Tito's handmade vodka
Produced in Austin, TX, Tito's vodka is microdistilled six times in just 10 old-fashioned pot stills, and made from yellow corn instead of potatoes or wheat. "The corn is what gives it its mildly sweet aftertaste," says Ray Anguiano, head bartender at Atwood Restaurant in Chicago. In 2001 Tito's won the Double Gold Medal for vodka at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, beating out 71 of its high-priced competitors and received a four-star ranking from Spirit Journal. In 2007 it won four stars again.
J. Rieger & Co. Midwestern premium vodka
"J. Rieger & Co. really brings something to the table that you don't see very often in resurrected brands: being relatable," says Andrew Olsen, bar manager at Bluestem in Kansas City, Missouri. "The story of J Rieger & Co. is a strong part of Kansas City culture. That connection is felt whether you are from KC or not." In addition to having a damn cool bottle, this vodka uses a blend of potato, corn, and wheat, which gives it a great aroma and flavor. "This creates a great base to not only allow you to experience the modifiers in the drink, but also allows you to enjoy how palatable the vodka truly is."