Let’s get one thing straight: all liquor, no matter what it’s made from, is completely gluten-free after it has been distilled. If you’re still not convinced, you can stick to your corn and grape-based vodkas and believe the fake news. If you’re willing to take our word, these seven wheat and rye vodkas are not only gluten-free, they’re also delicious and unique.
Made from 100-percent winter wheat from the Picardy region of France, this premium French vodka is exceptionally smooth and viscous. Its luscious texture and clean taste stem from a single distillation and the use of natural spring water from the Gensac-la-Pallue region to bring the spirit to proof. Grey Goose is the ideal companion to seltzer in a Vodka Soda or as the base of a stirred cocktail like the Vesper.
Produced by one of the oldest vodka distilleries in the world—the Nolet Distillery in the Netherlands—Ketel One Vodka is named after the original coal-fired copper still that was used to distill it: Distilleerketel #1. Fermented from 100 percent non-GMO wheat, Ketel One vodka is a blend of spirits that are distilled on both a column still and a copper alembic still (including the original still that shares the brand’s namesake). After distillation, the vodka is rested for up to six weeks in tile-lined tanks to further remove any impurities. Bright, silky and honeyed, this vodka is so luxuriously smooth that it can be served with just a cube of ice.
Known more for its lamb, Hobbits and Sauvignon Blanc wine, New Zealand’s 42 Below Vodka is one of its most underrated exports. Fermented from 100 percent wheat, this vodka is charcoal filtered after distillation and brought to proof with volcanic spring water—resulting in an exceptionally silky spirit. On the palate, the vodka is sumptuous, slightly creamy and naturally sweet. Incredibly versatile in cocktails, it’s especially delicious in bright, fruity drinks like the Bay Breeze or citrus-heavy cocktails like the Vodka Gimlet.
This is the vodka you want for your Vodka Martini. It is viscous and almost syrupy when ice cold, it has a piquant white pepper finish, and it evokes the clean crispness of mountain springwater. Made in Poland from 100 percent Dankowski rye (which gives the spirit its distinct pepper-heavy flavor) and artesian spring water, Belvedere is as minimal and delicious as vodka gets.
Another Polish rye-based vodka, Chopin is less refined and more naturally flavorful than Belvedere. Produced by a second-generation, family-operated distillery in the village of Krzesk, Chopin is made from 100 percent Polish rye on a copper column still. In the glass, Chopin gives off aromas of freshly baked bread and flavors of burnt toast, freshly ground black pepper and caraway. Rustic and complex, this vodka creates extraordinary Bloody Marys and savory Martini variations like the Tuxedo, Gibson or Burnt variety.
Made from both rye and wheat, Stolichnaya is the quintessential Russian vodka. After fermentation (and the initial pass through the still), the vodka is distilled three times to get the purest expression. It’s then diluted to 40-percent ABV and filtered through quartz, sand, activated charcoal and a tightly woven cloth to achieve a crystal clear spirit. With a flavor so dry and clean that the spirit is almost flavorless (AKA boozy water), Stoli is a dependable vodka to have behind the bar for cocktails.
A new-ish craft vodka produced in Idaho, Square One vodka is made from 100 percent organic rye grown by a co-op farm in rural Montana. After distillation, the vodka is brought to proof with natural spring water sourced in Wyoming from the Snake River watershed. Rustic and less refined like Chopin, this vodka has an almost nutty flavor with notes of sea salt-covered almonds, toasted everything bagels with butter, and white pepper heat. It’s a singular expression for vodka lovers who aren’t afraid of a little more flavor in their clear spirits.