohol may result in an increased risk of brain and liver deceases. Overusing of vodka leads to fastening of a heart pulse, increasing of blood pressure and appearing of heart diseases. Excessive consumption of alcohol may also lead to an overproduction of adrenaline. This may lead to a fastened tiredness and fatigue.

Taking alcohol during pregnancy results in fetal alcohol syndrome, i.g. mental problems. Consuming vodka and other alcohol might also cause harm while taking medicines, that is why drinking vodka is forbidden during the most therapies.

The best coconut vodka brands

The history and production of coconut vodka

As manufacturers say, the drink was created 400 years ago. The recipe is based on the ancient Philippine technology. Even before the Spanish conquistadors set foot on the island, locals enjoyed this amazing drink. In those ancient times when no one even knew that such civilization existed, coconut vodka cemented friendship of the Pacific tribes. It was a traditional aboriginal drink.
The name of this vodka speaks for itself. Unlike most variations of vodka made of wheat or potato, this sort is made of coconut juice. Due to the tropical climate and rich volcanic soil, best coconut trees of the world grow in the Philippines. The fruits hang at the height of about nine meters, but the locals are used to collecting them every morning and preparing for fermentation and distillation.
When the coconut nectar gets hard, the process of multiple purification follows. After that, the liquid is mixed with water, filtered with special substance containing activated carbon. The carbon has pores large enough to magnet molecules of harmful substances. Thus, having undergone through this process of filtration, coconut vodka becomes a natural product. On their merchant ships, Filipino sailors brought the recipe in Mexico. Having changed it a little and added new components Mexicans invented tequila.

The best brands of vodka made of coconut

VuQo Premium Vodka is produced according to the original Philippine recipe.
VuQo Premium Vodka is produced according to the original Philippine recipe.

Traditionally, VuQo Premium Vodka is considered to be the only genuine coconut vodka, since it is distilled from coconut nectar, it is not just coconut flavoured. Many companies are trying to bring its products closer to the original, and they succeed in it pretty well. In almost any supermarket you can find good vodka with coconut taste, or cook it yourself.
French vodka manufacturer Grey Goose for several years has been experimenting with different fruits: pears, oranges and coconut. Therefore, one of the varieties is made of coconut. Although the French vodka, of course, far from the original.
Vietnamese coconut Dai Viet vodka has a very pleasant smell. The taste is soft, you can drink it without any food. Designed mainly for ladies.
Another coconut vodka brand, Cocoin, is produced in Lithuania. Its flavour is completed with lime, vanilla and sugar cane notes.
Laplandia Coco Shot is a Finnish brand of coconut vodka. It is an exquisite drink with rich flavour achieved by the use of natural ingredients: wheat-based vodka, ice water and coconut juice.

French vodka list

French vodka is often put on the tops of the good vodka brandslists. Their manufacturers don’t stop surprising us with new products. So which famous brands are the best?

L’eau- de – vie

L’eau-de-vie (eng. water of life) is a name of flavored vodka given by the French doctors. The thing is vodkawas once believed to have unique healing qualities. Thus alcohol in vodka was said to be an all-purpose cure similar to the elixir of life, that’s why it was widely used in medicine. Later the French physician found a way to strengthen the medical magic by adding medicative herbs that became aprototype of flavors. For English-speaking countries today eau- de -vie is term for vodka distilled from fruit. However for the French this is a general name for all distilled spirits.

The example of the water of life is a French brand CÎROC produced be the world leading manufacturer Diageo.The ingredients for vodka are grown in the vineyards of Gaillac region on the high altitude. About this fact we can learn from the brand nameCÎ – ROC, a mix of French words cime( eng. peak, summit) and roche (eng. rock). Thanks to its delicate taste CÎROCisamong the best top vodka brands.

French luxury

If you are seeking French luxury vodka, Grey Goose is the one that you cannot miss. This brand has been heading the french vodka listfor recent years. What is it secret? The answer lies in its basic ingredients – alcohol and water. Despite the simplicity, not every product has such a quality as Grey Goose. The process of vodka distillation is heldin Picardie froma winter wheat that is grown in the same place. The water is taken from a spring located in the depth of more than 150 m in Champagne. After that the composition is going through the copper filters that make an appearing of any kind of precipitate impossible. Such thorough procedure is a reason why Grey goose is a spirit of such a great quality.

Flavors of Grey Goose
Flavors of Grey Goose

Coctail time

There are so many kinds of all flavors of vodka that it is easy to find oneself hesitating which one to choose. Flavors give vodka more delicate and more specific taste than bare alcohol with water can do. Many people enjoy the unique tastes of flavored vodka while some of them even learn the craft of making wonderful cocktails. Mariette is one of the most popular cocktail ingredients among those who are into mixing.

A bottle of Mariette vodka is what needed for luxurious cocktail
A bottle of Mariette vodka is what needed for luxurious cocktail

A unique mix

Dragon Bleu positions itself as an only vodka produced from a mixture of different kinds of the alcohol. It is distilled from barley, rye, wheat and spring water. Dragon Bleu is among world best vodka premium spirits manufactured in Saint-Preuil. Just as other French vodkas this one is beloved for its quality achieved by the thorough distillation process. In general its produced four types of this vodka : one unflavored and three flavored.

Different types of Dragon Bleu vodka
Different types of Dragon Bleu vodka

Is vodka made from potatoes?

The most common belief about vodka production is that this popular spirit is made from potatoes. In fact, the majority of vodka has been made from grains for a pretty long time. When and how did this myth appear?


Initially appeared in South America, vodka came to Europe in the beginning of XVI century and was made from grains and grapes, the same ingredients used nowadays. Potato vodka became dominant in XVIII-XIX centuries in Poland, as by that time this vegetable had worked its way up from being a food of the rich to becoming a simple food of the peasants. In those times the potatoes were much cheaper than wheat due to their high extension.

Another answer to the question ‘is vodka made from potatoes?’ takes us to other historical events. In the end of XIX – early XX century the temperance movement broke out in Scandinavian countries. The government considered alcohol to be evil but still, sometimes, a needed one. It led to production vodka from the lowest- quality ingredient available – potatoes.

What is vodka made from?

Despite the fact that vodka made from potatoes still exists, potato is not the most common ingredient anymore. Vodka can be made from any product that contains sugar or starchsuch as grapes, wheat, rye, soy, beets and so on. The modern technology of producing vodka using cereals comes from 90s of the XIX century, and is still respected by the best vodka brands.

Best flavored vodka brands

Smirnoffs’ manufacturers became the authority on flavors

Flavored vodka earned its popularity among the connoisseurs who prefer delicate taste of the drink. The fruit flavors is found in the ranges of the famous vodka manufacturers. Popular vodka flavors are favorite guests at every party, as it is one of the main ingredients for making coctails.

Cherry vodka brands

Initially appeared in Russia, today Smirnoff vodka is manufactured by British company Diageo. It is available in 130 countries. Nowadays Smirnoff fabricates, not only simple vodka, but they also offer an impressive variety of cocktails and
flavored spirits.

Smirnoff cherry vodka

SMIRNOFF® Cherry is a vodka specialty enhanced with the essence of all-natural cherries, plump and bursting with flavor. A delightfully distinct choice, SMIRNOFF® Cherry is sure to be the start of a most delicious night.

Absolut Cherrys

Absolut is a well-known factory with a wonderful reputation

Absolut is always put at the top of the list, especially, when it comes to best vodka drinks. It is one of the most well-known vodkas after Smirnoff, and its unique shape of the bottle is recognized all over the world. Every time Absolut launches a new vodka line, it means that a new bottle design appears along with a flavor, such as City series.

Cherry flavored vodka

The true tasted of sun-ripe cherries, fresh white cranberry and sweet plum. When we were to launch Absolut Cherrys in the US in May 2012, someone said: “Its taste is so multi-dimensional, that you can make a sophisticated drink just by adding one ingredient.” This is true, which makes Absolut Cherrys incredibly easy to mix.

Grey Goose Cherry Noir

Made with the finest ripe black cherries, grey goose cherry noir combines the aroma of fresh cherries and sweet red fruits with dark fruit flavors and layers of spice. The result: a sophisticated, sensuous flavored vodka and extraordinary complement to any night.

Grey Goose is a French vodka brand fabricated in special Maître de Chai tradition, which is about producing flavors during the distillation. It is completely made using French products that is why it is fulfilled with French enchantment.

Orange flavored vodka brands

Speaking of the best orange flavored vodka, Smirnoff heads the list again. As each of any other Smirnoff products, it is made by using only natural ingredients that create a harmonious, sweet and delicate taste. These range orange flavor will only make any kind of a cocktail more sophisticated.

SMIRNOFF® Orange is a blend of six juicy orange varietals for an all-natural sweet-tart flavor with a full plump mouthfeel. The warm spice of the Royal Mandarin mingles with the tropical undertones of the Cara Cara Navel and Satsuma Mandarin to create a refreshingly complex, yet complementary, taste experience.

Grey Goose L’Orange

Every litre of grey goose l’orange contains the natural essence of one kilogram of fresh oranges. The concentrated citrus oil extract gives grey goose l’orange its light and crisp flavour, perfectly mirroring the zest of an orange

This vodka taste gives you a feeling of warmth, reminding about bright orange slices. All of the steps of its production are realized in French province Cognac where carefully selected sorts of wheat and barley are used.

Pear vodka brands

Introduced in 2007, Absolut Pears is quite a newcomer in the Absolut family. And as with all talented rookies, the audience soon took it to their hearts. Probably because it’s such a good alternative to other overly sugared alternatives around.
Again, one of the most luxury vodka brands Absolut demonstrates one of the products among the famous family. Its taste is made so delicate by exclusively natural ingredients without any sugar added.

The taste of pears and brand vodka in Absolut

Grey Goose La Poir

Now it is undeniable that the French keep secret of not only a great wine, in addition they learned to produce high-quality flavored vodka becoming one of the premium vodka brands.

François thibault created la poire specifically to reflect the taste and freshness of an anjou pear—a classic flavour of french cuisine. The result is flavoured vodka alive with the aromas of fresh pears and a crisp, smooth taste.

Best chocolate vodka

Godiva liquor has a delicate taste of chocolate which will appeal even to demanding connoisseurs

Have you ever thought how much vodka has changed throughout its history? Initially distilled from potatoes, nowadays vodka manufacturers offer a wide variety of this spirit made by distillation of cereals, adding all possible flavors to satisfy even demanding connoisseurs.

Chocolate vodka

Not long ago chocolate vodka became a sensation in the vodka market, and now chocolate is believed to add the luxurious taste to the drink. Today the most popular vodka brands in the world refresh their assortments with chocolate vodka.

Chocolate vodka brands

Godiva brand is famous for its sweet products known around the worldGodiva is a famous Belgian chocolate factory founded in 1926, named after legendary lady Godiva, the wife of the Anglo-Saxon earl. The factory is reputed all over the world becauseof their high-quality for their high-quality chocolate productions. It owns over 600 boutiques in Canada, USA, Europe and Asia, and its signature is well – recognized almost everywhere. No wonder, that their choсolate liqueur earned a fame of being not just really good vodka, but a sheer luxury.

The factory produces three types of Godiva chocolate liqueur:

Dark Chocolate Liqueur

The decadent flavors of unsweetened dark chocolate, bright black cheery, candied sweet orange peel and a hint of cold-brewed coffee

Milk Chocolate Liqueur

The perfect expression of liquid chocolate-soft and creamy on the palate with a rich, silky finish.

White Chocolate Liqueur

Delicate flavors of white chocolate and Madagascar Vanilla with a soft, lush finish.

Marie Brizard Chocolat Royal

This liquor is full of French charm created by its taste.

The finest cocoa beans from Africa are selected to make this liqueur, which releases the full flavour of dark chocolate in the mouth, together with hints of vanilla. A recipe that combines all the velvety smoothness and the power of chocolate.

Marie Brizard et Roger International is a French company started in 1755. It is well – known for the broad production in more than 120 countries. Chocolat Royal liqueur is one more example of the best vodkas in the world, appreciated for its French charm. The liqueur has a delicate taste and aroma of the fresh fruit and berries. After the ripened ingredients are finally picked, they are distilled according to special recipe of the company Marie Brizard, which makes this chocolate spirit the top brand vodka.

Mozart Chocolate Liqueur

Thanks to its special technoligy, Mozart liquor has a brilliant taste of a high-class drink.

Mozart liquor vodka is an Austrian leader among chocolate alcohol drinks. The factory manufactures the unique products with sophisticated tastes and delicate flavors. The secret of Mozart liquor lies in its special technology of sound-milling. The technology is about grinding cocoa-beans using ultrasound. It is said that the music of Mozart himself is used for producing famous liquors

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